Alex Trebek birthday: Remembering late ‘Jeopardy!’ host, who was born 82 years ago on this day

NEW YORK — There’s no doubt: Alex Trebek is sorely missed by all his fans.

Friday, July 22, would be the late “Jeopardy!” Host’s 82nd birthday.

Trebek was born on July 22, 1940. He died in November 2020 after an open and public battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

For nearly four decades, with style and a sense of humor, he was the man with all the answers to ask questions and earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the most game episodes hosted by the same person.

He was a master of the format, engaging in friendly banter with the contestants and looking genuinely pleased when they answered correctly. He was also able to advance the game in a fast and no-nonsense manner whenever people were scrambling for answers.

He has won seven Daytime Emmys for his work on the show and received a Lifetime Emmy Award in 2011.

Trebek had served as the face of the game since its daytime debut in 1984. With more than 8,200 episodes under his belt, he holds the Guinness World Record for most game show episodes hosted by the same host.

“I’m like the energizer bunny,” he said in 2014. “Thump, thump thump.”

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The only time anyone other than Trebek hosted an episode during his tenure on “Jeopardy” was when Trebek and “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Shajack swapped broadcasts for an April Fool’s prank, according to the Associated Press .

In the months before his death, the game show host celebrated 36 years on “America’s favorite quiz show” and released his memoir, “The Answer Is …: Reflections on My Life.”

In March 2019, Trebek announced his cancer diagnosis in a video message released on “Jeopardy” social media accounts.

“Normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I will fight it and keep working,” he said. “I intend to overcome the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”

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The last episode Trebek taped before his death aired on Friday, January 8, 2021. It had no final goodbye, no final comments or a special goodbye from the host who didn’t know he would die less than two weeks after taping his last episode.

Trebek signed off by saying, “Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for spending time with us. We’ll see you again next week.”

The video in the media player above was used in a previous report.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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