David Gold, a pediatrician from Plainview, New York was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on February 10, 2000. He walked away with $0 after incorrectly answering his $1,000 question.

He became the third contestant to leave empty-handed on the American show.


Fastest Finger Question Edit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these literary characters in the order they were first introduced, starting with the earliest.
• A: Holly Golightly • B: Scarlett O'Hara
• C: Moll Flanders • D: Bridget Jones

From the 8 remaining contestans, two got it right, but David was the fastest (with 6.08 seconds) to answer correctly C-B-A-D, making it into the Hot Seat.

David's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
If someone tells you that you have "bats in your belfry", what are they accusing you of being?
• A: Lazy • B: Crazy
• C: Dirty • D: Stuffy
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
The brand name Guess is usually followed by what punctuation mark?
• A: * • B: ?
• C: ! • D: &
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
The statuette given out at the Academy Awards is commonly known by what name?
• A: Felix • B: Oscar
• C: Mayer • D: Groucho
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the president of the Confederate States during the Civil War?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Jefferson Davis • B: Robert E. Lee
• C: John C. Calhoun • D: Judah P. Benjamin
Ask the Audience Results: A: 51% • B: 32% • C: 10% • D: 7%
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Lisa Leslie is a professional athlete in what sport?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Golf • B: Volleyball
• C: Soccer • D: Basketball


  • David Gold is the first $0 winner to get past the $100 question, and also the first $0 winner to get to question 5, the $1,000 question, before losing. Question 5 is the last point in the game at which a contestant can still go home with nothing.


Preceded by
Drew Fine
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
David Gold
Succeeded by
Steve Ellson