Alex Trebek And All About Him
Canadian Game Show Host Alex Trebek was a name known by every quiz geek. If you have a knack for answering quiz questions before any of those contestants on the TV does, then people, Jeopardy ! is the right show for you. As students, we are always being told to watch quiz shows to increase our knowledge of Current Affairs, in India, it’s KBC whereas in Canada it’s none other than Jeopardy !.
A show with a similar theme as KBC, where the contestants answer questions present on their screens, the questions were asked by the show host, Alex Trebek, and thus if you make it to the finals, you get to walk away with a cash prize of $230k. A huge catch isn’t it.
The show Jeopardy! is an American television game show created by Mery Griffin. With over 8,000 episodes aired, the daily syndicated version of Jeopardy! has won a record 39 Daytime Emmy Awards as well as a Peabody Award. In 2013, the program was ranked No. 45 on TV Guide‘s list of the 60 greatest shows in American television history. Jeopardy! has also gained a worldwide following with regional adaptations in many other countries.
The daily syndicated series’ 37th season premiered on September 14, 2020. It is considered as one of the most successful game shows in America, but this article is not about the show, it’s about the former show host, none other than Alex Trebek. Let’s find out more about him now!
Alex Trebek: Who Is He?
George Alexander Trebek was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, on July 22, 1940, the son of George Edward Trebek, a chef by profession who had emigrated from Ukraine to Canada as a child, and Lucille Marie Lagacé, a Franco, Ontarian. Trebek had roots in Renfrew County, Ontario where his maternal grandmother was born in Mt. St. Patrick near Renfrew. Thus Trebek grew up in a bilingual French -English household. Trebek’s first job at age 13 was as 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 broadcast news career, he had sought out his goals of being involved in the entertainment industry at an early age.
Trebek hosted the syndicated game show Jeopardy! for 37 seasons from its revival in 1984 until he died in 2020. He also hosted several 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. A native of Canada, Trebek became a naturalized United States citizen in 1998.
He received the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host seven times for his work on Jeopardy!. He died on November 8, 2020, at age 80 after a 20-month battle with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. He had been contracted to host Jeopardy! until 2022.
Alex Trebek: His Personal Life
Alex Trebek wasn’t one of those celebrities who kept their lives private, this man loved to talk about his family and children and he never got tired of appreciating them enough to exist in his life. Trebek was married twice. The first time he married broadcaster Elaine Callie was in 1974.
The couple had no children although Trebek adopted Callie’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. Though his first marriage didn’t work out, his second was by far magical, he often told in interviews.
Alex and Jean met through a friend in 1988, when the Ontario-born Alex was 47, but still charming as ever and had been hosting Jeopardy! for just four years. He was newly single after his divorce from his first wife, broadcaster Elaine Callie. Jean, then 23, was doing part-time bookkeeping for one of Alex’s friends.
Their huge age did not work with the society back in 1988. In Alex’s latest memoir titled “The Answer Is…Reflections On My Life“, he opened up about his love life, about his wife, Jean, who had been the rock in their relationship and helped him fight his long battle with cancer.
As mentioned they met back in 1988, with an age gap of almost 2 decades, and when Alex decided to take the upper hand while meeting Jean’s parents, her father, who was then running a private investigation firm in New York, and had arranged for a boat to host some family and friends for an engagement party, turned out to be just 2 years elder than Alex himself!
That was a hilarious situation they were in back then, as Alex mentioned that Jean’s father willfully decided that Alex Trebek shall never be seen beside Jean again. But both of them fought through the society and hooked up anyway.
The couple has 2 children, Mathew Trebek (29) who owns a restaurant in New York, and Emily Trebek (26) who works in real estate. They got married back in 1990 and found out that they were pregnant with their first child, Mathew only 3 weeks later, what a ride!
Alex Trebek: Net Worth (2020)
Alex Trebek was a game show host and unfortunately passed away after a long battle with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 80. He had a net worth of $75 million at the time of his death. He was best known for his role as host of the syndicated game show “Jeopardy!”.
He hosted the show from 1984 until his death in November 2020. Trebek’s annual salary from “Jeopardy!” was $18 million. The show taped 46 days a year, and he shot five episodes per day. In other words, he earned around $391,000 every taping day, $78,000 per actual episode.
If we were to include Trebek’s real estate altogether then his primary residence was a 10,000 square-foot mansion in Studio City, California that he purchased in 1991 for $2.15 million. In the mid-1990s he spent $4.1 million to buy a 724-acre horse ranch in the rural city of Creston, California. He sold the ranch in 2005 for $10 million. In 2016 he listed his 30-acre lake home in Nacimiento, California for $1.4 million.
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