Shawn Borgosz, a factory worker and volunteer fireman from Depew, New York, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on November 23, 1999. He walked away with $1,000 after incorrectly answering his $32,000 question.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put the following Brad Pitt movies in the order they were released, starting with the earliest.
• A: Kalifornia • B: Seven Tears in Tibet
• C: Fight Club • D: Thelma & Louise

From the 9 remaining contestants, 3 got it right, but Shawn (with a time of 7.18 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer D-A-B-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Shawn's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What target did William Tell split in half while it sat on his son's head?
• A: Apple • B: Balloon
• C: Snowball • D: Cantaloupe

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
In 'Miracle on 34th Street', what legendary figure must stand trial in court?
• A: Bigfoot • B: Kris Kringle
• C: Tooth Fairy • D: Paul Bunyan

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
A business man that is in debt is said to be 'in the…' what?
• A: Pink • B: Red
• C: Blue • D: Black

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
By definition, what sport do you participate in if you are an 'angler'?
• A: Curling • B: Fishing
• C: Baseball • D: Cheerleading

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
How many face cards are there in a standard U.S. deck of 52 cards?
• A: 8 • B: 10
• C: 12 • D: 14

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What squad of TV commando-for-hire would you seek out to find Mr. T?
• A: The A-Team • B: The Brady Bunch
• C: The Dirty Dozen • D: The Avengers

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Seventeeth-century French monk Dom Pérignon is considered the father of what?
• A: Champagne • B: Sparkling water
• C: Brie • D: Baguette

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What constellation is known as the Hunter?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Orion • B: Andromeda
• C: Cassiopeia • D: Draco
Ask the Audience Results: A: 86% • B: 8% • C: 4% • D: 2%

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Mark Twain • B: Thomas Wolfe
• C: Jack London • D: Henry Miller
Shawn did not know, so he decide to call his high school history teacher Sharon, who was positive it was Twain. He decided to go with her and won $16,000.

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What legendary jazz vocalist was known as 'Lady Day'?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Ella Fitzgerald • B: Mahalia Jackson
• C: Billie Holiday • D: Lena Horne


Preceded by
Jason Francis
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Shawn Borgosz
Succeeded by
Lauren Kelner

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