Alex Trebek’s ‘Jeopardy!’ Career in Photos

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Mention Jeopardy! and Alex Trebek’s title will quickly comply with. The Canadian-born TV persona is synonymous with the long-running trivia present. Trebek’s hosted this system for many years and viewers have come to think about him as a educated and reassuring determine.

Alex Trebek on 'Jeopardy!' The Greatest of All Time
Alex Trebek on Jeopardy! | Eric McCandless/ABC by way of Getty Images

At 79 years outdated, Trebek continues to host the present regardless of being identified with pancreatic most cancers and experiencing despair as a result. Ahead, get a rundown of the famed recreation present host’s Jeopardy! profession. 

Alex Trebek began internet hosting ‘Jeopardy!’ in 1984

36 years in the past Trebek made his Jeopardy! debut in all probability not realizing he’d find yourself because the face of the present for many years to come back. Ever since then he’s stood behind the present’s signature podium the place he continues to dish out trivia to contestants. 

In a 2016 interview with Access Hollywood, Trebek mentioned he nonetheless attributes his success to the late actor Alan Thicke. In the 1970s, Thicke inspired Trebek to audition for the sport present The Wizards of Odds. Trebek did, and he grew to become the present’s host. He nonetheless owes all of it to Thicke. “He was the reason I got my big break,” Trebek mentioned of the Growing Pains star. 

'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek talks with contestants'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek talks with contestants
Alex Trebek talks with Jeopardy! contestants | Frank Lennon/Toronto Star by way of Getty Images

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He’s made historical past on the sport present

Trebek has requested 1000’s and 1000’s of questions throughout his time on Jeopardy! and in 2014 he made historical past. According to Variety, Trebek set the Guinness World Record for “most gameshow episodes hosted by the same presenter.” At the time he’d hosted a staggering 6,829 episodes. Of course within the years since that quantity has solely gone up. 

Below, see Trebek elevating an Emmy Award within the air as he celebrates Jeopardy! being inducted into the Guinness World Records. According to the sport present’s web site,, it’s probably the most awarded recreation present in historical past with 35 Emmy wins and counting. 

Alex Trebek poses with Emmy Awards when 'Jeopardy!' is inducted into the Guinness Book of World RecordsAlex Trebek poses with Emmy Awards when 'Jeopardy!' is inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records
Alex Trebek poses with Emmy Awards when Jeopardy! is inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records | E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment

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Trebek is up for a Daytime Emmy for greatest recreation present host on the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards which can air on June 26, 2020. But as an alternative of being excited concerning the nomination, the TV persona has mentioned he’s anxious about successful an Emmy as a result of he doesn’t need the honour out of sympathy for his most cancers analysis.

‘Jeopardy!’ has a safe spot in popular culture

Generations of individuals have watched Trebek dispense trivia to Jeopardy! contestants. The program is a mainstay and he and the present will ceaselessly be linked. Jeopardy! has change into such a fixture on TV that celebrities have come on this system to check their very own trivia information.

Alex Trebek and 'Cheers' actor John Ratzenberger on 'Jeopardy!'Alex Trebek and 'Cheers' actor John Ratzenberger on 'Jeopardy!'
Alex Trebek and ‘Cheers’ actor John Ratzenberger on Jeopardy!| Kim Gottlieb-Walker/NBCU Photo Bank

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John Ratzenberger as soon as appeared on the sport present as his Cheers character Cliff Clavin. And we are able to’t overlook concerning the time comic and actor Will Ferrell did an impression of Trebek on Saturday Night Live. The skit grew to become so fashionable the sport present host ended up making a visitor look on SNL alongside Ferrell.

Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek and Alex Trebek as himself on 'Saturday Night Live'Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek and Alex Trebek as himself on 'Saturday Night Live'
Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek and Alex Trebek as himself on Saturday Night Live | Mary Ellen Matthews/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal by way of Getty Images by way of Getty Images

Alex Trebek has written a memoir

Come July 21, 2020, Trebek’s e-book about his life and time internet hosting Jeopardy! will hit cabinets. The Answer Is… : Reflections on My Life consists of private tales from Trebek about Jeopardy! and different subjects akin to marriage and parenting.

Although he by no means meant to put in writing a memoir, Trebek determined to go forward with a e-book after receiving an outpouring of affection and help from the Jeopardy! viewers. And don’t think about the memoir to be a farewell from Trebek; his contract to host the present isn’t up till 2022.

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