Remembering 'Jeopardy!' legend Alex Trebek, who was born 81 years ago on this day

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NEW YORK -- There's nary question: Alex Trebek is dearly missed by each his fans.

Eight months aft his decease and six months aft his last "Jeopardy!" occurrence aired, the legendary crippled amusement big is being remembered and celebrated connected what would person been his 81st birthday.

Trebek was calved connected July 22, 1940. He died successful November 2020 aft his unfastened and nationalist conflict with signifier 4 pancreatic cancer.

For astir 4 decades, with benignant and a consciousness of humor, helium was the antheral with each the answers who asked for questions and earned a spot successful the Guinness Book of World Records for the astir crippled amusement episodes hosted by the aforesaid person.

He was a maestro of the format, engaging successful affable banter with contestants and appearing genuinely pleased erstwhile they answered correctly. He was besides capable to determination the crippled on successful a brisk no-nonsense manner whenever radical struggled for answers.

He has won 7 Daytime Emmys for his enactment connected the amusement and received a beingness accomplishment Emmy grant successful 2011.

Trebek had served arsenic the look of the crippled amusement since its debut successful daytime syndication successful 1984. With much than 8,200 episodes nether his belt, helium holds the Guinness World Record for Most Game Show Episodes Hosted by the Same Presenter.

"I'm similar the energizer bunny," helium said successful 2014. "Thump, thump thump."

WATCH: 'Jeopardy!' big Alex Trebek gets affectional implicit contestant's answer

The lone clip idiosyncratic different than Trebek has hosted an occurrence of this iteration of "Jeopardy" was erstwhile Trebek and "Wheel of Fortune" big Pat Sajak swapped shows for an April Fool's prank, according to the Associated Press.

The crippled amusement big celebrated 36 years with "America's favourite quiz show" successful September and released his memoir, "The Answer Is ...: Reflections connected My Life," successful July.

In March of 2019, Trebek had announced his diagnosis successful a video connection released connected "Jeopardy" societal media accounts.

"Normally the prognosis for this is not precise encouraging, but I'm going to combat this and I'm going to support working," helium said. "I program to bushed the debased endurance complaint statistic for this disease."

VIDEO: Trebek talks 'Jeopardy' successful 2007 interview

The last occurrence Trebek taped earlier his passing aired connected Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. It had nary last farewell, and nary past remarks oregon peculiar goodbye from the big who did not cognize helium would dice little than 2 weeks aft signaling his last episode.

Trebek signed disconnected by saying, "Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for spending the clip with us. We'll spot you again adjacent week."

The amusement has not yet named Trebek's imperishable replacement. A bid of interim impermanent hosts, including ABC News anchors George Stephanopoulo and Robin Roberts, histrion LeVar Burton and the show's "Greatest of All Time" Ken Jennings, among others, are emceeing the programme successful his absence.

The video successful the media subordinate supra was utilized successful a erstwhile report.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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