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One of the contestants on Wednesday’s Jeopardy! had viewers wondering if Steve Martin had somehow snuck onto the game show. Sam Buttrey, an associate professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., bore an uncanny resemblance to the legendary comedic actor.
Buttrey set Twitter abuzz with his Martin-like platinum hair, gentle smile and robust nose. Several viewers even thought he sounded like Martin.
— C.C. ♠️💜 (@AllPurplSectors) December 9, 2021
Not gonna lie Sam in tonight’s #Jeopardy looks and sound just like Steve Martin…
— rp 🏳️🌈 (@raynapatricia) December 8, 2021
— Skip Awesome (@SkipAwesome) December 9, 2021
Viewers also found it interesting that Martin famously portrayed King Tut on Saturday Night Live, and King Tut was one of the categories in the opening round. Even though Martin once played The Man With Two Brains, Buttrey only needed his one brain to win the game and advance to the semifinals.
Buttrey is part of the Professors Tournament, which runs through next week. The winner of the tournament goes home with a cash prize of $100,000. But in truth, he’s already a winner for looking like one of the most beloved entertainers of the last 50 years.
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