Over the years, our host, Alex Trebek, has become synonymous with Jeopardy! Can you imagine one without the other? Alex truly is the face of America’s Favorite Quiz Show®.

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ALEX TREBEK

 

Alex Trebek has been the host of JEOPARDY! since America’s Favorite Quiz Show®’s syndicated debut in 1984. He has become one of television’s most enduring and iconic figures, engaging millions of viewers worldwide with his impeccable delivery of “answers and questions.”

Trebek has won five Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Game Show Host as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Trebek holds a Guinness World RecordsTM record for Most Game Show Episodes Hosted by the Same Presenter; he has hosted more than 7,300 episodes of JEOPARDY! (and counting).

In 2013, Trebek was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and in 2011, he and JEOPARDY! received the Peabody Award for “encouraging, celebrating and rewarding knowledge.” He is one of the few celebrities to have been honored with a coveted star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Canadian Walk of Fame.

"I think what makes Jeopardy! special is that, among all the quiz and game shows out there, ours tends to reward and encourage learning."

Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Trebek attended the University of Ottawa, where he earned degrees in philosophy. After university, Trebek worked for the CBC, covering national news and special events for radio and television. He made his American television debut in 1973 as the host of NBC’s game show “Wizard of Odds,” and after several other hosting roles, he became the host of JEOPARDY!.

Trebek has maintained strong ties to the University of Ottawa: he has created scholarships, sponsored a Lecture Series, and supported the construction of Alumni Hall, which, in May 2015, was named in his honor. He was conferred an Honorary Doctorate and he received the Meritas Tabaret Award for Alumni Achievement, the top award bestowed on University of Ottawa alumni. He is a long-time supporter of World Vision and has travelled to many third-world countries on behalf of that organization.

Trebek lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jean. They have two adult children: Emily, an event planner in Los Angeles, and Matthew, the owner of OSO, a Mexican restaurant in Harlem.

Alex Trebek

MORE ABOUT ALEX

  • Ask Alex

    During commercial breaks audience members ask Alex Trebek some very interesting questions. Read some of our favorites.

    What was the inspiration for bringing the mustache back?

    “I felt like it. Same reason I shaved it off!"

    Ask Alex
  • Ask Alex

    During commercial breaks, audience members ask Alex Trebek some very interesting questions. Here are some of our favorites.

    Have you ever played Jeopardy! as a contestant?

    "I don’t want to. Because that would mean that there’s another host. And that host will probably be younger and better than me, so the producers might start to get ideas."

    Ask Alex
  • Ask Alex

    During commercial breaks audience members ask Alex Trebek some very interesting questions. Read some of our favorites.

    Who would you want to replace you?

    "Betty White."

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BEYOND THE LECTERN

Alex's life is already pretty full with his Jeopardy! hosting duties, but he still finds time to travel, relax, and give back.

Travel

Being Alex Trebek definitely doesn’t mean staying put at Stage 10. In fact, he’s frequently on the move. When he can break free from his hectic work schedule, Alex might be found visiting his favorite vacation spot; Brontë Country in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, tops the list.

 

As for memorable work destinations, he will never forget the 9/11 Memorial. Some of his favorites include the Galápagos Islands, Machu Picchu, the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Opera costume shop.

 

Alex has been all over the world, but he still has a Bucket List: he'd still like to visit Tibet, Easter Island, and Iguaçu Falls. No one ever accused Alex of being boring!

 

 

Favorite Things

Alex Trebek is the picture of modern masculinity. His perfect day consists of fixing things around the house (with his bare hands, of course), listening to Frank Sinatra and watching Turner Classic Movies. Recently, he made his house “storm ready,” which means it is virtually impervious to nature’s wrath. We’d like to think of the Trebek residence as the Stronghold of Knowledge.

 

When it’s time to kick back, he can do so with the best of them. A glass of chardonnay, a Snickers and a marathon of "House of Cards", "Breaking Bad" or "Mad Men" is his choice solution. A John Grisham novel works too. He argues the plus side to having a short memory is being able to read them over and over again.

 

 

 

TREBEKISMS


IF YOU CAN'T BE IN AWE OF MOTHER NATURE, THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU.
  • It's far easier to be nice to people than to be mean, with far greater rewards.

  •  Now being pope, that’d be okay because I look great in white.

  • I'm an analog man in a digital world.

Alex Trebek