Who is Alex Trebek and what is his net worth 2018? Alex Trebek is a Canadian-American TV personality who has been the host of the game show ‘Jeopardy!’ He has been hosting the show since its inception in 1984. He has also hosted many other shows including ‘To Tell the Truth’, ‘Classic Concentration’, ‘Battlestar’, ‘High Rollers’, ‘Double Dare’, and ‘The Wizard of Odds’. He has signed to be the host of ‘Jeopardy!’ till 2020. He has also appeared in many other TV series like ‘Seinfeld’, ‘Beverley Hills 90210’, ‘Pepper Ann’, ‘How I Met Your Mother’, ‘Hot in Cleveland’, and ‘The Amazing Race Canada’.
George Alexander “Alex” Trebek was born on July 22, 1940, in Sudbury, Ontario in Canada. He was born to parents Lucille Lagacé and George Edward Trebek. His father was a chef who migrated from Ukraine. He was raised in a French-English household. Trebek went to the Lisgar Collegiate Institute and completed his graduation in 1957. He then went to the University of Ottawa and earned his degree in philosophy in the year 1961.
When he was in college, Trebek used to be a member of the English Debating Society. He was interested in broadcasting news when he was still in college. In 1961, he was recruited as a sportscaster and newscaster for CBC. He used to specialise in national news and used to cover special events for CBC’s TV and radio divisions including horse racing and curling.
In 1998, Trebek became a citizen of the USA. From 1974 to 1981, he was married to Elaine Callie. He was married with Jean Currivan in 1990. The couple has two children named Emily and Matthew.
In 1963, Alex Trebek became the host of Canadian program called ‘Music Hop’. He then became the host of a quiz show for school called ‘Reach for the Top’ in 1966. From 1967-1970, he became a host for CBC. In 1973, Trebek moved to the US and began to work for NBC. He started to host the game show called ‘The Wizard of Odds’. This was followed by another popular game show called ‘High Rollers’.
Apart from this, he also hosted ‘Double Dare’. He made several guest appearances on other NBC’s shows including ‘Card Sharks’. In 1975, he appeared in ‘The Magnificent Marble Machine’. In the same year, he became a contestant in ‘Celebrity Bowling’. He became the host of the game show ‘To Say the Least’ on NBC in 1978. From 1981 to 1982, he was seen in ‘Battlestar’.
In 1984, he became the host of ‘Jeopardy!’ and has hosted it till date. In 1987, he hosted ‘Classic Concentration’ on NBC. In 1994, Trebek returned to CBS with ‘Pillsbury Bake-Off’. For a week, he became the host of ‘Good Morning America’ in 1995. In 1997, he hosted the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ with Pat Sajak. In the 1990s, he used to host both ‘The $128,000 Question’ in Canada and ‘High Rollers’ in the United States.
Alex Trebek has won five Emmy Awards for ‘Outstanding Game Show Host’. In 2010, he received a Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He was conferred with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmy Awards. In June 2017, he was given the Officer of the Order of Canada by David Johnston, Governor General.
Alex Trebek Net Worth
Alex Trebek has hosted many shows both in Canada and in the United States. He has also appeared as himself in much other television series. Alex Trebek’s net worth is an estimated $55 million. He has been hosting ‘Jeopardy!’ for over 34 years and continues to do it.
In 2014, he made the world record by hosting 6,829 episodes of game shows by the Guinness World Records. In 2005, he was seen in ‘Celebrity Poker Showdown’. He has also replaced Lynn Swan to host ‘To Tell the Truth’ in 1991. In 1976, he appeared as a contestant on the show ‘Celebrity Bowling’.
Trebek has received a Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. He is also a philanthropist and in 1998, he donated a land worth $2 million to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He hosts the National Geographic Bee annually in the United States. In 2001, he won the ‘Access Awards’ by the American Foundation for the Blind.