Charles Van Doren
Famed ‘Quiz Show’ Contestant
Dead at 93
4/10/2019 9:07 AM PDT
Charles famously admitted cheating on the NBC game show, “Twenty-One,” back in the 1950s. He actually testified before Congressional investigators and said the games were rigged. It was a huge scandal because prime time game shows were enormously popular back then … drawing up to 50 million viewers.
Van Doren won $129,000 — which would be more than $1 million today — but later told Congress he had been given the questions and answers in advance. He also said he was coached up on how to create more drama as he pondered his answers on the show.
Although he was from a very prominent and wealthy Manhattan family … Van Doren was disgraced after the cheating scandal. He went on to become an editor for Encyclopedia Britannica and wrote a few books.
He’d been living in the retirement community for several years before his death.
Van Doren was 93.