- This article is about the guest star. For the character, see Ken Jennings (character).
Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Jennings III (born May 23, 1974) is an American game show contestant and author.
Outside "The Simpsons", Jennings not only holds the world record for the longest winning streak on Jeopardy!, but also being the second highest-earning contestant in the history of game shows. He won 74 Jeopardy! games in a row before being defeated on his 75th appearance.
Besides being on Jeopardy!, Jennings worked as a software engineer for a health care staffing company before he went on the show. He has became a best-selling author since his Jeopardy! streak ended, and has written several books. Jennings also hosted "Stump the Master" and "Clued In" for GSN Live, speaks about the importance of learning at college campuses and corporate events, and writes about all things trivial for a wide range of print and online publications.
Jennings was born in Edmonds, Washington, but he grew up in Seoul, South Korea for 11 years (1981-1992), and in Singapore for 4 years (1992-1996). However, before he started college at University of Washington in 1992, he was banished from his native country, making him an American expatriate. He is also an American Latter Day Saint and a Mormon missionary.
He has starred in a few other game shows since his Jeopardy! streak, appeared as a guest on a few shows such as The Tonight Show, and has appeared in ads for several companies.
On "The Simpsons", he guest voiced as himself in "The Caper Chase".