Jul. 22nd, 1940
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Alex Trebek's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - The Bucket List
2005 - Little Manhattan
2000 - Charlie's Angels
2000 - Finding Forrester
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.
- Sits on the boards of the National Geographic Society Education Foundation and the National Advisory Council for the Literary Volunteers of America.
- His parents were George Edward Trebek, a Russian immigrant, and Lucille (Lagace) Trebek, a French-Canadian of Native American ancestry.
- Hosts the National Geography Bee in the U.S. and Canada.
- Sang a couple of lines from one of 'The Bee Gees' (qv)' songs.
- His friend 'Wayne Brady' (qv) appeared on _"Jeopardy!" (1984)_ (qv), a year after Trebek appeared on Brady's own talk show, just before both were nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. Brady has won more Emmys than Trebek, for Outstanding Daytime Talk Show Host. Trebek was nominated for Audience Participation in a Game Show and Outstanding Game Show Host.
- Once subbed for 'Chuck Woolery' (qv) on the daytime version of _"Wheel of Fortune" (1975)_ (qv), before he was hired as the host of _"Jeopardy!" (1984)_ (qv) for syndication.
- On _"Jeopardy!" (1984)_ (qv), he had 3 biggest winners: one was college graduate, 'Brad Rutter' (qv), who won $3,270,102, in the Tournament of Champions, including $55,102 during Brad's 5 appearances on the show, software engineer, comic book and movie collector, and game show contestant, 'Ken Jennings (I)' (qv), who won $3,022,700, also in the Tournament of Champions, including $2,520,700, during his 74 appearances on the show, and college graduate and author, 'David Madden (I)' (qv), who won $442,400, including $432,400, during his 19 appearances on the show.
- He has framed a bounced check for $49,000, which he received from a game show he worked at in the 1970s that failed.