Rudy Reber, a telemarketer from Newport News, Virginia, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on February 24, 2000. He walked away with $32,000 after incorrectly answering his $500,000 question.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put the following magazines in order by when they were founded, starting with the earliest.
• A: Rolling Stone • B: Seventeen
• C: Time • D: Wired

From the 10 contestants, 3 got it right, but Rudy (with a time of 5.69 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-B-A-D, making it into the Hot Seat.

Rudy's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
If you're trying to find other players in a game of hide-and-seek, what are you most likely called?
• A: Butterbean • B: Goon
• C: Dunce • D: It

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
In a standard automobile, what is another term for the gas pedal?
• A: Speedometer • B: Accelerator
• C: Odometer • D: Distributor

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and their pals were considered members of what?
• A: Cool Club • B: Rat Pack
• C: Brat Pack • D: Partridge Family

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What do people commonly call their relationship to the daughter of their aunt or uncle?
• A: Cousin • B: Niece
• C: Brother • D: Uncle

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
The sport of exploring caves is known by what term?
• A: Decoupage • B: Trapunto
• C: Spelunking • D: Angling

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What city is the setting for the television show "The Simpsons"?
• A: Springfield • B: Harper Valley
• C: Sherman Oaks • D: Williamsburg

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the proper name for a female walrus?
• A: Ewe • B: Cow
• C: Mare • D: Sow

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
In Dr. Seuss' book, "The Cat in the Hat," what color is the cat's stripe hat?
• A: Red and green • B: Red and black
• C: Black and white • D: Red and white

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following actors has never played an astronaut in a movie?
• A: Jack Nicholson • B: Tom Hanks
• C: Tom Cruise • D: Bruce Willis

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Who took over command of the United Nations forces from General MacArthur in the Korean War?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Matthew B. Ridgway • B: George S. Patton
• C: Omar N. Bradley • D: Dwight D. Einsehower

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
In what decade were girls first officially allowed to play Little League baseball in the U.S.?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: 1950s • B: 1960s
• C: 1970s • D: 1980s
Ask the Audience Results: A: 8% • B: 22% • C: 50% • D: 20%

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these men was never married to Marilyn Monroe?
• A: Joe DiMaggio • B: Arthur Miller
• C: James Dougherty • D: Nathan Miller

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
A statue of what person stands high above Trafalgar Square?
• A: William Shakespeare • B: Admiral Lord Nelson
• C: Queen Elizabeth • D: Sir Walter Raleigh

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
Which Hollywood figure directed Michael Jackson's 1988 video 'Bad'?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Steven Spielberg • B: Francis Ford Coppola
• C: Martin Scorsese • D: John Landis
Rudy did not know, so he decided to call a fellow comedian Will, who knew for a fact it was John Landis. He decided to go with him, but lost $218,000, as the correct answer was C: Martin Scorsese.


Preceded by
Rob Hallworth
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Rudy Reber
Succeeded by
David Forman