Alex Trebek’s final episodes on ‘Jeopardy!’ will air till Jan. 8, which is able to conclude with a ‘particular tribute.’ Earlier than the particular, look again at Alex’s transformation in photographs.

Followers of Jeopardy! are starting 2021 on a nostalgic observe, for the reason that sport present is airing its final episodes hosted by Alex Trebek between Jan. 4-Jan. 8. The legendary sport present host handed away at 80 years previous after a brave battle with pancreatic most cancers on Nov. 8, 2020, and taped his final episode simply 10 days earlier than his loss of life.

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Alex Trebek in his final yr on Jeopardy! (Picture Credit score: Everett Assortment)

Alex’s final episode, airing this Friday, will conclude with “a particular tribute to the life and work of the person who captained America’s Favourite Quiz Present with talent, type, and class for 36+ years,” in line with a statement from Sony Footage Tv, which produces Jeopardy! Earlier than the TV tribute, nevertheless, we additionally wish to look again at Alex’s long career in internet hosting which started within the ’60s.

Alex — who was born in Ontario and attended Canada’s College of Ottawa — acquired his begin in media and information on the  Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) in 1961, earlier than graduating from school with a philosophy diploma. “I went to high school within the mornings and labored at nights. I did every part, at one time changing each announcer in each attainable job,” Alex had stated, in line with CBC-TV publicity supplies from 1964, in line with CBC Radio Canada.

By 1963, Alex landed his first internet hosting job on a teen music/dance program known as Music Hop that aired in Canada. You may see a clip of him interviewing legendary singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot under! The gig was the beginning of a profitable trajectory in Alex’s TV and radio profession, which was adopted by different internet hosting gigs on Canadian applications like a highschool quiz present known as Attain for the High, a sport present known as Technique, and a morning drive radio present for CBC Toronto known as I’m Right here Til 9 within the years main as much as 1973.

In 1973, Alex made his large break on American tv with a hosting role on an NBC sport present known as The Wizard of Odds. Whereas the present solely lasted till 1974, Alex by no means had a tough time securing a internet hosting function afterwards, which he did on American sport exhibits like Double Dare, Excessive Rollers, and Battlestars for the rest of the late ’70s/early ’80s.

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Alex Trebek internet hosting the American sport present Double Dare, which he hosted between 1976-1977. (Picture Credit score: Everett Assortment)

Destiny got here calling in 1984: Alex was requested to host the revival of Jeopardy!, for the reason that host of the unique present, Artwork Fleming, didn’t want to return. It was an ideal match, and Alex went on to host greater than 8,000 episodes by the point he handed away in Nov. 2020. The TV icon even nonetheless reported to his job for greater than a yr after he was identified with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March of 2019.

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Alex Trebek on Jeopardy! in 1984. (Picture Credit score: The Everett Assortment)

All through his life, Alex additionally had two marriages. He married his first spouse, broadcaster Elaine Callei Trebek, in 1974 however divorced in 1981. He then tied the knot with sound healer and Reiki grasp Jean Currivan Trebek in 1990, and so they remained collectively up till Alex’s death on the finish of 2020. They welcomed two youngsters: Emily Trebek, 28, and Matthew Trebek, 31. You may see much more photographs of Alex and the extraordinary life he lived in HollywoodLife‘s gallery above.