Alex Trebek (born George Alexander Trebek on July 22, 1940, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada; died November 8, 2020 in Los Angeles, California) was the host of Jeopardy!, in syndication from 1984 to 2020.
On television, Alex Trebek had either made guest appearances usually as himself or voiced himself (on The Simpsons episode “Miracle on Evergreen Terrace”) or characters modeled after himself, such as Alex Lebek in the Arthur episode "Arthur and the Big Riddle"; in the Rugrats episode "Game Show Didi", he was named Alan Quebec. He even appeared as himself in the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo Wii U versions of Jeopardy!, and Johnny Gilbert joined him, albeit by voice. Alex became a U.S. citizen in the late 1990s.
He lived in California with his wife, Jean, and their two children, Emily and Matthew. But on March 6, 2019, Trebek was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. He vowed to fight it off, but he continued to struggle with cancer and died on November 8, 2020, at age 80.
- The Wizard of Odds (1973-74)
- (The New) High Rollers (1974-76, 1978-80)
- Double Dare (1976-77)
- The $128,000 Question (1977-78)
- Pitfall (1981-82)
- Battlestars (1981-82, 1983)
- Starcade (1982 pilots)
- Malcolm (1983, unsold pilot)
- Jeopardy! (1984-2020; also hosted the 1983 pilot, and served as producer for Seasons 1-3)
- M'ama Non M'ama (1984, unsold pilots)
- Lucky Numbers (1985, unsold pilots)
- Second Guess (1986, unsold pilot)
- Classic Concentration (1987-91)
- National Geographic Bee (1989-2013)
- Super Jeopardy! (1990)
- To Tell the Truth (1991; was the fourth different host of that version including the pilots)
- Classic Concentration II (1992, unsold runthrough)
- Wheel of Fortune (4/1/1997; also filled in for Chuck Woolery for a week in 1980)
- Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time (2020)
Commemorative Speech on the death of Alex Trebek
"I'm Mike Richards, the executive producer of Jeopardy!. Over the weekend, we lost our beloved host Alex Trebek. This is an enormous loss for our staff and crew, for his family, and for his millions of fans. He loved this show and everything it stood for. In fact, he taped his final episodes less than two weeks ago. He will forever be an inspiration for his constant desire to learn, his kindness, and for his love of his family. We will air his final 35 episodes as they were shot. That's what he wanted. On behalf of everyone here at Jeopardy!, thank you for everything, Alex. This is Jeopardy!." - Mike Richards, the executive producer for Jeopardy! (2020)