Having set a Guinness record for most of his episodes, Alex Trebek has become one of the most versatile TV show hosts in the world. Since he took over in 1984, he has hosted more than 8,000 episodes so far. Although he has been battling cancer, he seems to be on top of the situation as he continues to entertain his fans.
The versatile TV show host and father of two had stints as an actor for cameo roles in movies and shows such as Orange Is the New Black, The Colbert Report, and RuPaul's Drag Race. He is known for his philanthropy across Canada and America. When he donated an ample space of land to Santa Monica conservancy, his act of gesture caught many fans by surprise. He has also reportedly donated a total of $7.5 million to the University of Ottawa, his alma mater, to fund the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue.
Alex Trebek profile summary
- Full name: George Alexander Trebek
- Date of birth: 22nd of July, 1940
- Age: 79 years old
- Zodiac sign: Cancer
- Birthplace: Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
- Height: 1.73 m
- Weight: 68 kg
- Marital status: Married
- Hair colour: white
- Eye colour: Dark brown
- Education: University of Ottawa
- Profession: TV host and actor
- Annual salary: $18 Million
- Net worth: $75 Million
- Ethnicity: White
- Nationalities: American and Canadian
- Ex-wife: Ellaine Callei Trebek (m. 1974-1981)
- Current wife: Jean Currivan Trebek (m. 1990)
- Children: Emily and Mattew Trebek
- Parents: George Edward Trebek (father) and Lucille Legace
Who is Alex Trebek?
George Alexander Trebek was born to George Edward Trebek, a chef that moved to Canada from Ukraine, and Lucile Legace, a French descent. He went to Sudbury High School before moving on to the University of Ottawa, where he graduated with a degree in philosophy in 1961. His childhood dream was to work at a broadcasting company, and before he got his degree, he started working with CBC in 1961. He had such a passion for the job that he went to school during the day and worked at night.
As he would recall later, he said, "I went to school in the mornings and worked at nights; I did everything, at one time replacing every announcer in every possible job." He actualised his childhood dreams when he covered various events for the CBC, which included reading the national news and covering other major sports in the country.
What is Alex Trebek age?
Currently, Alex Trebek age is 79 years. The popular and award-winning game show host and actor was born on the 22nd of July, 1940. By implication, Alex Trebek birthday is on the 22nd of July of every year.
What is Alex Trebek body measurements?
Alex Trebek height is one major feature of his that makes him stand out. He stands tall at 1.73 meters, and he weighs 68kg.
How did he start his career?
Alex Trebek kick-started his hosting career in 1963 when he hosted a Canadian music show called Music Hop. In 1966, he hosted Reach for the Top, a Canadian quiz show. Besides those, he introduced several programs for CBC from 1967 to 1970, which included a classical music program and a weekly skating show. Trebek became the host of Strategy, a weekday afternoon game show by the spring of 1969.
He moved to America in 1973 and started to work for NBC as a host of numerous shows, including The Wizard of Odds, Merrill Heatter-Bob Quigley game show, and High Roller, which he ran for two different seasons (from 1974 to 1976 and from 1978 to 1980). He went back to CBC to host Double Dare and Pillsbury Bake-Off, and he finally hosted The $128,000 Question for Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions, which was recorded in Toronto.
After several years that Jeopardy! had been off the air, Alex Trebek started rehosting in 1984. Interestingly, the game show makes the news headlines in America. After thirty years of consistently hosting the show, the TV host has set a Guinness world record for the "most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter."
What is Alex Trebek's net worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Alex Trebek net worth is estimated at $75 Million. Since he started his career, he has reportedly been in more than 8,000 episodes of the television game show Jeopardy! which is equivalent to about 35 years of being the host of the game show. So, Alex Trebek salary of $18 Million per annum is not a surprise.
Who is Alex Trebek married to?
Alex Trebek prides himself as a family man, and in recent interviews, he has reiterated how much he loves his family. The actor and TV game show host married his first wife Elaine Callei in 1974, but they unfortunately divorced and went their separate ways in 1981 after they could not give birth to any children. Currently, Alex Trebek wife is Jean Currivan.
They met in 1988 at a party in New York and started dating almost immediately. Then, they got married in 1990 despite the 24 years difference in their age. Jean Currivan Trebek, who works as a traditional sound healer, is the mother of Alex Trebek children: Matthew and Emily. In her first interview after her husband's diagnosis, she told reporters how her sound healing has been able to help Alex Trebek family through their trying times.
Alex Trebek cancer and latest news
Alex Trebek Jeopardy! made a shocking announcement when he told fans in March 2019 that he was battling stage IV pancreatic cancer. The TV show host further stressed that he would be undergoing chemotherapy and would still be the host of Jeopardy! After a year in the battle against the disease, he has assured fans that he is getting enough treatment.
In an interview, he was quoted as saying: "Now, I'd be lying if I said the journey had been an easy one. There were some good days but a lot of not-so-good days. I joked with friends that the cancer won't kill me, the chemo treatments will. There were moments of great pain." Nevertheless, he assured that he is in high spirits, and he hopes to beat the disease which its survival rate is 7% in 2 years.
Alex Trebek has engraved his name as one of the best television personalities that have graced the entertainment industry. His success story is an inspiration to a lot of youngsters. Despite the health challenge he is facing at the moment, everyone is hopeful that he comes out strong and better off.