A musician and a composer originally from Buffalo, New York...

Jerry Frankel

1985 Tournament of Champions winner (semifinalist by wildcard): $100,000.
Season 1 5-time champion: $32,650.

Jerry died of AIDS about a year after winning the first Tournament of Champions.

Jerry appeared in the following 4 archived games:
#315, aired 1985-11-22 Steve Rogitz vs. Bruce Fauman vs. Jerry Frankel 1985 Tournament of Champions final game 2.
#314, aired 1985-11-21 Steve Rogitz vs. Bruce Fauman vs. Jerry Frankel 1985 Tournament of Champions final game 1.
#313, aired 1985-11-20 Ron Black vs. Paul Boymel vs. Jerry Frankel 1985 Tournament of Champions semifinal game 3.
#307, aired 1985-11-12 Liz Caccese vs. Jerry Frankel vs. Larry Floyd 1985 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 2.

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