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Alex Trebek Bio, Age, Height, Wife, Kids, Jeopardy, Cancer, Prognosis, Net worth, Salary

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Alex Trebek Bio

Alex Trebek (George Alexander Trebek) is a six-time Grammy award-winning Canadian-American television personality born on the 22nd of July, 1940 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is popularly known as the host of the Jeopardy!, a syndicated game show on NBC. He is the first person in broadcast history to host three American game shows at the same time. 

While at the University of Ottawa he joined the English Debating Society which helped him develop an interest in broadcast news. After graduating he joined Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBS) as a newscaster specializing in covering special events and national news.

In 1963 he got his first hosting job as the host of ‘Music Hop’, a Canadian music program. He later hosted ‘Reach For The Top’, a high school quiz show. Since then he has hosted a couple of shows including The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Pillsbury Bake-Off, and The $128,000 Question.

He has also starred in several shows such as How I Met Your Mother and Hot in Cleveland and also in commercials including Colonial Penn Life Insurance.

Alex Trebek Age 78 years old; born on  22nd of July, 1940
Alex Trebek Height 5 ft 8 inches
Alex Trebek Parents George and Lucille Trebek
Alex Trebek Wife Jean Currivan (1990 – Present)

Elaine Callie (1974 – 1981)

Alex Trebek Kids Matthew (b. 1990) and Emily (b.1993)
How Much does Alex Trebek Make/ Alex Trebek Salary $ 10 million annually
Alex Trebek Net worth $50 million
Alex Trebek Education Alex graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Philosophy in 1961
Is Alex Trebek Jewish He is of Ukraine Jewish Ethnicity
How Long Has Alex Trebek been the Host of Jeopardy Since 1984

 

Alex Trebek Family

Alex was born to George and Lucille Trebek. His father, George was a chef who immigrated from Ukraine (although he spent his early years in Japan) while his mother Lucille was Franco-Ontarian.

Alex Trebek Wife

Alex married his wife Jean Currivan, a real estate manager, in 1990. At the time of their marriage, Jean was only twenty-six. The two first met at a party. Alex proposed to her during Jean’s twenty-sixth birthday, he surprised her with a 16-carat sapphire ring surrounded by diamonds.

Alex was previously married to Elaine Callie (in 1974), an American businesswoman, former Playboy Bunny, and a graduate of Ohio State University but they divorced in 1981. The two had no children together although Alex had adopted Elaine’s daughter, Nicky, from a previous marriage.

Alex Trebek Children

Alex with his wife Jean has two children; a son Matthew born in 1990 and a daughter Emily born in 1993. Matthew owns Mexican street food restaurant in Harlem, New York, known as Oso.

Alex Trebek Jeopardy

In 1984 Alex began hosting Jeopardy! after he shot a pilot for the revival of the 1964 series. It is an American game show which features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in the form of questions.

Alex Trebek Guinness Record

In 2014 Alex was presented with the Guinness World Record for the most episodes of a game show hosted with 6,829 episodes under his belt at the time.

Alex Trebek Diagnosis/ Alex Trebek Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer

In a video published on YouTube on 6th March 2019, Alex revealed that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

“Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you, and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our ‘Jeopardy!’ fan base. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. So, therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information.

Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working. And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease. Truth told I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for three more years! So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you.”

Alex Trebek Prognosis/ Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate

According to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the survival rate with people with cancer is 5 years and the survival rate for people with any stage of pancreatic cancer is just nine percent.

According to Dr. Timothy Donahue, professor of surgery, chief of surgical oncology and a pancreatic surgeon at UCLA, patients diagnosed with at stage 4 live an average of 12 to 15 months.

According to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, about 91 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within five years after diagnosis

Alex revealed that the prognosis is not very encouraging but he will fight cancer and continue working.

Alex Trebek Retirement/ Is Alex Trebek Retiring/ Alex Trebek Retiring

In July 2018 it was revealed that Alex might retire after his contract is up in 2020. During the video where he announced that he had been diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer, in March 2019, he said he had to beat it as he has three more years to host Jeopardy.

‘And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease. Truth told I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for three more years! So help me.’

Alex Trebek Replacement

During an interview with TMZ Alex said that the chances of him staying on Jeopardy! after his contract is up in 2020 are “50/50 and a little less.” He said he hoped his replacement will be either Alex Faust, an announcer for the LA Kings, or Laura Coates, a legal analyst on CNN.

Alex Trebek Brain Surgery

In January 2018 Alex underwent brain surgery to remove subdural hematoma ― blood clots on his brain which was caused by a fall. He posted a video on YouTube to give updates about his health.

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