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David Madden
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Name: David Madden
Born: June 13, 1981
Occupation: American game show contestant, historian, and academic competition
Years active: 2004-present
Known for: His appearances on Jeopardy!

David Madden (born in Ridgewood, NJ, June 13, 1981) is an American game show contestant, historian, and academic competition organizer. He is best known for being a 19-day champion on Jeopardy! He is not to be confused with the late actor David Madden from The Partridge Family.

Jeopardy! Regular play[]

In 2005, Madden went on Jeopardy! from July 5 until September 19. Over the course of his 19-day run, he won a grand total of $432,400.

Game No. Air Date Final score Cumulative Winnings Notes
1 July 5, 2005 $16,400 $16,400 First-time won when second place.
2 July 6, 2005 $18,800 $35,200
3 July 7, 2005 $34,200 $69,400
4 July 8, 2005 $25,000 $94,400
5 July 11, 2005 $32,100 $126,500
6 July 12, 2005 $29,000 $155,500
7 July 13, 2005 $18,000 $173,500
8 July 14, 2005 $25,000 $198,500
9 July 15, 2005 $18,600 $217,100
10 July 18, 2005 $22,000 $239,100
11 July 19, 2005 $30,001 $269,101
12 July 20, 2005 $11,000 $280,101 Second-time won when second place.
13 July 21, 2005 $25,000 $305,101
14 July 22, 2005 $28,200 $333,001
15 September 12, 2005 $21,400 $354,701 Third-time and final won when second place.
16 September 13, 2005 $23,999 $378,700
17 September 14, 2005 $13,200 $391,900
18 September 15, 2005 $22,000 $413,900
19 September 16, 2005 $16,500 $430,400
20 September 19, 2005 $13,300 $432,400 Victoria Groce ends his streak. He was awarded the standard $2,000 prize for finishing second place.

Common with Other Champions[]

Jason Zuffranieri[]

  • Both were champions from the beginning of July to the end of September, and when they left, both the new champions ended up with a single win.
  • The difference is that David took 2nd place three times before the Final Jeopardy, while Jason held the 1st place before losing.
  • The tournament in which they both appeared was held in May, with both losing to four straight champions (David in the semifinals, Jason in the wild card after losing). Also, one thing in common is that an unexpected participant won this competition. Also, there was a person with the same name among the participants (S22: David Rozenson, S37: Ryan Bilger and Ryan Hemmel).
  • ToC winners Michael Falk and Sam Kavanaugh have in common that they lost their last regular game to the new champion in a Lock Game, and latter finished at $0.
  • The ToC winners won the championship by beating those who beat them (Bill MacDonald and Jennifer Quail), and there was a rematch between the same people in this competition (Bill MacDonald vs Vik Vaz and Sam Kavanaugh vs Veronica Vichit-Vadakan[1]).

Mattea Roach[]

  • Both are of the same age, born in 1981.
  • There are at least 2 comeback wins.
  • When both exited, they handed over their seats to the female challenger.


  • He participated in the 2006 Tournament of Champions show, just one year after his long-running streak. He won the first round match but was eliminated in the second round. He took home $10,000 at that time, bringing his grand total to $442,400.
  • As of 2022, He was the sixth-highest all-time winner, behind fellow Jeopardy contestants, Brad Rutter, Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, Matt Amodio, Amy Schneider.
  • Surprisingly, when Madden was 11-12 years old, he watched the show with his babysitter while his parents were away. While watching Jeopardy! at that age, Madden got a lot of the answers correct, more than his babysitter. His inspiration to be on the show was him studying all the clues. However, his parents did not realize Madden was going to be on Jeopardy! until his first game aired. He also participated in the Jeopardy! All-Star Games Tournament in 2019, in which his team won with $1,000,000; led by Brad Rutter.


  • Before Mattea Roach came out, he was a champion with a history of winning from behind after finishing 2nd before FJ at least two times among champions who had won more than 10 consecutive games[2].
  • Like Ryan Long, he is a champion who has won 3 or more out of 10 consecutive victories or more.
  • After his departure, there were no champions with more than 10 wins in nine years until Arthur Chu had 11 wins. The best results after that are Dan Pawson and Jason Keller, who have won nine straight.
  • At the time of appearance, he holds the record for the youngest with champion Mattea Roach who has won more than 10 consecutive victories[3].


  1. The former is a regular game, and the latter is a wildcard.
  2. Among the champions who have won 10 or more so far, he has come back to second place in regular games, including him, Seth Wilson, Amy Schneider, Mattea Roach, and Ryan Long.
  3. Mattea is a bit early in terms of the number of wins in a row. (David: 8801 days, Mattea: 8575 days)