Jul. 22nd, 1940
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Alex Trebek's Main TV Roles
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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 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.
- After having a confrontation at a Los Angeles International Airport, he sued an airline employee who said he left her with serious hand injuries. [23 March 2000]
- Sang a couple of lines from one of 'The Bee Gees' (qv)' songs.
- He has framed a bounced check for $49,000, which he received from a game show he worked at in the 1970s that failed.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- His first game show, _"The Wizard of Odds" (1973)_ (qv), was produced by 'Alan Thicke' (qv).