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

 

Since its syndicated debut in 1984, Alex has hosted over 7,000 episodes of Jeopardy! For more than three decades, he’s become one of television's most famed figures, engaging millions of viewers worldwide with his impeccable delivery of "clues and responses," but Alex wasn’t always the dashing host you see now. He was once a mustache-less child born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

After a picture-perfect childhood in Ontario, he went on to earn two degrees in philosophy from the University of Ottawa. Interested in a broadcasting news career, he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), covering national news and special events for radio and television. With the growing popularity of game shows, he eventually segued into the role of host, something he was so clearly born to do. At least that’s what his mother used to tell friends and family.

Alex made his American television debut in 1973 as the host of the NBC game show "Wizard of Odds". After several other hosting roles, he was chosen to host Jeopardy! Alex quickly became a pop culture icon and has been honored with a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto, making him one of only a handful of entertainers honored by both countries.

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

Alex Trebek and Jeopardy! received the Peabody Award in 2011 for "Encouraging, celebrating and rewarding knowledge." That same year, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He’s also been honored with five Daytime Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host. Clearly Alex’s mother was right.

In 2013, Alex was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and was also honored as one of the "Giants of Broadcasting" by the Library of American Broadcasting. In that same year, Alex was also awarded the Alexander Graham Bell Medal from the National Geographic Society for his 25 years as host of the National Geographic Bee.

In addition to his hosting duties, Alex is a firm believer in giving back. He’s had a long-standing commitment with numerous charities and educational organizations. He has participated in 13 USO tours and is the recipient of the USO Bob Hope Award for his achievements in entertainment and commitment to America's troops. A longtime supporter of World Vision, Alex has traveled to many developing countries reporting on the group's efforts on behalf of children around the world. He adopted a village in Zambia, Africa, helping to build a school, homes for teachers and a medical facility. Alex and his wife, Jean, live in Studio City, Calif. They have two adult children, Emily and Matthew. 

Alex Trebek

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  • 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.

    Do you believe in reincarnation?

    "My wife does. I'm not so sure. I think when I'm gone, I'm gone and I think that will please a lot of people."

    Ask Alex

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
 

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