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.
- Is fluent in English and French and speaks some German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian.
- Was a newcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Network before becoming a game show host.
- Has been Emmy-nominated 16 times as host of _"Jeopardy!" (1984)_ (qv), has won 5 times, last time in 2008.
- 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.
- Hospitalized after suffering a minor heart attack at his home on December 10, 2007. Is resting comfortably.
- After 'Merv Griffin' (qv) created _"Jeopardy!" (1984)_ (qv), 20 years ago, he wanted to create the show's "think" music, including that of "Final Jeopardy!," and Trebek was among the candidates to host the show during its taping.
- 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.
- 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)