Jul. 22nd, 1940
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
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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.
- His father, George Edward, was an alcoholic.
- Parodied by 'Will Ferrell' (qv) on _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv).
- Has hosted two game shows that made it big in his 35+ year run, all three behind 'Bob Barker (I)' (qv), 'Wink Martindale' (qv) and 'Bob Eubanks' (qv), making him one of the youngest game show hosts in history. He's still hosting _"Jeopardy!" (1984)_ (qv), which is a ratings bonanza in syndication, for 25+ years. The other show was _"Classic Concentration" (1987)_ (qv) for NBC, which he hosted for five years.
- Is an avid ice skater.
- Graduated University of Ottawa with a degree in Philosophy
- When he married Jean Currivan, at the ceremony he gave his wedding vow as a joke on the _"Jeopardy!" (1984)_ (qv) rule of phrasing an answer as a question by saying, "The answer is ... yes".
- Proposed to wife Jean Currivan on her birthday, 12 September.
- Hospitalized after suffering a minor heart attack at his home on December 10, 2007. Is resting comfortably.