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Charles Van Doren, the man who confessed to cheating on the popular game show Twenty-One in the 1950s, has died. He was 93.
Van Doren’s game show cheating scandal was the subject of the 1994 movie Quiz Show starring Ralph Fiennes, Rob Morrow, John Turturro and Martin Scorsese. It was directed by Robert Redford.
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His son, John Van Doren, told the Associated Press his father died of natural causes on Tuesday at a care center in Canaan, Connecticut.
Van Doren’s funeral services will be private, according to the AP.
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The son of a prominent literary family, and a writer and editor himself, Van Doren rose to fame as the winner of the game show Twenty-One, where he made 14 appearances in the late 1950s.
He would go on to win 13 times and earn a record-breaking $129,000. His winning streak earned him the cover of TIME magazine in 1957 and a job at NBC as a commentator.
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