Brad Rutter Biography
Brad Rutter(full name: Bradford Gates Rutter) is the highest-earning contestant on the U.S. syndicated game show Jeopardy! and also the highest-earning American game show contestant of all time. In 19 regular season and tournament games, Rutter has never lost a Jeopardy! match against a human opponent (though he twice trailed at the end of the first game of a two-day tournament match before coming back to win in the second game).
In 2011, both Rutter and Ken Jennings (another holder, at various times, of the all-time money-winning record for Jeopardy! and for game shows) were routed in a two-day exhibition match against an IBM computer platform developed specifically to compete on Jeopardy!: Watson.
Rutter finished third in the match: both his first defeat overall and the first time he finished behind a human opponent. Because the man versus machine match was declared an exhibition match, none of the records from this match count toward official show records.
He returned to the show for Jeopardy’s newest tournament, the Jeopardy! All-Star Game, in 2019, in which his team won.
Brad Rutter Age
Bradford Gates Rutter is an American game show contestant, TV host, producer, and actor. He is the highest-earning American game show contestant of all time and the highest-earning contestant on the U.S. syndicated game show Jeopardy!.
Bradford Gates Rutter is 41 years old as of 2019. He was born on 31 January 1978, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Brad Rutter Height
Bradford Gates Rutter is an American game show contestant, TV host, producer, and actor. Who has a height of 6′ (1.83 m) tall.
Brad Rutter Personal Life
Until 2007, Rutter lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he hosted InQuizitive, a local broadcast quiz show for high school students. He has also been a reader and judges for the high school National Academic Championship. He now lives in Los Angeles where he is pursuing acting.
Rutter is a 1995 graduate of Manheim Township High School in Neffsville, Pennsylvania, where he was on the quiz bowl team. The team won second place at the 1994 Texaco Star National Academic Championship.
He is one of the 19 people to have been named to the National Academic Championship Hall of Fame in its 25-year history. At the 2005 Manheim Township High School graduation ceremony, he announced the start of a scholarship fund in memory of his late high-school quiz bowl coach, Anne Clouser.
Rutter described himself as a slacker in school and a Johns Hopkins dropout (while there, he studied English). Before his success on Jeopardy!, he worked at the Lancaster Coconuts record store.
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Brad Rutter Before Fame
He was a member of the quiz bowl team at Manheim Township High School.
Brad Rutter Trivia
He won three Jeopardy tournaments, which were the 2001 Tournament of Champions, the Million Dollar Masters Tournament, and the Ultimate Tournament of Champions.
Brad Rutter Net Worth And Salary
Brad Rutter is an American recording-winning game show contestant who has a net worth of $4 million. Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1978, Brad Rutter achieved fame for becoming the biggest all-time money winner on the popular game show “Jeopardy!” with earnings totaling more than $4.5 million.
He made his debut on the show in 2000 at a time when contestants were limited to five straight wins; Rutter took home a little more than $55,000 during his first stint. Since he won five in a row, he was invited to compete in the Tournament of Champions and claimed the top prize.
As a winner, he was chosen for the Million Dollar Masters Tournament, which he also topped. Rutter won the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions, defeating famed “Jeopardy!” contestant Ken Jennings in the process.
It was during this tournament that Rutter became the biggest winner ever on an American game show, though Jennings would take back the title a few years later.
In 2011, Rutter was part of the “Jeopardy!” IBM Challenge, where he and Jennings faced off against the company’s computer, Watson. Rutter placed third during the competition. He has since appeared on several other game shows, including “1 vs. 100” and “The Chase”.
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Brad Rutter Jeopardy! winnings
Rutter first appeared on Jeopardy! in October 2000, when the rules stipulated that a contestant who won five consecutive days retired undefeated and was guaranteed a spot in the Tournament of Champions.
Rutter retired as an undefeated 5-day champion, with $55,102 in winnings (he was also awarded a choice of Chevrolet cars of which he picked two Chevrolet Camaros; at the time, Jeopardy awarded new cars to 5-day undefeated champions).
The rules would be changed in 2003, before Ken Jennings’s run of 74 consecutive days in 2004, which made Jennings the all-time Jeopardy! money winner.
As a 5-day champion, Rutter was invited to the 2001 Tournament of Champions, where he defeated other 5-day champions and won the $100,000 main prize. He was invited back for the 2002 Million Dollar Masters Tournament, where he won the $1,000,000 main prize and became the all-time money winner in Jeopardy! history.
Rutter returned for the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions, winning the tournament and $2,100,000. After his 2005 tournament win, in which he defeated Jennings and Jerome Vered in the finals, Rutter surpassed Jennings as the highest money-winner ever on American game shows. Jennings later regained his record by 2008 after appearing on various other game shows.
There is a minor discrepancy between sources as to Rutter’s total Jeopardy! winnings stemming from the prize structure of the Ultimate Tournament of Champions. Those who won the first round earned $15,000, but Rutter was among nine top winners who received a first-round bye.
While some analysts suggest that Rutter’s money totals should include $15,000 for a first round ‘win’ in this tournament, the official Jeopardy.com website does not count this $15,000 when stating that Rutter’s winnings were $3,255,102 after the completion of this tournament.
From February 14–16, 2011, the Jeopardy! IBM Challenge featured IBM’s Watson facing off against Rutter and Jennings in a two-game cumulative total match aired over three days.
This was the first ever man-versus-machine competition in Jeopardy!’s history. The computer program, equipped with a precisely timed mechanical “thumb”, won handily, finishing with a $77,147 score, while Jennings took second place with a score of $24,000 over Rutter’s $21,600 score.
IBM donated its $1 million purses to two charities. Jennings and Rutter did likewise with half of their respective winnings of $300,000 and $200,000. Rutter kept $100,000 and donated the other $100,000 to the Lancaster County Community Foundation.
Rutter participated in the Jeopardy! 2014 Battle of the Decades, pitting top champions from throughout the previous 30 years of Jeopardy!, where he won the tournament and $1,000,000. With this win, Rutter regained the record as the highest money-winner ever on American game shows, which Jennings had held since 2008.
In 2019, Rutter teamed with fellow Jeopardy! champions Larissa Kelly and Dave Madden to win the Jeopardy! All-Star Games. Rutter was the team captain, and his team split the top prize of $1,000,000.
Brad Rutter Other game show appearances
He appeared on the U.S. game show 1 vs. 100 (as a member of “the Mob”) on December 1, 2006, and again on December 8, 2006. He answered every question correctly and was one of only seven mob members to survive to the next show, as was Annie Duke.
He would eventually be eliminated on the December 15 episode, on a question about Jewish reggae musician Matisyahu. He appeared again on February 9, 2007, and was eliminated late into a winner-takes-$250,000 “last man standing” competition, but before Ken Jennings.
Rutter was the top seed in Grand Slam but lost in the second round to Ogi Ogas, a former Who Wants to Be a Millionaire contestant.
Rutter competed in the 2010 World Quizzing Championship, where he finished 140th. He was also a contestant on the 6th episode of Million Dollar Mind Game (aired on November 27, 2011), where his team won $600,000. In May 2012, he did a pilot episode as a “Chaser” for the American version of the British game show The Chase.
Fox network ordered two pilots for consideration in its lineup. The Chaser in the other pilot was Mark Labbett, who is one of the five Chasers on both the British and Australian versions of the show. Despite the show not being picked up by Fox, it was later picked by GSN, with Labbett as the only Chaser.
Brad Rutter Later pursuits
Rutter subsequently moved to southern California to pursue a career as an actor and TV host.
He also appeared in the 1990s week of the 2014 Battle of the Decades tournament hosted by Jeopardy! as part of its 30th-anniversary commemoration.
He won the March 7, 2014, game against Mike Dupee and Jill Bunzendahl Chimka. He then appeared in the quarterfinals of the tournament again on May 7, 2014, against Dan Pawson and Mark M. Lowenthal, and won the game in a lock. On May 13, 2014, he defeated Leszek Pawlowicz and Tom Cubbage in the semifinals.
Following that, on May 16, 2014, he also defeated Ken Jennings and Roger Craig and went on to win the tournament and $1,000,000. As a result, he became the biggest game show winner in world television history.
In 2017, he competed in a Los Angeles citywide pub tournament as part of Team of Enchantment (along with Brian Fodera, Matthew Frost, Pam Mueller, Jerome Vered, and Hans von Walter), taking home his share of a $10,000 prize.
Brad Rutter Weight Loss
5 Pieces of Advice for the ‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament of Champions
The best part of being really successful at something is the fleeting sense of satisfaction you get when you condescendingly advise other people on how to be successful like you.
A lot of people asked me for advice on how to kick the butt of America’s most beloved game show earlier this year when I became the third-highest earning Jeopardy! champion in non-tournament play history.
There was plenty of pontificating about the “Forrest Bounce,” about flashcards and “wheelhouse categories,” and about “game theory”—especially wagering theory and betting for the tie.
And now that I’m appearing on the Tournament of Champions, I had assumed there would be even more clamoring for my tips and tricks for success.
Well, that would be the case if the wind hadn’t been taken out of my sails when Julia Collins sailed past my record and David Madden’s, ending up number two in Jeopardy! earnings history and demoting me to the fourth spot—all without doing a single one of the things I recommended that people do should they appear on Jeopardy!.
Instead, Julia won mainly by knowing all the right answers and buzzing in really fast. And while “Know all the answers and say them before everyone else” is really the best advice you can give for Jeopardy!—or, for that matter, life in general—people aren’t particularly impressed when you say it.
So, rather than dwell on boring technical analysis, I thought I’d talk about the intangibles—things that have nothing to do with clue selection or Daily Double wagers, but rather a piece of advice dealing with the overall Jeopardy! tournament experience.
Very few people ever make it behind the scenes to a Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, but if you ever find yourself one of the lucky fifteen, perhaps these words of wisdom can help you make the best of your return to Culver City.
1. You Get To Pick a Green Room Movie—Choose Wisely.
During the quarterfinals matches of the Tournament of Champions, Jeopardy! the staff puts a movie on in the green room where the contestants are sequestered so we can’t hear any chatter from the games being taped.
This is because unlike a normal Jeopardy! the game, the tournament quarterfinals have four “wild card” slots determined by the final score.
Jeopardy! always has a stock of DVDs on hand that contestants vote on, and while it’s a mostly innocuous list—I’d love to get pumped for Jeopardy! by watching Lars von Trier’s Antichrist, but, alas, it wasn’t offered—there’s some strategic thinking behind the choices.
First of all, the movies are all vetted by Jeopardy!’s writing staff to ensure they contain no spoilers for the tournament itself. This means that it’s to your advantage to pick a movie that contains a lot of pop culture references that you can tick off in your mind as things that won’t come up.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, with its many references to video games and bands, is a good example. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, on the other hand, is fairly devoid of cultural references. Pretty much all you can deduce from that movie is that Jeopardy! isn’t going to ask how far it is from Wichita to Chicago.
In addition, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has an engaging rock soundtrack consisting of both alt-rock classics and new music written for the movie by artists like Beck and Metric. By contrast, while it features several classic songs including the old standard “Red River Valley,” Planes, Trains and Automobiles has many “quiet” scenes with little music or background noise.
This means that Corina, the person Jeopardy! assigned to watch us in the green room, would have to keep cranking up the volume to drown out the noise from the studio, making extra work for her.
If you can’t tell, I was the only one who voted for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. We had to watch Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
2. People Will Obsess About Your Weight.
Yeah, I was overweight when I was on Jeopardy! the first time around. Since then I’ve become … well, I’m still overweight, but significantly less so. More John-Goodman-in-The Big Lebowski, less John-Goodman-in-Roseanne.
I gained a lot of weight leading up to Jeopardy! due to stress—partly from Jeopardy! itself and partly from the kind of stress that comes with not having very much money and therefore having to do crazy things like trying out for Jeopardy!. I’ve said publicly that having a methodical strategy for attacking Jeopardy! worked out well enough to inspire me to find a similar strategy for tackling my weight problem.
This is all nonsense. It was, in reality, a planned PR maneuver from the very beginning. Nobody makes any comment about your appearance if you look basically the same between your initial appearance and when you come back for the Tournament.
That’s only interesting if you manage to somehow maintain exactly the same appearance over the course of 10 years and come back looking completely identical for the Battle of the Decades like Ken Jennings did.
But I still hold that even if Brad Rutter weren’t the winningest Jeopardy! contestant of all time and the man who’s beaten Ken Jennings twice never lost to a human being and won $4 million total, he’d still be remembered by the general population as the guy who went from looking like this to looking like this.
(Brad Rutter, by the way, is also an L.A. local who watches every Tournament of Champions from the studio audience, and he managed to win the audience door prize for a free download of the Jeopardy app this year. It’s some kind of rule that Brad wins everything.)
If you do manage to go on the Tournament of Champions, losing a lot of weight right before the tournament taping will guarantee that when Maggie Speak, official contestant producer and unofficial den mother of Jeopardy!, introduces you to everyone, she’ll ask you for your “weight loss secret” before she even mentions how much money you won.
It also means that Alex Trebek will ignore the anecdotes you wrote down on your index cards and instead straight-up ask you, “How did you lose so much weight?” People who saw you on TV before but haven’t been keeping track of your media hits since then will look at you with a kind of awe and go, “You look great!”
I learned that it doesn’t matter how well you do in the tournament because whether you flame out in the first round or take home the grand prize, it will be less important than the fact that you’re skinnier now.
By the way, once the tournament is over and I’m confident no one is ever going to point a camera at me again, I plan to gain it all back in one day by eating 10 pizzas in bed.
3. Beware the Ant-Covered Railing.
Jeopardy! puts the Tournament of Champions contestants up in the Universal City Hilton, which is a very nice hotel. It has an enormous all-you-can-eat buffet that’s perfect for getting a head start on reverting to your former size now that your TV ordeal is over.
The hotel is also right by Universal Studios, meaning it’s easy to distract yourself from studying by going to see that ancient animatronic Jaws you loved when you were a kid.
But one caveat: There’s a pedestrian bridge crossing to Universal Studios from the hotel, one of L.A.’s few token concessions to the inconvenient fact that pedestrians exist. This railing is, for some reason, constantly covered in ants. Even a single second’s contact with the railing will cause hundreds of ants to instantly transfer themselves onto your clothes and skin.
You will be picking ants off yourself all day. This is not conducive to maintaining either the appearance or the mindset of a champion. Be forewarned, fellow competitors.
4. Think twice before agreeing to let someone make a documentary about you.
On the off chance that a film director from Chicago calls you up and says he wants to make a documentary about your “post-Jeopardy! journey,” you should set aside your pathological need for attention and validation for just a moment to think about what the process of making a documentary entails.
Understand that even if the Kickstarter falls through that doesn’t mean the film crew can’t scrape together enough money to send a guy to your hotel room to catch B-roll of you studying before the tournament.
And it doesn’t matter if your optimum study environment involves you being buck naked except for your earbuds and singing along loudly to Taylor Swift while rapidly flipping through flashcards—you’ll be forced to adjust your study habits to something more “relatable” to Middle America.
Consider, before writing that heartfelt Huffington Post article promoting the documentary, just how awkward it is sitting in an airport departure lounge having a dude with a camera staring at you trying to “capture your thoughts before the big day,” terrifyingly conscious the whole time of how badly you want to pick your nose.
5. Don’t miss the real opportunity.
If you’re a Jeopardy! fan, the Tournament of Champions isn’t just a trivia game with a big cash prize, or even a chance to meet some of the smartest, nerdiest people in the country.
It’s a chance to see the characters from the nation’s longest ongoing television drama come to life and greet you in the flesh. It’s like meeting the nobles from Game of Thrones or the gangsters and cops from The Wire, only with slightly less violence.
Getting to shake the hand of the “translation coordinator from Eastpointe, Michigan” who famously wore the correct answer to Final Jeopardy, still got it wrong, and yet won the game anyway …
Playing cribbage with the “IT consultant from Florence, South Carolina” with the astonishing 9/9 Final Jeopardy record, which, for Jeopardy! the fan is a statistic as significant as Rickey Henderson’s 1,406 stolen bases (a fact I only know because of studying for Jeopardy!) …
Meeting the mild-mannered “supply chain professional from Kenilworth, Illinois” with the longest winning streak since Ken Jennings … Seeing the sparks fly when she finally faces off against her arch-rival, the Jeopardy! villain himself … those types of things are what it’s all about.
Yes, it seems dorky to outsiders who don’t “get it,” but this is our Super Bowl. Whether it ends in victory or defeat, just participating in history is reward enough.
Well, no. Who am I kidding: $250,000 is still a tremendous amount of money and way-way more than the $5000 you get for flaming out in the first round.
So here’s my real advice: Know all the answers and say them before anyone else does.