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Pat Sajak
Name: Patrick Leonard Sajak
Born: October 26, 1946
Birth Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Occupation: Host
Years active: 1975-present
Known for: Hosting Wheel of Fortune

Pat Sajak (born Patrick Leonard Sajak on October 26, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois) is a former weatherman & one-time late-night talk show host. He became the host of Wheel of Fortune on December 28, 1981, following the departure of Chuck Woolery. During Chuck’s final week on Wheel, Pat appeared on Password Plus opposite Betty White. He's married twice; his current wife is Lesly Brown-Sajak, who was a substitute for Vanna on an April Fools' Day 1997 episode of Wheel. While Alex Trebek hosted said episode, Pat hosted that day's episode of Jeopardy! He and Lesly have two children, Maggie and Patrick Jr. At one time, Pat had his late-night talk show on CBS called The Pat Sajak Show (1989-1990) and later had another talk show on the Fox News Channel called The Pat Sajak Weekend (2003).

Shows hosted

Shows appeared

  • Password Plus
  • Super Password
  • Jeopardy! (in addition to hosting the above episodes, he was a contestant on Celebrity Jeopardy! in 1993 and 2010's Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational; he also is among many celebrity clue-givers)

Health Scare

On November 7, 2019, Pat was forced to temporarily leave the show to undergo successful surgery, as he had a blocked intestine (the small intestine).[1] On December 6, Sajak recovered and returned to Wheel.[2]

During his absence, longtime hostess Vanna White took over as host. Her sub-hosting tenure began airing on December 9. The Disney characters (more specifically Mickey and Minnie Mouse in rotation) did the honors of touching the letters due to the first week being Disney's Secret Santa Week. Then earlier that year, his daughter Maggie took over the letter touching duties.