Alex Trebek’s original family last name was Terebeychuk. It’s Ukrainian

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Alex Trebek was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, on July 22, 1940, the son of George Edward Trebek (né Terebeychuk), a chef who had emigrated from Ukraine as a child, and Lucille Marie Lagacé (born April 14, 1921), a Franco-Ontarian. As a game show host and television personality, he was best known for hosting the syndicated general knowledge quiz game show Jeopardy! for 37 seasons from its revival in 1984 until his death in 2020. Trebek also hosted a number of other game shows, including The Wizard of OddsDouble DareHigh RollersBattlestarsClassic Concentration, and To Tell the Truth. He also made appearances, usually as himself, in numerous films and television series. For his work on Jeopardy!, Trebek received the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host eight times. Alex Trebek made memorable appearances on TV shows and movies such as The Simpsons, SNL, The X-Files, and others:

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‘Real’ Trebek joined his most popular impersonator Will Ferrell for the latter’s final episode as a Saturday Night Live cast memeber:

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