Paris Themmen

Paris Themmen

Born: June 25, 1959
Age: 61
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
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Biography

Paris Themmen (born June 25, 1959) is an American former child actor, real estate broker, commercial casting director and entrepreneur, who is best known for his role as Mike Teevee in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Born in Boston to classical musician parents, Themmen appeared in radio and TV commercials, voice-overs and theater before playing the role of Mike Teevee in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, when he was 11 years old. He performed on Broadway in Mame with Ann Miller in 1967 and in The Rothschilds in 1970.

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Adult career

Declaring a hiatus from acting at age 14 to "just be a kid," Themmen went on to receive a B.F.A. in theatre from New York University. Smitten with the urge to travel, he founded Access International, a travel service that arranged Europe-bound charter flights for backpackers, during which he traveled to 36 countries on six continents. Following brief stints in real estate, film production, commercial casting, business representation at Walt Disney Imagineering and a few other ventures, he now signs autographs at movie conventions, runs a photography business, and makes sporadic appearances in commercials, plays and TV shows.[1]

Themmen's adult acting appearances include "Virtuoso", a 2000, sixth-season episode of the TV series Star Trek: Voyager,[2] as a fawning fan. He also played a contestant billed as a "former child star" in two 2008 episodes of the American game show Duel.[3][4]

On May 4, 2011, Themmen appeared on the British television morning show Daybreak, alongside the other child actors from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory: Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt), Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde) and Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop). They made an additional 40th Anniversary reunion appearance on NBC's Today Show eleven days later.[5] Paris also appeared on the TV version of Trivial Pursuit in Summer 1993 and won, and was on Win Ben Stein's Money and lost.

On January 23, 2015 Themmen appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor Podcast. The episode was recorded live in Wilmington, Massachusetts during North East ComicCon.

On October 28-30, 2015, his wife appeared on Jeopardy! as a contestant, returning twice as a champion before being defeated on her third appearance.[6] Themmen himself was a Jeopardy! contestant on March 13, 2018, finishing in second place.[7]

Personal life

Themmen has been married to Nikki Grillos since 2014. Together, the couple currently resides in Los Angeles, California.[8][9]

Filmography

Acting

Year Title Role Notes
1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Mike Teevee
1994 Macross Plus Additional voices TV mini-series
1999 Screenplay Mail Room Clerk TV movie
2000 Star Trek: Voyager Fawning Fan TV show

Self

Year Title Role
1975 The Rock 'n' Fun Magic Show Himself
2011 Pure Imagination: The Story of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
2003 After They Were Famous
2011 Daybreak
Today Show
Top Chef: Jest Deserts
2012 Beyond the Marquee
Men with No Lives
2016 Cake Wars
LeagueOne: In the Spotlight!
Jeopardy!

Film work

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Until the End of the World Production assistant uncredited
2005 Citizen Candy Man: A Chocumentary Special thanks
2011 Something Borrowed Production assistant
2012 The Owner First assistant director

[ Source: Wikipedia ]