Jul. 22nd, 1940
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Alex Trebek's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2015 - Being Canadian
2011 - Pearl Jam Twenty
2007 - The Bucket List
2005 - Little Manhattan
2000 - Finding Forrester
2000 - Charlie's Angels
1999 - Random Hearts
1998 - Jane Austen's Mafia!
1996 - Spy Hard
1993 - Short Cuts
1992 - White Men Can't Jump
1991 - Dying Young
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Host
Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Trebek graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Philosophy. After his first decision to become a newscaster, he joined the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company), Canada's premier network in 1961. As he was working, he helped organize national news and covered a variety of special events for CBC's radio and television divisions, receiving high praise as a broadcaster who retained his poise and composure in the toughest places. Then, in 1966, he became a Canadian game show host on Reach for the Top (1965), and stayed there for the first seven years until he migrated to the United States to host his very first game show in that country, The Wizard of Odds (1973), for NBC.
Prior to being selected as the host of Jeopardy! (1984), for syndication, he came back to NBC and hosted the revamped version of Classic Concentration (1987), which was also his second hit in his almost 30 year career. On this show, he received 4 Emmy nominations, but didn't win. It was cancelled in 1991, when the network stopped making game show for daytime TV.
On May 17, 2002, Jeopardy! (1984) celebrated a milestone, the show celebrated its 4000th episode and at the same time, it received another Daytime Emmy for "Outstanding Game Show/Audience Participation", making it its 21st Emmy. Like Bob Barker, Alex Trebek had broken the world record as host of TV's #1 quiz show in the country, and he won 2 Emmy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and, this year, was described as one of the Top 10 Canadians on U.S. Television. Today, as Alex began his 19th year as the host, he remains as popular as any other quizmaster.
- When young, Trebek thought about becoming a priest, but changed his mind after spending a summer at a Trappist monastery. He said in an interview for the New York Sunday News, "I took a vow not only of poverty but of silence. And I'm not one to keep my big mouth shut. I enjoy talking." [February 24, 1974]
- Once told a 15-year-old Teen _"Jeopardy!" (1984)_ (qv) contestant that if she never realized her dream to be editor-in-chief of a magazine, she could get married instead. [4 November 1999].
- His father, George Edward, was an alcoholic.
- Two children: Emily and Matthew
- Lived in the U.S. since 1973.
- He purchased a house so he could use its tennis court. In the 1990s it was rented by 'Pete Rose' (qv) and his wife Carol, who had to get him to fix the house's electrical and plumbing problems.
- Had 2 biggest winners in _"Jeopardy!" (1984)_ (qv) history with more than $80,000 cash and an automobile. One was Doug Lach, who won $85,400 in cash and car in Season 16, and the other one was: Travis Troyer, who won $83,100 in cash and car in Season 19.
- Won the 'Bob Hope (I)' (qv) Entertainment Award in 1998 for his work with the USO.