‘Jeopardy!’: Tom Hanks Once Had Hilarious Reaction to Contestants Not Recognizing Him

by Jennifer Shea

In a throwback video clip from “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that originally aired in November of 2019, actor Tom Hanks had a hilarious reaction to a “Jeopardy!” snub that went viral.

The show in question took place during late great “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek’s tenure. And in it, the three contestants utterly failed to recognize Hanks’ work.

‘Jeopardy!’ Question on Tom Hanks Elicits Silence From Contestants

Kimmel showed Hanks the clip, from an episode of “Jeopardy!” the previous week. In it, one contestant had picked “Biopics” for $200. So the clue was: “In ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,’ beloved children’s TV show host Mister Rogers is played by this beloved actor.”

However, it met with stumped silence from the “Jeopardy!” contestants.

“Film opens Friday, that’s Tom Hanks,” Trebek supplied.

“You are kidding me!” Hanks exclaimed, to audience laughter. “You are kidding me! They didn’t even have any wrong [answers]. You know? Bing! ‘Woody Harrelson?’ ‘No.’”

Watch the clip of Hanks’ reaction to the “Jeopardy!” episode here:

Hanks Has Recovered from Bout With COVID-19

That exchange on “Jimmy Kimmel” took place shortly before the pandemic struck. And once it did, Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson became the first big celebrities to announce they’d come down with COVID-19.

The couple recovered in a hospital in Australia, where Hanks had been shooting a Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic about Elvis Presley in which he plays Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, according to the Associated Press.

“To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus and were found to be positive,” Hanks said at the time.

More recently, Wilson told the “Today” show that she and Hanks still haven’t received their COVID-19 vaccinations yet, though Hanks has said his antibodies to the virus are fading.

“We haven’t gotten our vaccine yet,” Wilson said. “How about hearing this for the first time in your life: ‘You’re not old enough.’ It’s like, ‘OK, I’ll take that!’”

However, Wilson added that they are in line for the vaccine now that the next tier is opening up. And that’s fortunate for her, because as Hanks pointed out on “The National Defense Radio Show” last April, she had a rougher bout with COVID-19 than Hanks did.

“Rita went through a tougher time than I did,” he said. “She had a much higher fever and she had some other symptoms. She lost her sense of taste and smell. [And] she got absolutely no joy from food for a better part of three weeks.”

With COVID-19 behind them, Hanks and Wilson can perhaps now turn their attention to more pressing matters. Like, for example, watching “Jeopardy!”.