NEW YORK (AP) — Herbert Stempel, a fall guy and whistleblower of early television whose confession to deliberately losing on a 1950s quiz show helped drive a national scandal, has died.
He was 93. His wife says he died at a New York nursing home but gave no specific cause. Stempel's long life was changed and defined by a TV face-off late in 1956, when he and Charles Van Doren smoothly executed a fraudulent display of knowledge and gaps in knowledge the program "Twenty-One." Interest was revived by the 1994 movie "Quiz Show," starring John Turturro as Stempel and Ralph Fiennes as Van Doren, who died last year.
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