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Bernie Cullen, is a winner on Who Wants to be a Millionaire. He is somewhat notable for wearing an orange sweater on his victory. His win occurred 5 days after Kevin Olmstead's victory.

Small biography

Bernie Cullen was born around 1972 in Dublin, Ireland. His parents later emigrated to the United States, living in Chicago, Illinois. He likely attended college in Chicago and later moved to Santa Barbara, California at an unknown point in his life, to study at U.C. Santa Barbara. He visited Antarctica, and also visited Brazil, saying he is fluent in Portuguese.

Cullen was an undefeated five-time champion on Jeopardy! in 1996 (first appearing on the Season 13 premiere), winning his first game with a large bet on a Daily Double. He won $63,102, plus another $1,000 as a Tournament of Champions Quarterfinalist later that year. Bernie returned for the show's Ultimate Tournament of Champions in 2005, being eliminated in the first round, which earned him $5,000.


Fastest Finger Question

Fastest Finger Question
Put these scientists in geographic order by their country of birth, starting in the U.S., and going east.
• A: Albert Einstein • B: Andrei Sakharov
• C: Carl Sagan • D: Isaac Newton

Out of 9 contestants, eight got it right, but Bernie was the fastest to answer C-D-A-B (the correct order) in a time of 5.04 seconds, making it into the Hot Seat.

Bernie's Run to the Million

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these mythological creatures breathes fire?
• A: Unicorn • B: Centaur
• C: Dragon • D: High school principal
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these phrases is used to describe a trusted aide?
• A: Right-hand man • B: Left-leg lady
• C: Torso buddy • D: Left-eye Lopes
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
A sauna is a room that people generally visit to do what?
• A: Sleep • B: Sweat
• C: Eat • D: Fall in love
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
In medieval times, which of these professionals was responsible for entertaining the royal courts?
• A: Barber • B: Knight
• C: Jester • D: Blacksmith
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
For over 50 years, what treat was traditionally included in packs of baseball trading cards?
• A: Chocolate wafer • B: Gummi bear
• C: Mint stick • D: Bubblegum
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
A parasol is a lightweight form of what accessory?
• A: Umbrella • B: Hat
• C: Cane • D: Bracelet
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Seaweed is a form of what?
• A: Bacteria • B: Algae
• C: Fungus • D: Sea urchin
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the leader of the band on the TV series "Sha Na Na"?
• A: Benson • B: Bosley
• C: Bowzer • D: Baba-Booey
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
At the time of his election, who was the oldest person to become President of the United States?
'Phone-a-Friend' lifeline used
• A: George Washington • B: Herbert Hoover
• C: Woodrow Wilson • D: Ronald Reagan
Bernie thought the answer was Ronald Reagan, but after guessing on the previous question, he didn't want to press his luck, he used the "Phone-a-Friend" to call his friend Bob. Bob was 100% certain the answer was indeed D: Ronald Reagan.
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
The Pecos River is a major tributary or what U.S. river?
• A: Rio Grande • B: Platte
• C: Snake • D: Colorado
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 2000 movie "Gladiator," Russell Crowe's character is a gladiator under what Roman emperor?
• A: Titus • B: Commodus
• C: Nero • D: Claudius
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1911, what did explorer Hiram Bingham discover between two peaks in the Andes mountains?
• A: City of Machu Picchu • B: Frozen woolly mammoth
• C: Lake Titicaca • D: Meteorite from Mars
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
What 1953 novel marked the first appearance of Ian Fleming's agent James Bond?
• A: Doctor No • B: Goldfinger
• C: Casino Royale • D: Live and Let Die
$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
When three celestial bodies form a straight line, what is it called?
• A: Simoom • B: Syzygy
• C: String theory • D: Saprobity
$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
What letter must appear on the beginning of the registration number of all non-military aircraft in the U.S.?
'Ask the Audience' and '50:50" lifelines used
• A: N • B: A
• C: U • D: L
Ask the Audience Results: A: 69% • B: 12% • C: 13% • D: 6%

Unsure, he decided to use his "Ask the Audience" lifeline. 69% of the audience said it was A, but, since he still had "50:50", why not use it? The computer took out A and L, remaining N and U as possible answers. He went with the audience and famously uttered "N, A, final answer, Regis!". And the audience was correct, and he won $1,000,000.

Bernie Cullen: Millionaire

Preceded by
Allan Chernov
U.S. Contestant (season 2)
Bernie Cullen
Succeeded by
Kenneth Allendoerfer