A Philadelphia-area man formerly known for his Andy Reid impersonation will appear on Who Wants to be a Millionaire this month — though, unfortunately, not as Andy Reid.
Steve Odabashian, who hung up his headset as the former Eagles coach in 2012, will appear on Millionaire Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Wednesday, Oct. 26, both days at 2 p.m. The program airs on 6 ABC.
Odabashian began making headlines as the Philadelphia area’s premiere Andy Reid impersonator about a decade ago, with Philadelphia Weekly going so far as to give him its cover in Oct. 2007. He later parlayed his celebrity into an ill-fated run for Philadelphia City Council in 2011, and dropped the impersonation when he moved to New Jersey for work in 2012.
“I never do the Andy Reid impersonation anymore — it’s so not current it wouldn’t really work,” Odabashian says. “Now, if I were in Kansas City, that would be a different story.”
Odabashian, who moved to Philadelphia’s Main Line in 2013 to run his Main Line Test Prep and Tutoring company, says getting on Millionaire has been a longtime goal which he has been pursuing for about a decade. Oddly, while the written tests have been a breeze, the ex-Reid impersonator says he would always fail the personality interview portion of the audition.
This year, Odabashian auditioned at Parx Casino in Bensalem, where he successfully made it through the whole process. He filmed his appearance this past summer.
Interestingly, this wasn’t Odabashian’s first run on a game show. Back in 1999, he won a Toyota 4Runner on Vh1’s Name That Video, and set an all-time speed record in the show’s bonus round, he says.
Whether his luck continues in 2016, however, is a question we'll see answered when his episode airs toward the end of the month.