Alex Trebek; Age, Wife, Net Worth, Cancer, Children

Published Date: 07 Mar, 2019 Updated date: 26 Jan, 2020 By Celebs Podium

Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek is battling stage IV cancer behind the stomach. With the zest to fight the illness, he confirmed the news via social media post.

Alex Trebek age 78 is the TV host who holds dual citizenship of Canada and the United States. He is widely popular from NBC’s most applauding syndicated TV program, Jeopardy.

Alex Trebek Bio & Family

The TV personality was born as George Alexander Trebek on 22 July 1940 in Sudbury, Ontario. His parents, George and Lucille Trebek raised him. Alex’s father was a Ukraine immigrant and had the job of a chef while his mother is a Franco-Ontarian. The reporter grew up in a multilingual household with mixed descent. He went to the University of Ottawa to complete graduation upon Philosophy in 1961.

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Career & Net Worth

The 78-year-old has a net worth of $50 million solely from his TV work since 1961. Right after his university degree, Alex allied with the English Debating Society and also got the opportunity to work as CBC – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation newscaster.

Alex makes an annual salary worth $10 million as a game show host. The most significant share of his fortunes primarily goes to his most loved TV game show, Jeopardy. He still runs the quiz competition which runs until 2022. Some of his other programs are The Wizards of Odds (1973), Double Dare (1977) and To Tell the Truth (1991) to name a few.

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Alex Emotional & Brave Announcement On Cancer

The Jeopardy host has been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer at the age of 78. The news of the illness was made public by himself on 22 March 2019 through Twitter video sharing.

Alex shares the news of Cancer ailment on 22 March 2019 (Video: Jeopardy’s Twitter)

Alex still possesses sheer positivity to fight back the disease. Not only that, but he also told that around 50,000 US citizen deals with the illness. The news reporter in one of his interview with CTV’s Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme on 4 October 2019 revealed,

I’m not afraid of dying,” and “I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid [of] that?

Likewise, in an ABC interview in late 2019, he revealed of looking at experimental treatments and chemotherapies. The news host is still in sound physical condition to look for construction projects, despite periods of severe pain and depression.

Alex Adopts Daughter Of First Wife First Marriage

The game show entertainer’s first marriage was with American businesswoman, Elaine Kares. They got married on 25 September 1974 with their seven years matrimony ended in divorce on 13 May 1981. His former wife was a previous Playboy Bunny and a degree holder of Ohio State University. Although the former did not have any children, Alex embraced Elaine’s daughter, Nicky from her last wedding.

Almost eight years split with Elaine, Alex went to tie nuptials with a real estate manager, Jean Currivan on 30 April 1990. His second wife, Jean was just 26 years of age during their wedlock.

Alex with second wife Jean on 19 April 2014 (Picture: Zimbio)

Together the duo shares two children; Matthew, born in 1990 and Emily, born in 1993.

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Some Interesting Facts About Alex Trebek

  • Alex has dual citizenship in Canada and the United States which he received back in 1998.
  • He has also made a guest appearance on the popular TV sitcom, How I Met Your Mother in late 2010.
  • The host is the recipient of the 2014 Guinness World Recorder with 6,829 episodes under his name.
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