America’s favorite game show host has sadly passed away after a nearly two-year battle with Pancreatic Cancer.
In Memoriam: Alex Trebek, Jeopardy! Host
Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy! for 36 years, died on Sunday, November 8th at the age of 80.
Trebek was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada on July 22nd, 1940 in a bilingual French and English household but became a United States citizen in 1998. In 1961, while he was in college, he began working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), eventually reading the national radio news and covering special events. He hosted the Canadian music program Music Hop in 1963, and the high school quiz show Reach for the Top in 1966.
His game show career took off in 1973, when he moved to the United States and worked for NBC as host of the show The Wizard of Odds. Other hosting gigs were for High Rollers, Double Dare, and The $128,000 Question, which was recorded in Toronto.
After numerous guest appearances on various game shows, he took over as host of the revival of Jeopardy!, which had originally aired from 1964 to 1975 and featured Art Fleming, and stayed on the quiz show until his death. His final appearance will air on Christmas Day, 2020.
Jeopardy! has become an American icon, winning a record 39 Daytime Emmy Awards, 17 of which were for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show. Trebek won seven awards for Outstanding Game Show Host and a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012, the show was awarded a Peabody Award for its role in celebrating and encouraging knowledge. The show has also been parodied on sketch comedy shows like Saturday Night Live (with Will Ferrell playing the role of Trebek) and Second City TV.
Trebek made guest appearances on talk shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Colbert Report, and Good Morning America.
He was a longtime philanthropist and activist, and completed a memoir that was released in July of 2020, less than four months before his death.
Trebek is survived by his wife of 30 years and his three children.