Who Is Alex Trebek?: A Biography

Who Is Alex Trebek?: A Biography

by Lisa Rogak


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After a contestant wrote “We love you, Alex!” as his Final Jeopardy! answer, fans around the world quickly chimed in to proclaim their own love and support for beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. In the wake of his devastating cancer diagnosis, the moment provided the perfect opportunity to reflect on what the show—and the man—meant to them.

Millions of devoted viewers have long considered Alex Trebek to be a part of their daily lives ever since he began hosting the show in 1984. Now, bestselling biographer Lisa Rogak gives readers a look at Trebek's early life, his career, and his personal life throughout the years, drawing on many sources to tell his full story for the first time.

There are many surprises, like the fact that Trebek was almost 50 when he discovered that he had a half brother, as well as the revelation that for a short time he actually dreamed of becoming a priest. The native Canadian also struggled with depression after the failure of his first marriage, and for years afterward he despaired of ever having a family of his own, until he met the woman who would become his soulmate.

Who Is Alex Trebek? is the first biography of the much-loved game show host, and as such, celebrates the man who has created a remarkable legacy that will live on in popular culture for generations to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250798145
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/23/2021
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 157,917
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

LISA ROGAK is the author of numerous books, including Rachel Maddow: A Biography, And Nothing But the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert, and the New York Times bestseller Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart. She is the editor of the New York Times bestseller Barack Obama in His Own Words. Rogak lives in New Hampshire. Learn more on her website.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Pilot, Doctor, or Prime Minister? 7

2 Reaching for the Top 27

3 California, Here I Come 46

4 A Very Depressed Monk 60

5 Finally … Jeopardy! 69

6 Settling In 87

7 Finding Family 102

8 Behind the Scenes 116

9 Branching Out 131

10 Shifting Gears 148

11 Giving Back 164

12 Letting Go 177

Acknowledgments 197

Notes 199

Index 235

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