Alex Trebek was a television game show host, born in Canada and eventually became an American citizen. He is known as the longest-running host of the television game show Jeopardy!, a job that Trebek performed since the series was revived in 1984 and up to 2020. Since beginning his career in entertainment in 1964, Alex Trebek has emceed over 30 variety and game shows. He’s also parodied himself as the host of Jeopardy! in more than three dozen movies, TV series and specials.
Born on July 22, 1940 in Sudbury, Ontario, Trebek’s zodiac sign is Cancer. He passed away at the age of 80 in Los Angeles, California on November 8, 2020 from pancreatic cancer.
Trebek didn’t openly spoken about his religious views. However, his involvement with World Vision Canada may indicate that he held Christian beliefs. World Vision is a Christian charity that Trebek has been involved with for many decades.
Bear in mind that this wasn’t smoking gun evidence that Alex is a Christian.
After his death in 2020 Trebek’s remains were cremated. The urn containing his ashes is kept by Jean, his wife of 30 years, at their home. No religious denomination was given for a memorial ceremony. (1)
Alex is more expressive about his views concerning politics than religion. When asked, he’ll say that he imagines himself to be, “a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. I want to help people, but I’m not necessarily eager to pay for it.” (2)
Trebek has also described himself by saying “I’m not ultraconservative. I’m not ultraliberal either.”
He also seems to lean more left with his news consumption. Alex used to watch Fox News, but “now, for news I’ll probably watch CNN or ABC.” (1)
Many different charitable organizations and causes have benefited by Trebek’s generosity.
For many years Alex has volunteered with World Vision Canada, a Christian relief charity that works in third-world countries to assist those in poverty.
Along with his fellow Jeopardy! crew members, Alex travels as part of the USO. The Jeopardy! team visit military bases around the world, both to provide troop morale and to source potential contestants for the program.
Trebek also hosted the National Spelling Bee in America for many years. He also returns to his birth country Canada to host The Great Canadian Geography Challenge.
Trebek donated 74 acres of land worth $2 million dollars to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He’a also given $5 million dollars to the University of Ottawa to expose university students to a diverse range of different guest speakers and events.
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