Alex Trebek

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Alex Trebek was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, to George Edward Trebek, a Ukrainian immigrant father and Lucille Lagacé, a Franco-Ontarian mother. He was educated by the Jesuits before attending high school at Malvern Collegiate Institute in Toronto and later the University of Ottawa with a degree in Philosophy. Interested in a career in broadcast news, he began his broadcasting career working for the CBC as a newscaster.

In 1991, he became the only host in United States TV history to helm three daily national game shows at once — Jeopardy!, Classic Concentration and To Tell the Truth. He is one of three hosts to emcee a game show in the United States and a game show in Canada at the same time (Jim Perry and Geoff Edwards, both of whom were U.S.-born, are the other two). Trebek and Perry are the only two known hosts in the industry to host three different game shows at once in North American television.

Having skillfully guided the series to years of unprecedented success, Alex Trebek has been personally honored with three Emmy Awards (best television host) and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (located at 6501 Hollywood Boulevard, near those for Ann-Margret and Vincent Price).