Alex Trebek Once Appeared on ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’

Alex Trebek is one of the most cherished celebrities in the world. Trebek is most notably known for his 36-year-long run as the host of the game show Jeopardy! But he has many other accomplishments in the entertainment industry, both as a host and an actor.

The inspirational Trebek is still going strong as the host of Jeopardy! as well as making appearances in various television shows and movies. One of these cameos was in the classic 1990s  television show, Beverly Hills, 90210

Who is Alex Trebek? 

Alex Trebek
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Trebek has been the host of Jeopardy! since the game show’s revival in 1984. The show pits some of the greatest minds in America against one another in trivia-based competition with the chance to prove their superior intellect and win glory and a lot of cash.

Trebek was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and according to Newsweek, the host has been exceptionally strong in the face of his circumstances.

The Canadian-born Trebek is mainly thought of as an amazing host, both of Jeopardy! and other game shows, but he has also made appearances in a variety of television shows.

Granted most of the appearances were as game show hosts, but if you can get the best why wouldn’t you? The shows Trebek has made appearances on some of the most respected and beloved pieces of television of all-time including, The Simpsons, Cheers, The X-Files, and The Magic School Bus.

Another wildly popular show of the 1990s that Trebek made an appearance on is Beverly Hills, 90210. 

What is ‘Beverly Hills, 90210?’ 

“This beloved drama follows the lives of a middle-class Minnesota family that moves to the glamorous Sunshine State and is credited for creating the teen soap opera genre.” 

“What is Beverly Hills, 90210?”

That’s how the popular television program might be asked and answered if it was a question on Trebek’s Jeopardy! 

Set among the stars and glitz and glamour of the high-class California suburb, Beverly Hills, 90210 ran for 10 seasons and was one of the most popular shows of the 1990s. The show focuses on the Walsh family, and the adjustments that twin siblings Brandon (Jason Priestley) and Brenda (Shannon Doherty) must make to adapt to a new high school in the wealthy Beverly Hills neighborhood.

In the program’s decade long run, the show touched on societal issues such as sex, drugs, racism, homophobia, and a number of other issues important to its audience of teens and college-age people.

The show was spun off into the also popular show Melrose Place, and helped launch the careers of a number of notable ’90s celebrities. Some of these celebs include Luke Perry, Tori Spelling, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Brian Austin Green, Ian Ziering, Jennie Garth, as well as Priestly and Doherty.

While these actors may not have had sustained staying power, they were massively popular during and just after Beverly Hills, 90210, and Melrose Place were on the air. 

Trebek’s cameo on ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ 


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Trebek has made classic cameos on a variety of shows, and one the most memorable is his appearance in Beverly Hills, 90210. 

In the episode “Double Jeopardy,” Brandon, Clare Arnold (Kathleen Robertson) have bad dreams involving Trebek, while the two and Andrea Zuckerman (Gabrielle Carteris) prepare to compete for a spot on the show’s tournament for college funds.

Trebek, sporting a very handsome beard, appears in the dream and hosts a Brandon-centric game. Brandon, who wishes to compete in the tournament, is embarrassed in his dream when it is revealed he only has a 3.2 GPA, and is shown in a ridiculous clown outfit.

In Clare’s version of the Jeopardy! dream, she fantasizes that she wins a fully-functional model of Brandon, who she has a deep crush on throughout the show.