Who is Alex Trebek? Wiki, Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Cause of Death, Instagram, Net Worth

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Alex Trebek Wiki – Alex Trebek Biography

Alex Trebek was a Canadian-American television personality and game show host. He was the host of the syndicated game show Jeopardy! for 36 years from its revival in 1984 until his death in 2020. He also hosted a number of other game shows, including The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Battlestars, Classic Concentration, and To Tell the Truth. Trebek also made appearances in numerous television series, in which he usually played himself.

He grew up in a bilingual French-English household. Trebek’s first job was when he was 13; he was a bellhop at the hotel where his father worked as a chef. Trebek attended Sudbury High School (now Sudbury Secondary School) and then attended the University of Ottawa. Trebek graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in philosophy in 1961. While a university student, he was a member of the English Debating Society. At the time, he was interested in a career in broadcast news.

From 1966 until his stint on “Jeopardy” began in 1984, Trebek hosted a slew of Canadian and U.S. game shows: “Reach for the Top,” “Jackpot,” “The Wizard of Odds,” “High Rollers,” “The $128,000 Question,” and “Pitfall.”

In 1984, Merv Griffin and ABC tapped Trebek to host “Jeopardy” and that is what he did until his death. In nearly 40 years as the “Jeopardy” host, he was nominated for the Outstanding Game Show Host Daytime Emmy Award 28 times, winning the award six times (1989, 1990, 2003, 2006, 2008, and 2019). He also received three nominations for the award for his time hosting “Classic Concentration” from 1988 to 1991. He was awarded the Daytime Emmy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

In a 2018 interview with Vulture, Trebek said the biggest key to hosting a game show is that you have to remember that you are not the star of the show.

“You have to set your ego aside. The stars of the show are the contestants and the game itself. That’s why I’ve always insisted that I be introduced as the host and not the star. And if you want to be a good host, you have to figure a way to get the contestants to — as in the old television commercial about the military — ‘be all you can be.’ Because if they do well, the show does well. And if the show does well, by association I do well,” said Trebek.

Alex Trebek Age

Alex Trebek was 80 years old. He was born on July 22, 1940, in Greater Sudbury, Canada.

Wife

Trebek married broadcaster Elaine Callei in 1974. The couple had no children although Trebek adopted Callei’s daughter Nicky; they divorced in 1981. In 1990, he married Jean Currivan, a real estate project manager from New York. They had two children, Matthew and Emily.

Health Condition

In March 2019, Trebek announced in a YouTube video that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. But he vowed to fight the cancer and continue to host “Jeopardy” as long as he could — he even cracked a joke about not being able to quit because he was contracted to host the show until 2022.

Trebek said:

Hi everyone. I have some news to share with you and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our ‘Jeopardy’ fanbase. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. So, therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information. Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week, I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Now, normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.

Truth told, I have to because under the terms of my contract I have to host ‘Jeopardy’ for three more years. So help me, keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done.

One year later, he gave an update on his prognosis. “I’d be lying,” he said, “if I said the journey was an easy one … there were moments of great pain, days when certain bodily functions no longer functioned, and sudden massive attacks of the great depression that made me wonder if it really was worth fighting on. But I brushed that aside quickly because that would have been a massive betrayal.”

He said it would have betrayed his wife, his faith in God, the millions of prayers his fans were saying in his name, and the other cancer patients who were looking to him for inspiration.

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“My oncologist tried to cheer me up the other day,” Trebek said. “He said, ‘You know Alex, even though the two-year survival rate is only 7%, he was certain that one year from now, the two of us would be sitting in his office, celebrating my second anniversary of survival.’ And you know something? If I — no, if we — because so many of us are involved in this same situation — if we take it just one day at a time, with a positive attitude, anything is possible. I’ll keep you posted.”

In addition to cancer, Trebek suffered two mild heart attacks over the years — the first in December 2007 and the second in June 2012. In both cases, he was back to work about a month later.

In October 2017, Trebek suffered a fall that later required him to have surgery to remove blood clots — known as a subdural hematoma — from his brain.

“Surgery was performed. After two days in the hospital, I came home to start recovery. The prognosis is excellent and I expect to be back in the studio to tape more ‘Jeopardy’ programs very, very soon. I want to thank all of you for your concern,” he said in a video posted to the “Jeopardy” YouTube page.

Alex Trebek Death

Alex Trebek, the legendary “Jeopardy” host, has died at the age of 80 on Sunday, November 8, in California after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to a tweet from the show that reads, “Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex.”

Trebek was a game show staple, hosting more than a dozen other shows and specials over his nearly 60-year career. He returned to host the 37th season of “Jeopardy” earlier this year, despite the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the news of Trebek’s death, Jennings retweeted the official announcement from the Jeopardy Twitter account: “Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex.”

Then, Jennings wrote his own tribute to Trebek.

“Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did,” Jennings tweeted. “He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him. Thinking today about his family and his Jeopardy! family—which, in a way, included millions of us.“

Net Worth

Trebek’s net worth is unclear.

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