Alex Trebek is a show host and TV personality.
Alex graduated from Lisgar Collegiate Institute in 1957 before graduating from Toronto’s Malvern Collegiate Institute in 1958, and later the University of Ottawa with a degree in philosophy in 1961. As a student at the University of Ottawa, Trebek was a member of the English Debating Society. Interested in a career in broadcast news, Trebek began his broadcasting career working for the CBC as a newscaster and sportscaster. Trebek specialized in national news and covered a wide range of special events for the CBC’s radio and television divisions, including curling and horse racing. Trebek’s first hosting job was on a Canadian music program called “Music Hop” in 1963. Three years later, he hosted a high school quiz show called “Reach for the Top.” In 1973, Alex moved to the United States and worked for NBC as host of a new game show, “The Wizard of Odds.” A year later, Trebek hosted the popular Merrill Heatter-Bob Quigley game show, “High Rollers,” which had two incarnations on NBC (1974–76 and 1978–80) and an accompanying syndicated season (1975–76).
In between stints as host of “High Rollers,” Trebek hosted the short-lived CBS game show, “Double Dare” (not to be confused with the 1986 Nickelodeon game show of the same name), which turned out to be both the only CBS network show Trebek hosted and the first show he hosted for what was then Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions, as well as the second season of the syndicated series “The $128,000 Question,” which taped in Toronto. Since the second incarnation of “High Rollers” premiered while “The $128,000 Question” was still airing and taping episodes, Trebek became one of two hosts to emcee shows in both the United States and Canada, joining Jim Perry, who was hosting “Definition” and “Headline Hunters” in Canada and “Card Sharks,” which coincidentally premiered the same day as High Rollers in 1978, in the United States. Trebek’s Francophone side was put on display in 1978 in a special bilingual edition of Reach for the Top and its Radio-Canada equivalent “Génies en herbe.” In this show, Trebek alternated smoothly between French and English throughout.
Like other hosts of the day, Trebek made several guest appearances as panelist or player on other shows. After “High Rollers” was canceled in 1980, Trebek moved on to “Battlestars” for NBC. The series debuted in October 1981 and was canceled in April 1982 after only six months on the air. In September 1981, Trebek took the helm of the syndicated “Pitfall.” He shot two pilots for a revival of “Jeopardy!,” which he began hosting in 1984 and has hosted ever since. Alex Trebek has been awarded five Outstanding Game Show Host Emmy Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (located at 6501 Hollywood Boulevard near those for Ann-Margret and Vincent Price).
In March 2006, it was announced that Alex Trebek would receive a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. He is the second game show host to be inducted (the first being Monty Hall of Let’s Make a Deal and the third being Howie Mandel of Deal or No Deal). His star is located on King Street West near those of the Crazy Canucks and Eugene Levy. On November 4, 2010, Trebek received the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Gold Medal for his contribution to geographic education and the popular study of geography. In 2011, it was announced that Alex Trebek would be one of the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmy Awards.
How Alex Trebek Made His Money – Show-hosting
Estimated Net Worth: $50 Million
Birthday: July 22, 1940