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Today’s we are sharing with you information about a famous personalty of United states and Canada George Alexander Trebek, recently he came in news flash when he declared that he is suffering from  stage IV pancreatic cancer,  In this post we have tried to get some information about the famous personalty. Hope this will help you a lot.

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Early and Personal Life of George Alexander Trebek:

George Alexander Trebek born on 22 July 1940 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, his father George Edward Trebek was a chef. George Trebek completed his graduation in 1961 from the “University of Ottawa” in Philosophy. At the time of university student, he was a member of the English Debating Society. He was interested in a career in broadcast news and before completing his degree, George Trebek began his career at CBC in 1961. He would eventually read the national news and cover a wide range of special events for the CBC’s radio and television divisions, including curling and horse racing.

Trebek and Elaine Callei married in 1974. They had no children and divorced in 1981. In 1990, he married Jean Currivan, they have two children, Matthew and Emily. In 1996, Trebek ran the Olympic Torch in Jacksonville, Florida, through a leg of its journey to Atlanta. Trebek became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1998.

Career Life of George Alexander Trebek:

He got his first job in Canadian music program “Music Hop” in 1963. In 1966 he hosted a high school quiz show named “Reach for the Top”. From 1967 to 1970 he was a host for the CBC, introducing classical music programs including performances by Glenn Gould. For one or two seasons he hosted a weekly skating program. Starting in spring 1969, he also hosted Strategy which aired on week days. He moved to the United States in 1973 and worked for NBC as host of a new game show “The Wizard of Odds”. A year later Trebek hosted the popular “Merrill Heatter-Bob Quigley” game show, “High Rollers”, which had two incarnations on NBC. In between stints as host of High Rollers, Trebek hosted the short-lived CBS game show “Double Dare”.

Since the second incarnation of High Rollers premiered while The $128,000 Question was still airing and taping episodes, Trebek became one of two hosts to emcee shows in both the United States and Canada, joining Jim Perry, who was hosting Definition and Headline Hunters in Canada and Card Sharks, which, coincidentally, premiered the same day as High Rollers in 1978 in the United States. Trebek’s francophone side was put on display in 1978, in a special bilingual edition of Reach for the Top and its Radio-Canada equivalent, Génies en herbe. In this show Trebek alternated smoothly between French and English throughout.

High Rollers was cancelled in 1980 after this Trebek moved on to “Battlestars” for NBC.

In 1991 Trebek made broadcast history by becoming the first person to host three American game shows at the same time.

George Trebek and Pat Sajak, host of Wheel of Fortune, traded places on April Fools’ Day 1997. He appeared on Celebrity Poker Showdown in 2005. He came in second place in his qualifying game, losing to Cheryl Hines. On June 13, 2014, Guinness World Records presented Alex with the world record for most episodes of a game show hosted, with 6,829 episodes at the time.

Awards won by George Alexander Trebek:

Trebek has been awarded five Outstanding Game Show Host Emmy Awards (1989, 1990, 2003, 2006, and 2008), and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (located at 6501 Hollywood Boulevard, near those for Ann-Margret and Vincent Price). On 4 November 2010, he received the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Gold Medal for his contribution to geographic education and the popular study of geography.

In 2011, it was announced that Trebek would be one of the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmy Awards. On May 4, 2015, Trebek’s alma mater, the University of Ottawa, named its alumni hall in his honour, as a benefactor to the university.

George Alexander announced that he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in March, 2019.

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