Alex Trebek Biography: Net Worth, Age, Wife, Children, Cause Of Death, Movies, Wikipedia, Game Shows, Photos, Siblings, Photos, Height

Alex Trebek Biography: Net Worth, Age, Wife, Children, Cause Of Death, Movies, Wikipedia, Game Shows, Photos, Siblings, Photos, Height

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Biography

George Alexander Trebek OC (born July 22, 1940), addressed professionally as Alex Trebek, is a Canadian TV host and personality. He started his career in 1963.

He took over as host of the Canadian game show Reach for the Top in the middle of the 1960s. He made his debut on American television in 1973 as the host of the ill-fated game show The Wizard of Odds

Alex Trebek started his long-running stint as host of the revived Jeopardy! in 1984. He disclosed in 2019 that he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer and died from the condition in November 2020.

Below is more information about this Canadian personality.

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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: George Alexander Trebek OC
Stage Name: Alex Trebek
Born: 22 July 1940 (age 80 years old)
Place of Birth: Greater Sudbury, Canada
Died: 8 November 2020, Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality: American, Canadian
Height: 1.73 m
Parents: Lucille Lagacé, George Edward Trebek
Siblings: Barbara Trebek
Wife • Spouse: Jean Currivan Trebek (m. 1990–2020), Elaine Callei Trebek (m. 1974–1981)
Girlfriend • Partner: N/A
Children: Matthew Trebek, Emily Trebek, Nicky Trebek
Occupation: Journalist • TV Personality
Net Worth: US$75 million

Early Life & Education

Lucille Lagacé and George Edward Trebek, Alex Trebek was born on July 22, 1940, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. His father was a Ukrainian immigrant who worked as a cook in a nearby hotel, and his mother was French Canadian. He has a sister named Barbara Trebek.

He attended Jesuit schools as a young lad and earned his Lisgar Collegiate Institute diploma in 1957. Alex Trebek enrolled in the University of Ottawa to study philosophy, and in 1961 he graduated. He joined the English Debating Society as a student at the institution. 

Alex Trebek was considering a career in broadcast journalism. He decided to pursue a career in media after graduating in 1961.

Career

In 1963, Alex Trebek worked as a host for the Canadian music show Music Hop. The brief-lived “CBS” game show “Double Dare,” which he hosted, ended up being his sole game show with the “CBS” network. 

He started in journalism as a news and sportscaster for the CBC channel. His area of expertise was national news, and he quickly developed a reputation as a journalist who could think clearly and be trusted. He covered several noteworthy events for the radio and television divisions of his stations. 

Even though he was well-liked for his work as a newscaster, Alex Trebek switched gears in 1966 and took the helm of the Canadian quiz program Reach for the Top, which pitted teams of high school students against one another.

To advance his career, he relocated to the US in 1973. He was hired there as the host of the brand-new game show The Wizard of Odds on NBC. The show only had one season; therefore, it was short-lived. 

In 1974, Alex Trebek began presenting the game program High Rollers. He appeared in the program for both its seasons—1974–1976 and 1978–1980—as well as its syndicated season in 1975–1976. 

He served as the host of The $128,000 Question for its second season in 1977–1978. Each contestant was tested on a topic related to their area of expertise. The program’s second season saw its end because it never attracted large audiences.

Alex Trebek was asked to make several guest appearances as a panelist or player on many other shows after hosting many game shows. These additional shows included NBC’s Card Sharks and The Magnificent Marble Machine. He became famous as a show host after hosting many game shows. 

In 1975, Alex Trebek appeared as a famous teammate on the NBC game show The Magnificent Marble Machine. In 1978, he also participated in the word game titled, To Say the Least, hosted by Tom Kennedy

He then became the host of Battlestars on NBC. The first episode of the series aired in October 1981, ending in April 1982. Trebek began serving as the host of the Canadian game show Pitfall in September 1981.

As the host of NBC’s Classic Concentration, his second program for Mark Goodson, he returned to daytime television. Alex Trebek made his first appearance on the “CBS” network since hosting Double Dare to host the Pillsbury Bake-Off, which he did until 1998. 

The participants in the game show Jeopardy! receive hints in the form of the correct answers. The participants must then formulate their solutions as questions. The program was widely viewed and the recipient of numerous “Daytime Emmy Awards.”

In 1991, he made broadcasting history by being the first person to ever host three-game shows at once.

In 2005, Alex Trebek also appeared on Celebrity Poker Showdown. He lost to Cheryl Hines in his qualifying game and finished in second place. 

Alex Trebek made a comeback on June 24 as a panelist on ABC’s relaunch of To Tell the Truth

Major Works 

Alex Trebek is best known in the United States as the host of the game show Jeopardy! which has won numerous awards. Since 1984, he has hosted the game show’s syndicated edition. 

Although he was supposed to retire in 2016, he renewed his contract and will continue to host the game show until 2022.

Awards & Achievements

Alex Trebek was the host of the game show Jeopardy! and won five Daytime Emmy Awards for the Outstanding Game Show Host.

For his contribution to geographic education and the general study of geography, he was awarded the “Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Gold Medal” in 2010. 

In 2011, he was given The “Peabody Award” was given to Alex Trebek and “Jeopardy!”.

For his work in the entertainment industry, he was given the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2011.

Trebek established a “Guinness World Record” for hosting the most gameshow episodes on June 13, 2014. At the time, he hosted 6,829 episodes of “Jeopardy!” 

In recognition of “his iconic achievements in television and for his promotion of learning, particularly as a champion for geographical literacy,” then-Gov. Gen. David Johnston named him an Officer of the Order of Canada on June 30, 2017. 

The “Daughters of the American Revolution” presented Alex Trebek with the “Americanism Award” for 2019 on June 28.

Personal Life 

In 1974, Alex Trebek wed Elaine Callei Trebek; their union lasted seven years before ending in divorce in 1981 with a child named Nicky Trebek

He remarried in 1990 to Jean Currivan Trebek, with whom he had two children: Matthew Trebek and Emily Trebek.

Net Worth

American game show presenter Alex Trebek, who was born in Canada, had a net worth of US$75 million at the time of his passing. 

Social Media

  • Twitter: @AlexTrebek



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