An author from Brooklyn, New York...

Arthur Phillips

Date of first appearance:
1996

Total winnings:
$63,000

Stats:
5-day champion (back in the old days)

Favorite anecdote associated with being on the show?
I think I won my first game (against 4-day champion Wes Ulm) by getting him to smile when he came onstage. Previously he'd worn this glower and gotten a little superstitious about it. Once he cracked, that was it.

Did being on Jeopardy! have any affect on your life?
My wife and I bought all our grown-up furniture in one fell swoop, after only a few months of marriage. Milk crates and futons out, nice stuff in. Strangely, too, my time on Jeopardy! is a feature of my life that almost everyone I meet is fascinated by. I'm an author now and people at readings and interviews almost invariably ask about Jeopardy!

My professional bio:
Arthur Phillips was born in Minneapolis and educated at Harvard. He has been a child actor, a jazz musician, a speechwriter, a dismally failed entrepreneur, and a five-time Jeopardy! champion.

His first novel, Prague, was a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and the recipient of the Los Angeles Times/Art Seidenbaum prize for best first novel. It has been translated into eight languages.

The Egyptologist is his second novel. He lives in New York with his wife and two sons.

"He was a speechwriter from Boston when he won five shows in 1997. Now he's a best-selling novelist from Brooklyn, New York..."

2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1 winner: $25,000.
1998 Tournament of Champions quarterfinalist: $2,500.
Season 13 5-time champion: $63,003.

Arthur appeared in the following 2 archived games:
#4766, aired 2005-05-02 Eric Terzuolo vs. Pam Mueller vs. Arthur Phillips 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 2, game 14.
#4710, aired 2005-02-11 Melissa Seal vs. Babu Srinivasan vs. Arthur Phillips 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1, game 3.
Arthur previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Arthur Phillips in the following archived game:
#3099, aired 1998-02-05 Arthur Phillips vs. Pam Mifflin vs. Sahir Islam 1998 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 4.

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