Jul. 22nd, 1940
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Alex Trebek's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2011 - Pearl Jam Twenty
2007 - The Bucket List
2005 - Little Manhattan
2000 - Finding Forrester
1999 - Random Hearts
1996 - Spy Hard
1993 - Short Cuts
1991 - Dying Young
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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.
- Sang a couple of lines from one of 'The Bee Gees' (qv)' songs.
- A large oak tree smashed into the garage of Trebek's Studio City, California home during a fierce wind storm. (5 January 2003)
- 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".
- While driving alone on a country road near Templeton, California, where he owns a horse farm, he lost consciousness at the wheel which led him to his car crash. [30 January 2004]
- His father, George Edward, was an alcoholic.
- As a teenager, he was a garbage man in Cincinnati, but moved back to his native Canada in 1961 to finish college and to become a newsanchor.
- Proposed to wife Jean Currivan on her birthday, 12 September.
- His hosting duties on _"Jeopardy!" (1984)_ (qv) were carried on most of the CTV networks in Canada but it still ranks #2 behind _"Wheel of Fortune" (1975)_ (qv), in ratings in most U.S. markets where both programs are often in tandem. (2003)