Pat Sajak

Game Show Host

Pat Sajak was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States on October 26th, 1946 and is the Game Show Host. At the age of 76, Pat Sajak biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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Other Names / Nick Names
Patrick Leonard Sajdak, Pat Sajak
Date of Birth
October 26, 1946
Nationality
United States
Place of Birth
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Age
76 years old
Zodiac Sign
Scorpio
Networth
$70 Million
Salary
$15 Million
Profession
Radio Personality, Television Presenter
Social Media
Pat Sajak Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 76 years old, Pat Sajak has this physical status:

Height
178cm
Weight
80kg
Hair Color
Light Brown
Eye Color
Blue
Build
Average
Measurements
Not Available
Pat Sajak Religion, Education, and Hobbies
Religion
Christianity
Hobbies
Not Available
Education
Goethe Elementary School, Gary Elementary School, Farragut High School, Columbia College Chicago
Pat Sajak Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Spouse(s)
Lesly Brown
Children
2; including Maggie
Dating / Affair
Sherrill Sajak (1978-1986), Lesly Brown (1988-Present)
Parents
Leonard Anthony Sajdak, Joyce Helen
Siblings
David Sajdak (Brother)
Other Family
Walter Backal (Step-Father), William Backal (Half-Brother)
Pat Sajak Career

Sajak won a contest on WLS radio's Dick Biondi Show to be a guest teen deejay. While at Columbia College Chicago, his broadcasting instructor Al Parker told him that a local radio station (WEDC) was looking for a newsman. Sajak applied for the job and was hired to work from midnight to 6:00 am. In 1968, he joined the U.S. Army and was sent to Vietnam, where he served as a disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio. On the Military Channel's program, An Officer and a Movie, Sajak admitted to botching President Richard Nixon's 1969 Christmas broadcast to the troops; he accidentally cut the feed off prematurely. Upon realizing the error, Sajak decided it would be best not to resume the feed. In the early 1970s, he DJed for a year for a Murray, Kentucky radio station. Also in the early 1970s, Sajak began DJing at 50,000-watt WSM in Nashville; at the time, WSM was playing pop music during the day, and he was the 2:30–5:00 pm afternoon personality. The radio station's television sister, WSM-TV (now WSMV), brought Sajak on screen, first as a voiceover artist making station identifications and anchoring the five-minute newscasts during NBC's Today Show, then as a weekend and substitute weatherman, where he became acquainted with anchor Dan Miller. In 1977, KNBC-TV in Los Angeles was looking for a weather reporter and spotted Sajak working in Nashville. He accepted KNBC's request for him to be a full-time weather reporter for the station.

In 1981, Merv Griffin asked Sajak if he would be interested in taking over the duties as host on Wheel of Fortune from Chuck Woolery. However, Fred Silverman, the president and CEO of NBC, rejected his hiring, claiming Sajak was too local, and Griffin responded by imposing a moratorium on new tapings until Sajak was hired. The issue became moot when Silverman was dismissed due to repeated programming failures and replaced by Brandon Tartikoff. Sajak, who had already hosted two game show pilots in 1980, Press Your Luck for Ralph Edwards (no relation to the 1983 CBS game show of the same name) and Puzzlers for Mark Goodson, accepted the position. Sajak hosted both the daytime (NBC) and syndicated evening versions of Wheel from 1983 to 1989 and continues to host the latter version. With Sajak returning for his 36th season in 2018–19, he became the longest-running host of any game show, surpassing Bob Barker, who hosted The Price Is Right from 1972 to 2007. Sajak was officially honored as such by the Guinness World Records with the episode taped on March 28, 2019, and aired May 8, 2019 (two days before the primetime version's 7,000th episode).

Sajak had a small role as a Buffalo, New York newscaster in the 1982 comedy film Airplane II: The Sequel. When his late-night talk show on CBS premiered in January 1989, he left the daytime version of Wheel and was replaced by former San Diego Chargers place-kicker Rolf Benirschke (who was later replaced by Bob Goen when the daytime show moved to CBS in July of that year). Sajak appeared on Super Password several times from 1984 to 1989, as well as Password Plus in 1981, shortly before taking on hosting duties on Wheel. Other game shows on which he appeared as a celebrity guest were Dream House, Just Men!, and Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour.

Sajak hosted a short-lived late-night talk show on CBS from January 9, 1989, to April 13, 1990. Dan Miller, Sajak's old friend and former anchor at WSM-TV in Nashville, joined him as his sidekick. Sajak later became a frequent guest host for CNN's Larry King Live when King was unable to do the show. He became a regular substitute host for Regis Philbin on the syndicated Live with Regis and Kelly. Sajak also hosted Pat Sajak Weekend on Fox News in 2003. From at least 2002, Sajak hosted The Pat Sajak Baseball Hour, a syndicated weekly radio sports talk show that ended in 2006 due to scheduling conflicts.

Sajak is an external director of conservative publishing house Eagle Publishing. He has served on the board of directors for the Claremont Institute.

In 1983, Sajak portrayed Kevin Hathaway in the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives.

In 1993, Sajak appeared as himself on the children's cartoon show Rugrats.

In 1997, Sajak pulled an April Fool's Day prank on fans when Vanna White and he were contestants on an episode of Wheel hosted by Alex Trebek. The winnings of both Sajak and White were donated to charity (in this case, the American Cancer Society and the Boy Scouts of America). In return, Sajak hosted a regular episode of Jeopardy! in place of Trebek. Sajak also appeared at the beginning of a 2010 April Fool's episode, along with Jeff Probst and Neil Patrick Harris.

In 2001, Sajak appeared as himself in the episode "Inner Tube" on the sitcom The King of Queens.

Sajak began writing for the National Review Online in 2010. In his first post, he questioned whether public employees should be allowed to vote on issues that would benefit them directly. He also has contributed to the center-right sociopolitical / social networking website Ricochet.com.

Sajak is the author of several puzzle games, the first and best-known of them being "Lucky Letters", which debuted in 2007. The games, which Sajak developed with puzzle developer David L. Hoyt, are syndicated through Universal Uclick.

Sajak has appeared on episodes of ESPN Radio's The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, as well as Le Batard's other show, Highly Questionable.

Since 2020, Sajak has been credited as a Consulting Producer (since the start of Season 39) of Wheel of Fortune.

Since 2021, Sajak and White have hosted Prime Time Celebrity Wheel of Fortune on ABC.

In September 2021, it was announced that both Sajak and White had signed on to continue as hosts of Wheel of Fortune through the 2023–24 season. In 2021, Sajak voiced a singing bust in a Muppets Haunted Mansion television special.

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Vanna White says it is 'depressing' thinking about the end of her and Pat Sajak's Wheel Of Fortune

www.dailymail.co.uk, December 6, 2022
After 40 years on the Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White is not ready to say goodbye to the show that made her a household name. 'We've been in everybody's homes for 40 years, so it would be weird having somebody else turn my letters,' White told PEOPLE on Monday. The TV personality, who has appeared on the long-running game show since it premiered in 1975, has co-hosted the show with Pat Sajak since 1981.

Pat Sajak dubbed 'MAGA Fascist' after daring to take a grinning photo with Marjorie Taylor Greene

www.dailymail.co.uk, September 19, 2022
The undated photo, which was apparently captured earlier this month, shows the 75-year-old daytime TV stalwart flanked by the Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN) reporter Bryan Glenn. RSBN is known for promoting right-wing views, and Greene, among other things, has been criticized for similar conservative sentiments, being famously outspoken on issues relating to the second and first amendments, among other things. Sajak, meanwhile - who splits his time at his homes in Maryland and Los Angeles - is a Republican, but is decidedly more moderate, being a self-professed skeptic of climate change and serving on the board of a conservative publishing company that released works from the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Anne Coulter. Despite these divisive views, Sajak - presiding over Wheel of Fortune for more than four decades - has remained largely apolitical, focusing on his hosting duties in his waning years. However, once the aforementioned photo began circulating over the weekend, showing a grinning Sajak with Greene and the reporter at his side, a slew of triggered liberals emerged from the figurative woodwork to express their disdain toward the aging icon.

Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak talks possible retirement from iconic show

www.dailymail.co.uk, September 16, 2022
Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak has revealed his 41-year career at the helm of the iconic game show may soon be coming to an end. 'It appears I may go before the show,' Sajak, who has spun the wheel since 1981, revealed yesterday to ET Online.  'Years go by fast. We're getting near the end. It's been a long [time]. We're not gonna do this for another 40 years. The end is near,' the game show king explained. 
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