Pat Sajak

Game show host, Talk show host
Pat Sajak, the widely recognized and beloved host of the popular game show "Wheel of Fortune," began his career in entertainment when he won a contest as a teenager to be a guest teen deejay on a radio show in 1965 ... Read more »
Born: 10/26/1946 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

Wheel of Fortune 1974 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Battle for Late Night 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Commish 1992 - 1993, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Great American History Quiz: 50 States 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The King of Queens 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Vanna White: Game Show Goddess 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Plugged In: A Parents' Guide to TV 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Most Unlikely Heroes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

This Is Your Life 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Santa Barbara 1983 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Variety Reviews '92 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

American Bandstand 40th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pat Sajak Show 1988 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Paar Is Alive and Well! 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

98th Tournament of Roses Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 97th Tournament of Roses Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Airplane II: the Sequel 1982 (Movie)

Buffalo Anchorman (Actor)

Biography

Pat Sajak, the widely recognized and beloved host of the popular game show "Wheel of Fortune," began his career in entertainment when he won a contest as a teenager to be a guest teen deejay on a radio show in 1965. Sajak then became a newscaster for a small local radio station while he was attending Columbia College in Chicago. He joined the army in 1968 after dropping out of college and was stationed in Vietnam, where he was a morning show host for Armed Forces Radio. Upon returning to the United States, Sajak began working as a desk clerk at a hotel in Washington, but left to join a small radio station in Murray, Ky. Unhappy with this position, he left after a year for Nashville, Tennessee, where he began working for WSM-TV in a variety of roles. In 1977, after gaining the attention of a talent scout, Sajak joined KNBC-TV in Los Angeles as a weather forecaster and the host of a weekend talk show. Producer Merv Griffin took notice of Sajak's charisma, and in 1981, asked him to host "Wheel of Fortune," then a daytime television game show that moved to its regular nighttime slot in 1983. Not content to rest on his laurels, Sajak has also made many guest appearances on other shows, including "Days of Our Lives" and "The Larry Sanders Show."

Relationships

Son
born c. 1967 mother Sherrill Sajak adopted by Sajak

Lesly Brown

Wife
born c. 1965 in Maryland, graduated with degree in television from University of Maryland in 1986 married on December 31, 1989 in Annapolis Maryland

Maggie Sajak

Daughter
born January 5, 1995 mother, Lesly Sajak

Sherrill Sajak

Wife
married c. 1979 divorced in 1986

Patrick Sajak

Son
born c. 1991 mother, Lesly Sajak

EDUCATION

Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Milestones

2011

Received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards

2003

Hosted "Pat Sajak Weekend" on Fox News Channel

1994

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1991

Returned to regularly hosting the syndicated "Wheel of Fortune"

1989

Hosted the short-lived late night talk show "The Pat Sajak Show"

1987

Won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Game Show Host

1983

Began hosting the syndicated version of "Wheel of Fortune"

1982

Made a cameo as an anchorman in the comedy feature "Airplane II: The Sequel"

1981

Began hosting the daytime version of the Merv Griffin-created game show "Wheel of Fortune" (NBC)

1977

Worked as a weatherman for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, CA

1968

Enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to Vietnam; he worked as a disk jockey for Armed Forces Radio

Won a contest to guest deejay on WLS Radio's "Dick Biondi Show"

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