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Gary Levine, a dentist from Baldwin, New York, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on November 12, 1999. He walked away with $250,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these words from the 'Star-Spangled Banner' in the order they appear, starting at the beginning.
• A: Twilight's • B: Stripes
• C: Brave • D: Light
From the 10 contestants, only Gary (with a time of 17.08 seconds) was the one to correctly answer D-A-B-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Gary's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What two colors make up the traditional Oreo cookie?
• A: Red and white • B: Red and blue
• C: Black and white • D: Black and blue

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is commonly considered a martial art?
• A: Karate • B: Baseball
• C: Skiing • D: Hockey

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
The Golden Gate Bridge stands at the entrance of what U.S. bay?
• A: Chesapeake Bay • B: Tampa Bay
• C: San Francisco Bay • D: Bay of Pigs

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What mechanical instrument measures the distance a car travels?
• A: Transmission • B: Speedometer
• C: Kilometer • D: Odometer

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
In what TV series did actor Tom Hanks regularly appear in drag?
• A: Fantasy Island • B: Bosom Buddies
• C: Battlestar Galactica • D: Three's Company

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What fmaily's feud with the Hatfields lasted nearly 30 years and left over 20 people dead?
• A: Jacksons • B: Sullivans
• C: McCoys • D: Shermans

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 1980s, what 15-year-old actress' ads for Calvin Klein jeans sparked controversy?
• A: Drew Barrymore • B: Tatum O'Neal
• C: Jodie Foster • D: Brooke Shields

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Who won a 1996 Tony award for choreographing 'Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk'?
'50:50' and 'Ask the Audience' lifelines used
• A: Bob Fosse • B: Savion Glover - 62%
• C: Gregory Hines - 38% • D: Debbie Allen

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the original color of Post-it Notes?
• A: Green • B: Yellow
• C: Blue • D: Pink

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Who wrote the immortal Vito Corleone line, 'I'll make him an offer he can't refuse?'
• A: Mario Puzo • B: Jackie Collins
• C: Tom Clancy • D: Ian Fleming

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which one of the following painters was an impressionist?
• A: Claude Monet • B: Rembrandt van Rijn
• C: Jackson Pollock • D: Piet Mondrian

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following states was one of the colonies that composed the original United States in 1776?
• A: Ohio • B: Alabama
• C: Tennessee • D: New Jersey

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Queen Victoria is known as the empress of what country?
• A: India • B: Egypt
• C: Ireland • D: Canada

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
How many children did Captain Von Trapp have in the musical 'The Sound of Music'?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Seven • B: Eight
• C: Six • D: Nine
Gary did not know, so he decided to phone his friend John, who would guess Eight. Having narrowed it down to Seven or Eight, but not comfortable enough to lock in an answer, he decided to walk away with $250,000. The correct answer was A: Seven


  • Gary is the first contestant to have kept a lifeline past the $250,000 question.


Preceded by
Beth Plummer
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Gary Levine
Succeeded by
John LaMantia

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