Alex Trebek has been the host of Jeopardy! since the syndicated debut of “America’s Favorite Quiz Show” 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. He holds a Guinness World Records record for Most Game Show Episodes Hosted by the Same Presenter; he has hosted nearly 8,000 episodes of Jeopardy! (and counting). In 2013, Trebek was named a member of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and in 2018 he and Jeopardy! were inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Trebek and Jeopardy! received a 2011 Peabody Award for “encouraging, celebrating and rewarding knowledge.”
Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Trebek attended the University of Ottawa, where he earned a degree 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 The Wizard of Odds, and after several other hosting roles, he became the host of Jeopardy!.
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. In 2017, Trebek was named an officer of the Order of Canada, his native country’s second-highest civilian honor.
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 was named in his honor in May 2015. He was conferred an Honorary Doctorate, and he received the Meritas Tabaret Award for Alumni Achievement, the top award bestowed upon University of Ottawa alumni.
He is a long-time supporter of World Vision and has traveled 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, a real estate developer in Los Angeles, and Matthew, the owner of OSO, a Mexican restaurant, and Lucille’s, a restaurant/bar, both in Harlem, New York.