An actor from Desperate Housewives...

Doug Savant

Well-known to audiences for his many television and film roles, Doug Savant plays Tom Scavo, the sometimes-befuddled husband of Felicity Huffman on ABC's smash hit series Desperate Housewives.

Mr. Savant began his acting career when he left UCLA to perform in Los Angeles regional theatre, and went on to appear in such feature films as Masquerade starring opposite Rob Lowe and Meg Tilly, Red Surf starring with George Clooney and Dedee Pfeiffer, and Godzilla working with Matthew Broderick and "a giant irradiated lizard." Mr. Savant played Matt Fielding on Melrose Place and had a recurring role on the hit FOX series 24. He is playing on behalf of the Desi Geestman Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children suffering from cancer.

Why do you think you will win?
Why I think I'm going to win today?

Assuming that you think you're going to win today.
[Laughs] Yeah. The assumption that I think I am going win. I would like to survive today without, uh, y'know, public humiliation, so that I don't give more ammunition to my castmates to, uh, y'know, sort of, bloody me with insult.


What does winning the game mean to you?
You know, what? Um, I was here for charity, and I just wanted to survive the game, I didn't want to make a fool of myself, but so to have actually won, I'm so thrilled for the charity, that we doubled the money. $50,000 to the Desi Geestman Foundation, I am--I'm thrilled.

Could you tell us about your charity?
It's such an important charity. They provide non-medical services for children and families undergoing cancer treatment, and, and all life-threatening illnesses at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, and they provide, uh, grocery cards, um, uh, housing for families that have traveled in, um, when children have gone through chemotherapy and have lost their hair, insurance doesn't always provide for wigs, or braces, and these are the things that these people are providing, giving a, y'know, a better quality of life to people who are already struggling with a horrific illness, so, um, I'm very excited for them.

What was the factor that allowed you to win today?
I got lucky. Uh, I mean, uh, to not acknowledge dumb luck would be, uh, foolhardy, and Jane, who was in the lead and, and gave a great showing, she just blanked, and I--I thank God somewhere in the dark recesses I came up with that it, uh, must have been a Barrymore who was on stage at that, at that date, so...

What was your favorite category?
Oh, I have to say I was shocked to see the SAVANTS category up there, so, uh, that was fun and, uh, in the spirit of the show, so...

How does Jeopardy! compare to your show?
There is far more drama on the set of Jeopardy! than there is on the set of Desperate Housewives, because the nerves, the tension, is so high, all of us, y'know, needed to have a potty break, uh, is what we really needed, because, we were nervous.

"He plays Tom Scavo, the sometimes-befuddled husband of Felicity Huffman on ABC's smash hit Desperate Housewives. Please welcome..."

Playing for the Desi Geestman Foundation.

Doug appeared in the following archived game:
#5099, aired 2006-11-09 Doug Savant vs. Jane Kaczmarek vs. Curt Schilling 2006 Celebrity Jeopardy! game 2. From Radio City Music Hall...
Doug previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Doug Savant in the following archived game:
#2344, aired 1994-11-10 Kathy Mattea vs. Doug Savant vs. Michael Sabatino 1994 Celebrity Jeopardy! game 4.
Doug would later appear on Jeopardy! as Doug Savant in the following archived game:
#5839, aired 2010-01-21 Pat Sajak vs. Elizabeth Perkins vs. Doug Savant 2009-2010 Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational quarterfinal game 5.

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