Alex Trebek Proved His Generosity in the Most Uplifting Way

At 79 years of age, Alex Trebek is one of the most well-known faces on television. This six-time Daytime Emmy award winner has been the game show host of Jeopardy! since 1984. A native of Ontario, Canada,

Trebek has been living in the Los Angeles area since the early 1970s. Raising his family in the Hollywood Hills, he seemed it only fitting to give back to the community. So, he did, in the most generous of ways.

Alex Trebek’s career on ‘Jeopardy!’

Alex Trebek speaks onstage
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Trebek got his big break when Alan Thicke, of Growing Pains fame, asked him to get involved with a new show, Wizard of Odds. This launched Trebek’s career, and he went on to host game shows, such as Double Dare, The New High Rollers, To Tell the Truth, and Classic Concentration.

In 1984, Trebek became the host and producer of Jeopardy!. The show was a huge success, and 35 years later it is still going strong. In 2011, Trebek received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In April of 2019, contestant James Holzhauer went on a 32-game winning streak that pushed ratings to a record 13.28 million daily viewers. Trebek has hosted close to 8,000 episodes of Jeopardy! and holds the Guinness World Record for most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter.

Trebek currently earns an annual salary of $10 million, with an estimated net worth of $50 million. His current contract with Jeopardy expires in 2022. Trebek recently told TMZ the chance of him staying on the show after that is “50/50.” It seems Trebek is planning a grand finale tournament as he nears retirement.

In January of 2020, the three biggest winners in Jeopardy! history will face off against each other for a million-dollar prize.

Trebek’s health crisis

In March of 2019, Trebek revealed to the world that he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Since that time, he has been very open about his diagnosis, receiving a huge outpouring of love and support from his longtime fans.

In a recent interview, Trebek told CTV News that he wasn’t afraid of dying, stating, “I have lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid [of] that?”

What is Trebek Open Space?

Trebek wanted to help preserve the Santa Monica Mountain Range. In 1998, he purchased a parcel of land for $2 million and donated it to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

The land, now known as Trebek Open Space, allows animals, such as deer and coyote, to move freely between the major LA freeways. Numerous fire roads make great trails for hikers and cyclists. Located north of Hollywood Boulevard, the land is adjacent to Runyon Canyon Park. 

The City of Los Angeles is divided by this mountain range, with the LA basin to the south and San Fernando Valley to the north. Griffith Park and the Hollywood sign are located in this region.

Now protected by the city, the area surrounding the sign was in jeopardy of being lost to housing developers. In 2010, the “Save the Peak” non-profit organization raised $12 million to save the land with donations from Hollywood heavy-hitters Hugh Hefner, Steven Spielberg, and many more.

The land is now controlled by The Trust for Public Land, and the 138 acres of conserved space became part of Griffith Park. 

Trebek Open Space consists of 62 acres of wide-open space for outdoor enthusiasts and equestrians to enjoy. Managed by The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, this land will remain preserved for future generations to enjoy. A generous gift, indeed.