'Willy Wonka' star on 'Jeopardy!' a treat for fans

Paris Themmen didn't mention his role as Mike Teevee on "Jeopardy!" but some fans recognized him.

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  • Twitter was delighted with Paris Themmen's appearance on the game show
  • Ex-child actor's character in the 1971 classic film was obsessed with TV

(CNN)Yes, that was Mike Teevee on your TV.

Paris Themmen was a child actor when he portrayed that character in the classic 1971 film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl.
Now 58, Themmen made an appearance Monday on the game show "Jeopardy!" where he failed to mention his star turn as the character who was obsessed with television and cowboys.
    And while he didn't send himself through the TV like his character, that didn't mean fans failed to recognize him.
    "Is nobody realizing that Paris on Jeopardy right now, is Mike TV from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?....Like legit it's the actor," one person tweeted.
    Viewers learned that Themmen is now an entrepreneur and an avid backpacker who has traveled to more than 60 countries.
    He's also a pretty good "Jeopardy!" player, coming in second place with a total of $6,800 in winnings.