This article was originally published April 26th and has since been updated and expanded. Please scroll down for the latest updates.
Harry Shearer and Neil Patrick Harris are among the nine finalists competing on the JEOPARDY! Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational May 3-7 (check your local listings for showtimes in your area).
Of the nine finalists, Shearer and Harris are by far the most prolific voiceoverists in animation.
Shearer, of Simpsons‘ fame, is the voice of many of the show’s popular characters: Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy, Kent Brockman and Principal Skinner (just to name a “few”).
And Harris has voiced lead and guest starring roles for a number of animated productions: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Penguins of Madagascar, Robot Chicken, Family Guy, Spider-Man, and even had a cameo as himself on The Simpsons. He’s also voicing Nightwing/Dick Grayson for the upcoming direct-to-video animated feature Batman: Under the Red Hood.
Other celebrity participants in this competition have also voiced animated productions such as Michael McKean (voices on Harvey Birdman, Justice League, Family Guy), Cheech Marin (Cars, The Lion King series, Oliver & Company), Jane Curtin (Antz, Hercules, Recess, Cyberchase), Charles Shaughnessey (Stanley, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, The Tale of Despereaux, Rugrats: All Grown Up), and Jane Kaczmarek (voice of Judge Constance Harm, a recurring character on The Simpsons).
Update: 5.08 — Congratulations to Michael McKean on winning the JEOPARDY! Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational. Here’s the final results (via SonyPictures.com):
– Michael McKean: $11,200
15 correct answers / 2 incorrect
– Cheech Marin: $8,000
19 / 5
– Jane Curtin: $11,000
18 / 3
Thanks to McKean’s tournament win, his charity — the International Myeloma Foundation — earns $1,000,000. Jane Curtin’s charity — US Fund for UNICEF — gets $250,000, and Cheech Marin earned $100,000 for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
Update: 5.07 — Congrats to Michael McKean on his win for the first round of the finals. Here’s the results (via SonyPictures.com):
– Michael McKean: $21,600
24 correct answers / 0 incorrect
– Cheech Marin: $11,600
13 / 1
– Jane Curtin: $15,800
21 / 3
Update: 5.05 — Cheech Marin wins over Neil Patrick Harris and Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) in Round 3, which leaves Marin, McKean and Jane Curtin (3rd Rock from the Sun) as the finalists competing May 6-7.
Results from Round 3 (courtesy of SonyPictures.com):
– Neil Patrick Harris: $9,400
17 correct answers / 2 incorrect
– Jane Kaczmarek: $11,400
15 / 2
– Cheech Marin: $16,200
18 / 0
Update: 5.04 @ 11:30 PM — Michael McKean soundly beat his challengers Isaac Mizrahi and Charles Shaughnessey. Final results (courtesy of SonyPictures.com):
– Michael McKean: $18,800
25 correct / 2 incorrect
– Isaac Mizrahi: $9,600
16 / 1
– Charles Shaughnessey: $15,600
17 / 0
Update: 5.03 @ 10:00 PM (EST) — Although Shearer clearly has great knowledge of trivia, he was out-answered by Jane Curtin by 21 correct answers to Shearer’s 15. But he very nearly had a last-minute upset during Final Jeopardy, when she wagered a low amount while Shearer bet everything.
Final results (via SonyPictures.com):
– Pat Sajak: $4,800
12 correct answers, 5 incorrect
– Jane Curtin: $14,600
21 / 2
– Harry Shearer: $12,600
15 / 2
Ah, well…so much for my high hopes for a Spinal Tap cast face-off in the finals with Shearer against Michael McKean.
And courtesy of CBS’s official Jeopardy! YouTube Channel, following are highlights from the quarterfinals and interviews about the celebrities’ respective charities: