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 (I), 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.
- Owns two different homes, one in Beverly Hills and the other in the San Fernando Valley.
- He has framed a bounced check for $49,000, which he received from a game show he worked at in the 1970s that failed.
- Two children: Emily and Matthew
- 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]
- 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.
- Was a newcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Network before becoming a game show host.
- Enjoys collecting and drinking wine.
- Parodied by 'Will Ferrell' (qv) on _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv).