Kevin Smith, from Los Angeles, California, became the tenth contestant to win the top prize of $1,000,000 in American WWTBAM history, and the first to do so in the syndicated version of the show.


Kevin's Run to the Million

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these projectiles is normally shot from a slingshot?
• A: Stone • B: Arrow
• C: Cannonball • D: Mom's meatloaf
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
From 1994 to 2001, Rudy Giuliani served as the 107th mayor of what city?
• A: Washington, D.C. • B: Chicago
• C: Boston • D: New York City
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these utensils is commonly used to stir-fry food?
• A: Wok • B: Crockpot
• C: Colander • D: Rotisserie
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these animal names is also a term often used to refer to a spy?
• A: Bull • B: Mole
• C: Flea • D: Tiger
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
The olive branch is an ancient symbol of what?
• A: Knowledge • B: Peace
• C: Wealth • D: Strength
The klaxon called time and Kevin would return with $1,000 and all lifelines still available
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
A Zamboni is a machine used to do what?
• A: Reset bowling pins • B: Shoot tennis balls
• C: Trim golf greens • D: Resurface ice rinks
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
The 1995 movie "The Usual Suspects" takes its title from a famous line in what movie?
• A: Casablanca • B: The Godfather
• C: Cool Hand Luke • D: North by Northwest
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
In the game of chess, which of these pieces is never able to move diagonally?
'50:50 lifeline used'
• A: Pawn • B: King
• C: Queen • D: Rook
He stumbled on this question, regarding which chess piece couldn't move diagonally. He used the 50:50 lifeline on it, eliminating Pawn and Queen. And, inmediately, he went with D: Rook, being correct and winning $8,000.
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
On the TV series "Everybody Loves Raymond," Raymond and his wife have a total of how many children?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: 1 • B: 2
• C: 3 • D: 4
Ask the Audience Results: A: 0% • B: 13% • C: 82% • D: 5%
Kevin decided to Ask the Audience on this question, regarding how many children Raymond and his wife had in the TV series "Everybody Loves Raymond."

82% of the audience correctly identified C: 3 as the correct answer. He went for it, and won $16,000.

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What rock group is named after a gym teacher who taught at the original band members' high school?
• A: The Byrds • B: Lynyrd Skynyrd
• C: Jefferson Airplane • D: Pink Floyd
On this question, he said he had to take a guess, going with B, and was correct, winning $32,000.
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
The flu vaccine is not recommended for people who are very allergic to what food?
• A: Peanuts • B: Eggs
• C: Milk • D: Honey
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Anti-Communist leader Joseph McCarthy served as U.S. Senator for what state?
• A: Illinois • B: Kentucky
• C: Wisconsin • D: Ohio
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Published in 1936, the first issue of Life magazine had a Margaret Bourke-White photo of what on its cover?
• A: Dam • B: Flower garden
• C: Volcano • D: Lighthouse
$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
"And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free" is inscribed in the lobby of what agency's headquarters?
'Phone-a-Friend' lifeline used
• A: FBI • B: CIA
• C: Department of Education • D: Library of Congress

In this question, the penultimate in Smith's run to the million, he decided to phone his friend Jerry, not knowing which agency's headquarters had "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" inscribed in ther lobby.

Jerry told him, with 4 seconds remaining, that the correct answer was D: Library of Congress and that he was 80% sure. But, astonishingly, Kevin did not go for his advice (even though the high confidence percentage Jerry gave), and went with B: CIA, and to his and Jerry's surprise, he was correct, becoming the first person to ever face the million dollar question in the syndicated version, which was this:

$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
The U.S. icon "Uncle Sam" was based on Samuel Wilson who worked during the War of 1812 as a what?
• A: Meat inspector • B: Mail deliverer
• C: Historian • D: Weapons mechanic

He is best remembered because, after realizing he had the correct answer, he remained very calm and almost did not celebrate his million dollar victory.

Prior to answering, he indirectly mentioned his appearance on the primetime version, where he, contestant Stan Wu, and possibly Regis Philbin all misread Stan's $1,000 question incorrectly, which caused Stan to leave with absolutely nothing; not wanting to risk making the same mistake and losing $468,000 on the final question, he asked Meredith to re-read him the question and choices, before going with the choice that sent him into Millionaire fame - A: Meat inspector.

Kevin Smith: Millionaire


  • He is the first syndicated contestant to see the $1,000,000 question and was also the first syndicated contestant to answer both the second-to-last and last questions right.
  • Kevin was a Fastest Finger finalist on the 4/29/2001 primetime show.
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