80 (passed away Nov. 8th, 2020)
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 was described as one of the Top 10 Canadians on U.S. Television.
- 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.
- Graduated from Malvern Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- 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]
- 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.
- He has framed a bounced check for $49,000, which he received from a game show he worked at in the 1970s that failed.
- Is the current moderator for the annual National Geographic Bee in Canada and The United States.
- Proposed to wife Jean Currivan on her birthday, 12 September.
- He purchased a house so he could use its tennis court. In the 1990s it was rented by 'Pete Rose' (qv) and his wife Carol, who had to get him to fix the house's electrical and plumbing problems.