Alex Trebek Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Alex Trebek, longtime host of the game show "Jeopardy!"

Personal:
Birth date:
July 22, 1940
Birth place: Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Birth name: George Alexander Trebek (some sources say Giorgi Suka-Alex Trebek)
    Father: George Edward Trebek
    Mother: Lucille (Lagace) Trebek
    Marriages: Jean (Currivan) Trebek (1990-present), Elaine (Callei) Trebek (1974-1981, divorced)
    Children: with Jean Trebek: Emily and Matthew
    College: University of Ottawa, B.A. 1961
    Facts:
    Has hosted more than 7,000 episodes of "Jeopardy!"
    Has won five Daytime Emmy Awards. He has also received one Peabody Award.
    While reciting clues from musical categories such as "It's a Rap," Trebek has been known to spit rap lyrics.
    Has toured with the USO 13 times.
    Has made guest appearances on numerous shows, including "How I Met Your Mother," "The X-Files" and "Beverly Hills, 90210."
    His favorite animal is the musk ox.
    Timeline:
    1961 -
    Joins Canadian Broadcasting Company as a newscaster.
    1966-1973 - Game show host for Canada's "Reach for the Top."
    1973 - Becomes host of "The Wizard of Odds" on NBC, produced by Alan Thicke.
    1984 - Is hired as the host of "Jeopardy!"
    1989 - Wins his first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for "Jeopardy!"
    1987-1991 - Hosts "Classic Concentration."
    1989-2013 - Hosts the National Geographic Bee.
    1990 - Wins the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for his role on "Jeopardy!"
    1998 - Becomes a naturalized US citizen.
    1999 - Receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    2001 - Trebek shaves off his signature mustache.
    2003 - Wins the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for his role on "Jeopardy!"
    2006 - Wins the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for his role on "Jeopardy!"
    December 2007 - Is hospitalized after having a mild heart attack.
    2008 - Wins the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for his role on "Jeopardy!"
    2011 - Trebek receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
    June 19, 2011 - Receives the Daytime Emmy Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award for his 27 years as host of "Jeopardy!"
    July 27, 2011 - Tears his Achilles tendon chasing after a burglar who had broken into in his hotel room in San Francisco.
    2012 - Trebek and "Jeopardy!" receive a Peabody Award for "encouraging, celebrating and rewarding knowledge."
    June 23, 2012 - He is admitted to Cedars-Sinai following a mild heart attack.
    2013 - Trebek is inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.
    June 13, 2014 - With his 6,829th appearance as the host of "Jeopardy!," Trebek breaks the Guinness World Record for hosting a game show.
    September 2014 - After a 13-year hiatus, the Trebek mustache makes a triumphant return. "In 2001, I shaved my mustache on a whim," Trebek tells People magazine. "This year I had a two-and-a-half-month period where we were not taping a show, so I grew it back on another whim. I like to keep my life simple."