Neil Larrimore, a DJ from Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, was the second-to-last contestant of the November 1999 run on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on November 24, 1999. (Brad Bianucci being the last, but his segment never aired). He walked away with $250,000. He later returned to the Champions Edition where he walked away with $64,000 ($32,000 went to him and the other $32,000 went to charity).


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put the following TV news personalities in order of their birth, starting with the oldest.
• A: Bryant Gumbel • B: Barbara Walters
• C: Matt Lauer • D: Ted Koppel
From the 10 contestants, 3 got it right, but Neil (with a time of 5.96 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-D-A-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Neil's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
In the Hans Christian Andersen's tale, the 'new clothes' the Emperor wore in the parade were made from what?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Lycra • B: Silk
• C: Nothing at all • D: Gold
Ask the Audience Results: A: 1% • B: 19% • C: 63% • D: 17%
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What mechanical 'animal' did John Travolta ride in the movie 'Urban Cowboy'?
• A: Bull • B: Elephant
• C: Pony • D: Frog
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
In a standard game of golf, what piece of equipment is officially used to hit the ball?
• A: Mallet • B: Foot
• C: Wicket • D: Club
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these industries existed before 1850?
• A: Airline • B: Television broadcasting
• C: Coal mining • D: Radio broadcasting
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which one of the following types of triangles has three equal sides?
• A: Scalene • B: Isosceles
• C: Acute • D: Equilateral
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these musical instruments is not in the brass family?
• A: Trombone • B: French Horn
• C: Cornet • D: Clarinet
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What animated TV show began as a series of vignettes on 'The Tracey Ullman Show'?
• A: South Park • B: King of the Hill
• C: The Simpsons • D: The Jetsons
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the score of a perfect bowling game?
• A: 100 • B: 150
• C: 200 • D: 300
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
How often does the Earth complete one full rotation on its axis?
• A: Every day • B: Every week
• C: Every six months • D: Every year
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
In terms of land area, what is the largest state in the U.S.?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Colorado • B: Texas
• C: Alaska • D: California
Neil felt it was Alaska, but decided to call his radio cohost Darryl, who would say Texas, but was not sure. He then decided to go with his own hunch, locked in Alaska and won $32,000.
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
By definition, if you are a viticulturust, which of the following would you grow?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Grapes • B: Oranges
• C: Olives • D: Figs
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the only U.S. president never to marry?
• A: Franklin Pierce • B: Chester A. Arthur
• C: James Buchanan • D: James Polk
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
What character in Greek mythology was condemned to continuously roll a heavy stone up a hill?
• A: Hercules • B: Sisyphus
• C: Prometheus • D: Apollo
$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following actors has never portrayed Jesus in the movies?
• A: Max von Sydow • B: Willem Dafoe
• C: Jeffrey Hunter • D: Charlton Heston
Neil ruled out B and D, but had no clue about the others, so he decided to walk away with $250,000. The correct answer was actually D: Charlton Heston.

WWTBAM - Champions Edition Edit

In May 2000, Larrimore appeared in the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Champions Edition, in which previous contestants who won $250,000-$1,000,000 played again, with half their winnings going to their favorite charities. Larrimore played for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.

Fastest Finger Question Edit

The Fastest Finger question was:

Fastest Finger Question
Put the following Presidents in order of their burial places, starting in the east
• A: Richard Nixon • B: George Washington
• C: Abraham Lincoln • D: Lyndon Johnson
Neil beat out six competitors by answering B-C-D-A in 3.98 seconds.

Neil's second run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
According to an old saying, "Man does not live by" what?
• A: Pasta alone • B: Water alone
• C: Bread alone • D: Tea for two
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is not a proper noun?
• A: Liza Minnelli • B: Dribbling
• C: Don Ho • D: Slim Whitman
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 1960 song, what color are the polka dots on the "itsy bitsy teenie weenie" bikini?
• A: Scarlet • B: Purple
• C: Yellow • D: Orange
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Somnambulism is more commonly known as what?
• A: Jogging • B: Snoring
• C: Sleepwalking • D: Carsickness
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
In one of Aesop's fables, who can't reach a bunch of grapes and concludes they must be sour?
• A: Fox • B: Hare
• C: Donkey • D: Stork
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these measurements was originally determined to be the area a yoke of oxen could plow in a day?
• A: Hectare • B: Acre
• C: Cubit • D: Kilometer
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these songs is used in a current ad campaign for the U.S. Postal Service?
• A: Gonna Fly Now • B: Please Mr. Postman
• C: Fly Like an Eagle • D: Return to Sender
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1965, which baseball player chose not to pitch a World Series game because of religious convictions?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Juan Marichal • B: Bob Gibson
• C: Ken Holtzman • D: Sandy Koufax
Ask the Audience Results: A: 17% • B: 4% • C: 18% • D: 61%
This happened before Neil was born, and he's not sure, so he decides to ask the audience.

He goes with their answer of D, and as Koufax indeed refused to pitch in Game 1 of that year's World Series, which fell on Yom Kippur, Neil and the audience are right, and he wins $8,000.

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 1978 movie "The Wiz," who played the Scarecrow?
• A: Isaac Hayes • B: Michael Jackson
• C: Nipsey Russell • D: Gregory Hines
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Where are the British crown jewels kept?
'Phone-a-Friend' lifeline used
• A: Buckingham Palace • B: Tower of London
• C: Windsor Castle • D: Royal Exchange
Neil: "There's so many jokes you could make with this"

Regis: "You're not on the radio, now"

Neil isn't sure and calls his friend Gil, who confidently says it's the Tower of London.

"They were there when I took the tour"

They indeed were, and Neil wins $32,000

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1997, what former head of state appeared in U.S. commercials for Pizza Hut?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Margaret Thatcher • B: Nelson Mandela
• C: Mikhail Gorbachev • D: Francois Mitterrand
Neil doesn't know, so he takes his last lifeline. After the 50:50 takes away B & D, he mentions that he's leaning towards Gorbachev, goes with C, and wins $64,000.
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
By definition, a Luddite is opposed to which of the following?
• A: Political parties • B: New technology
• C: Public prayer • D: Political parties
Neil's heard the term before, but he can't remember the context. Given that half of the money is going to charity, he doesn't want to risk $16,000, and walks with $64,000.

His shot in the dark would've been Dancing.

The correct answer was actually New technology.


Preceded by
Lauren Kelner
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Neil Larrimore
Succeeded by
Jim Meyer
Preceded by
Michael Avitzur
Champions Edition Contestants
Neil Larrimore
Succeeded by
Dan Blonsky