Alex Trebek
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Joseph Georges Alexandre Trebek (1940 - 2020)

Joseph Georges Alexandre (Alex) "Alex" Trebek
Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canadamap
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Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
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Alex Trebek was born in Ontario, Canada.

Joseph Georges Alexander Trebek was born on 22 July 1940 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada [1] and his parents were Lucille (Lagacé), a Franco-Ontarian and George Edward Trebek (né Terebeychuk), a chef who had emigrated from Ukraine as a child.

Alex grew up in a bilingual French-English household. His first job was when he was 13 as a bellhop at the hotel where his father worked as a chef.

He attended Sudbury High School (now Sudbury Secondary School). At university he was a member of the English Debating Society and was interested in a career in broadcast news. In 1961 he graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in philosophy.

Alex Trebek, OC was a Canadian-American television personality. He was the host of the syndicated game show "Jeopardy!" since it was revived in 1984 and was contracted to host until 2022. He also hosted a number of other game shows, including "The Wizard of Odds", "Double Dare, "High Rollers, Battlestars", "Classic Concentration" and "To Tell the Truth". He made appearances in numerous television series, usually portraying himself.

In 1998 he became a naturalized American citizen.

On 06 March 2019, he announced that he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer.

He passed away on 08 Nov 2020 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA[2] and was cremated.


  1. Drouin collection for birth info
  2. The News-Messenger Fremont, Ohio 09 Nov 2020, Mon • Page A4
  • Find a Grave, database and images, memorial page for Alex Trebek (22 Jul 1940–8 Nov 2020), Find A Grave: Memorial #218166392, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.

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Hi there profile managers!

We plan on featuring Alex as the Example Profile of the Week in the Connection finder on December 16. Between now and then is a good time to take a look at the sources and biography to see if there are updates and improvements that need made, especially those that will bring it up to WikiTree Style Guide standards. We know it's short notice, so don't fret too much. Just do what you can. A Team member will check on the profile Tuesday and make changes as necessary.

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