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Alex Trebek

pramesh Published On Sat Aug 01 2020   Modified On Sun Aug 02 2020
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Full NameGeorge Alexander Trebek
First NameGeorge
Middle NameAlexander
Last NameTrebek
Birth NameGeorge Alexander Trebek
Other NameAlex
Professiontelevision personality
Birth CityOntario
Birth CountryCanada
Father NameGeorge Trebek
Mother NameLucille Trebek
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusMarried
No Of Children2
AwardsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host(for show; Jeopardy!),Academy Icon Award(2020)
SibilingsBarbara Trebek
Filmography6 film appearance
Educationuniversity graduate
Height173 cm
Weight80 kg
Networth$75 M
Date of BirthJuly 22,1940
Age80 years
Married Date1990


    of Alex Trebek

    What is Alex Trebek marital status ?Married
    How many children does Alex Trebek have ?2
    When was Alex Trebek married?1990
    What is the height of Alex Trebek?173 cm
    What is the weight of Alex Trebek?80 kg

    Who is Alex Trebek?

    George Alexander Trebek, shortly known as Alex Trebek, is a Canadian-born American television personality, best recognized as the host of a TV game show; Jeopardy! since 1984. His contract expires in 2022, and now, Alex holds the Guinness World Record for the “most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter”.

    Why is  Alex Trebek famous?

    Alex Trebek is the host of the very famous game show; Jeopardy! since 1984. 

    Jeopardy! television game show is based on general knowledge clues for which participants have to form the questions. 

    Trebek was also chosen to host its syndicated version and demonstrated to be a very fitted host. Earlier to hosting this game show, he had hosted numerous other shows like; ‘The Wizard of Odds’ and ‘Pitfall’.

    Alex Trebek hosting show; Jeopardy!
    Source: Instagram

    Besides this, Trebek is also popular on social media fan pages as he doesn't have a private social account, up until now.  

    Alex Trebek’s Bio, Early life and Career

    Alex Trebek was born on the 22nd of July, 1940, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. His mother, Lucille Trebek was a French Canadian, whereas his father, George Trebek was a Ukrainian immigrant who operated as a chef in a local hotel.

    Alex Trebek in his early days
    Source: Instagram

    While being a young boy, he went to Jesuit schools and completed graduation from Lisgar Collegiate Institute in 1957.

    Later, he went to the University of Ottawa to read philosophy and obtain a degree in 1961. During his time at the university, he also became a part of the English Debating Society.

    He was inspired by various news broadcasters, back when he was a child. After graduation in 1961, Trebek decided to proceed with a career in journalism. Trebek's first hosting show was for a Canadian music program named ‘Music Hop’ in 1963.

    Trebek hosted a short-lived ‘CBS’ game show ‘Double Dare’ which was his only game show with the ‘CBS’ network.

    Trebek than started his journalism career as a reporter and sportscaster with the ‘CBC’ channel. His specialty was national news and soon grabbed a name for being a cool-headed and trustworthy commentator. He reported numerous special events for his channels’ radio and television divisions.

    Though his job as a newscaster was much appreciated, he changed his ideology, and soon in 1966, he became the host of the Canadian quiz show ‘Reach for the Top’, where teams of high school students competed against each other.

    Later, he migrated to the United States in 1973 and worked as the host of NBC’s game show ‘The Wizard of Odds’ but, The show only lasted for a season due to the financial crisis.

    After that, in 1974, he began hosting a game show ‘High Rollers’. He stayed in the show for its two-seasons with starting from 1974-76, and 1978-80, and also in its syndicated season in 1975-76.

    Throughout 1977-78, he hosted the second season of ‘The $128,000 Question’, where each participant was quizzed following a category of their expertise. The show never recorded large viewership ratings and was ended after airing its second season.

    With many years of experience in hosting game shows, he grew very popular and was selected as a panelist/player on other shows, like NBC’s ‘Card Sharks’ and ‘The Magnificent Marble Machine.’

    In 1975, Trebek also appeared as a celebrity teammate on the ‘NBC’ game show ‘The Magnificent Marble Machine’. In 1978, He also appeared in the Tom Kennedy-hosted ‘NBC’ word game ‘To Say the Least’. Then, Trebek went on to host ‘Battlestars’ for ‘NBC’ as well. The series was first released in October 1981 but due to some reasons, the series got canceled in April 1982.

    Alongside that, Trebek began hosting a Canadian game show named ‘Pitfall’ in September 1981.

    Trebek came back to daytime television as host of NBC's ‘Classic Concentration’, which was his second show concerning Mark Goodson.

    Trebek returned to the ‘CBS’ network for the first time considering hosting ‘Double Dare’ to host a cooking competition named ‘The Pillsbury Bake-Off,’ which he hosted until 1998. 

    Trebek was asked to host the syndicated story of the game show ‘Jeopardy!’ which was produced by Merv Griffin who had also produced the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ and hosted it in 1984.

    Alex Trebek hosting show; Jeopardy!
    Source: Instagram

    In 1991, he made history after becoming the first person in American broadcast history to host three-game shows at the same time, with shows naming;  ‘Jeopardy!,’ ‘Classic Concentration,’ and ‘To Tell the Truth’.

    Jeopardy! however, is identified as a unique game show where the participants were provided with clues in the form of answers. 

    The participants then have to phrase their responses in the order of questions. The program soon became very popular and received several ‘Daytime Emmy Awards.

    Moreover, He also got involved in ‘Celebrity Poker Showdown’ in 2005 and earned second place in the qualifying game, losing to Cheryl Hines. Trebek came back as a panelist on ABC’s revival of ‘To Tell the Truth’ on June 24, 2018.

    Alex Trebek's illnesses

    Trebek had a minor heart attack in his apartment on December 11, 2007, but recovered soon to get back to work as a program in January. 

    During the chase of a burglar who had entered his San Francisco hotel room on July 27, 2011, Trebek hurt his Achilles tendon. 

    Again, on June 23, 2012, he experienced a mild heart attack but soon returned to work in the show in July. Moreover, on March 6, 2019, Trebek stated being diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer.

    What is  Alex Trebek’s Net Worth?

    Currently, 80 years old Alex Trebek has an estimated net worth above $75 million, as of 2020. He earned such huge wealth as a professional television personality. 

    Alex Trebek
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    Likewise, here are some facts relating to Alex Trebek’s net worth. Let's take a look:

    Estimated Net Worth in 2020(Till May)+$75 million 
    Last Year's Net Worth (2019)$75 million
    Income Per Jeopardy! Season$18 million
    Source of Incometelevision personality(profession)

    Is  Alex Trebek married or dating someone?

    In 1974, Trebek got married to businesswoman Elaine Callei. The pair had no children together and got separated with a divorce in 1981. But, Trebek was awarded with Callei's adopted daughter Nicky's custody.

    Alex Trebek with his wife, Jean Currivan

    In 1990, he again got married to a real estate project manager from New York, Jean Currivan. The pair together have two children; Matthew, born in 1990, and Emily, born in 1993. As of 2020, they are living together happily, alongside their children.

    Alex Trebek’s Body Measurements

    Weight80 kg
    Height5 feet 8 inches
    Hair White
    Body TypeOval

    Some FAQs related to  Alex Trebek

    What is  Alex Trebek’s nationality?

    Alex Trebek’s nationality is Canadian by birth.

    What is Alex Trebek’s profession?

     Alex Trebek is a television personality by profession.

    What is  Alex Trebek’s height?

     Alex Trebek is 5 feet 8 inches /173 cm tall.