Alex Trebek Proved His Acting Chops in an Episode of the 1970s Crime Drama ‘Vegas’

Alex Trebek will always be remembered for hosting one of the longest, most popular game shows ever, Jeopardy !. He brought the warm personality and fun of a father (or two) that was needed to every program of the competition in the style of Trivial Pursuit. For 37 seasons, Trebek kept the show appealing, but, in his spare time, he also boasted some cameo shows on classic sitcoms like The Golden Girls and Cheers. However, when it came to acting, the man proved himself before he was ever his host Jeopardy !.

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Alex Trebek de ‘Jeopardy!’ | Amanda Edwards / Stringer

Alex Trebek appeared in a 1978 program ‘Vegas’

Trebek became his host Jeopardy! in 1984 when the trivia show was revived. He replaced former guest Art Fleming, who directed the show from 1964 to 1975, and again from 1978 to 1979. While Fleming was completing his run Jeopardy !, Trebek was taking his picture at showbiz via prime-time television.

Why Alex Trebek continued to host ‘Jeopardy!’ and other exhibitions

According to his book, The answer is… and previously cited by Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Trebek valued the work-life balance that came with an elegant salary as a guest. Speaking about an acting role he didn’t get earlier in his career, Trebek said:

“I didn’t get it, but she was praising. However, as I began to seriously consider making a career change, I started talking to many of my actor friends, and learned what their schedules were. ”

Trebek realized that many of his friends worked a lot more than he did while taking home less money. He quickly had a change of heart, and decided to stick to his receptions.

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