I catch the Newlywed Game on Game Show Network occasionally. Tonight, I had the opportunity to watch a couple I actually know (well… the male participant, anyway) try to guess each other’s answers. I came in midway but I thought to myself… “That looks a lot like Rich Binning.” Given that the wife’s name was Olivia convinced me even further. I was still like… “NO WAY!” Until a question that seemed almost tailor-made for the New York-based actor who grew up in this neck of the woods was asked. When a commercial came on, I rewound to the beginning to learn that it was indeed Rich and Olivia. Of course, the actor’s latest professional gig was well plugged… something about contorting his maleness in various… well, you get the point.
Rich’s mother has taught at my alma mater since I was in elementary school. I also shared the stage with him when FCF performed The Sound of Music several summers ago. I played a party guest at the home of Captain Von Trapp as well as the Nazi guard who announces the escape of the family following the festival concert near the end of the show. Rich played Rolf, Liesl’s love interest.
Unfortunately, the couple did not win but they had points on the board so it was not all bad.