Alex Trebek has been the host of JEOPARDY! since the syndicated debut of America’s Favorite Quiz Show® in 1984. He has become one of television’s most enduring and iconic figures, engaging millions of viewers worldwide with his impeccable delivery of “answers and questions.”
He is one of the few celebrities to have been honored with a coveted star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Canadian Walk of Fame. In 2017, Alex was named an officer of the Order of Canada, his native country’s second-highest civilian honor.
Alex Trebek Quotes
If you can’t be in awe of Mother Nature, there’s something wrong with you.
It’s very important in life to know when to shut up. You should not be afraid of silence.
Don’t tell me what you believe in. I’ll observe how you behave and I will make my own determination.
I think what makes ‘Jeopardy!’ special is that, among all the quiz and game shows out there, ours tends to encourage learning.
Take your job seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously.
My life has been a quest for knowledge and understanding, and I am nowhere near having achieved that. And it doesn’t bother me in the least. I will die without having come up with the answers to many things in life.
Don’t minimize the importance of luck in determining life’s course.
I’m curious about everything. Even subjects that don’t interest me.
I don’t spend any time whatsoever thinking about what might have been.
My life is what it is, and I can’t change it. I can change the future, but I can’t do anything about the past.
When I finish as the host of ‘Jeopardy!’ I’m going to go up to Taft in central California. They have a small college there that teaches you about oil drilling.
My job is to provide the atmosphere and assistance to the contestants to get them to perform at their very best. And if I’m successful doing that, I will be perceived as a nice guy, and the audience will think of me as being a bit of a star.
Learning something new is fun.
My musical development stopped when Frank Sinatra died.
When you’re in your 30s and actively pursuing a career and a home life, a wife and children, you’re busy doing as opposed to busy thinking. As you get older, even as you don’t have as much time, I think you tend to think more and reflect more on what is happening in your own life.
My heart seems to heal, so that speaks well for my future.
Originally, I think, I wanted to be an actor. But I got into broadcasting by accident, if you will, because I needed money to pay for my college education. I applied for a summer announcing job at a couple of radio stations.
You should never wear a baseball cap when working in close quarters in the attic: You never see that beam above you!
The only reason I got into broadcasting was, I needed money to pay for my junior and senior years at college, and they hired me, those fools!
I would have loved to have a role in the HBO series ‘Deadwood.’ It was Shakespeare in the Old West.
We are all experts in our own little niches.
I don’t gamble, because winning a hundred dollars doesn’t give me great pleasure. But losing a hundred dollars pisses me off.
Music Hop’ in 1963 was my first hosting job of a variety program.
I have an Apple computer, which I use to play Spider Solitaire and do research on the Internet.
Sex? Unfortunately, as you get older – and I shouldn’t admit this – there are other things that become more important in your daily life.
Maybe I’ll take a little better care of myself, but I wouldn’t count on it.
People say, ‘You look to be in great shape for your age,’ and I guess I am.
I did everything – I did newscasts, I did sports, I did dramas.
I believe the ‘Jeopardy!’ test is more difficult than being a contestant on the program.
I go through these cycles where I read a lot and then watch TV a lot.