An assistant director for the Central Intelligence Agency from Reston, Virginia...

Mark Lowenthal

Date of first appearance:
Spring 1988

Total winnings:
$154,901

Records held/Stats:
TOC Champ 1988

Favorite anecdote associated with being on the show?
I ended up making a cameo appearance in the Tom Cruise/Dustin Hoffman movie Rain Man. Dustin Hoffman plays an autistic savant who must keep a very strict routine. Every day he watches Jeopardy! The movie shows him watching one of the games I played--unfortunately a question that I got wrong! (I'm the second member of my family to have a cameo in an Oscar-winning movie. A distant cousin had a one-line part in the opening scene of It Happened One Night.

Did being on Jeopardy! have any affect your life?
It's not so much a question of changing your life as it is giving you a certain cachet. I do a lot of public speaking and when I'm introduced they go through the various positions I've held, etc. But what perks up the audience is when they hear that I was a Jeopardy! Grand Champion. It's different--not something that many people have done.

Did you do anything crazy with your winnings?
No, I invested most of it--although I did buy a very attractive kaleidoscope to add to my very small kaleidoscope collection.

Is there anything else you would like viewers to know about you?
In addition to having written a book about Jeopardy! with 1986 Grand Champion Chuck Forrest, I am the author of the standard college/graduate school textbook on intelligence.

"The winner of the 1988 Tournament of Champions, he's an assistant director for the Central Intelligence Agency. From Reston, Virginia..."

2014 Battle of the Decades quarterfinalist: $10,000.
2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1 player: $5,000.
1990 Super Jeopardy! quarterfinalist: $5,000.
1988 Tournament of Champions winner: $100,000.
Season 4 5-time champion: $49,901.

Co-author with Chuck Forrest of the 1992 book Secrets of the Jeopardy Champions.

Mark appeared in the following archived game:
#4728, aired 2005-03-09 Erik Larsen vs. Mark Lowenthal vs. Michael Rooney 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1, game 21.
Mark previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Mark Lowenthal in the following archived game:
Super Jeopardy! #5, aired 1990-07-14 Mark Lowenthal vs. Paul Rouffa vs. Cathy Boggs vs. Keith Walker Super Jeopardy! quarterfinal game 4.
Mark would later appear on Jeopardy! as Mark Lowenthal in the following 2 archived games:
#6833, aired 2014-05-07 Mark Lowenthal vs. Brad Rutter vs. Dan Pawson Battle of the Decades quarterfinal game 3.
#6769, aired 2014-02-06 Phoebe Juel vs. Mark Lowenthal vs. Frank Spangenberg Battle of the Decades: The 1980s game 4.

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