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Overview (3)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NamePatrick Leonard Sajdak
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Pat Sajak was born on October 26, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Patrick Leonard Sajdak. He is an actor and producer, known for Wheel of Fortune (1983), Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) and The A-Team (1983). He has been married to Lesly Brown since December 31, 1989. They have two children. He was previously married to Sherrill.

Spouse (2)

Lesly Brown (31 December 1989 - present) ( 2 children)
Sherrill (1979 - 1986) ( divorced)

Trivia (20)

Sajak got his start as a weatherman at WSM-TV Nashville before moving to KNBC Los Angeles where he got the exposure that landed him a spot on Wheel of Fortune (1975).
Was a disc jockey on the armed forces radio while he served in Vietnam.
Roommate of Joe Moore when they served in Vietnam.
Did a rendition of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple on stage in Hawaii with Joe Moore.
Father of two children. Son, Patrick Michael James Sajak, was born Saturday, 22 September 1990. Daughter, Maggie Sajak, was born Thursday, 5 January 1995.
Hosted a few game show pilots before landing the Wheel of Fortune (1975) hosting job in 1981. He also hosted one other game show, "College Bowl", in 1984.
Has a Sesame Street Muppet made in his likeness named Pat Playjacks, known on Sesame Street (1969) as the nicest game show host.
Listed in 2001 issue of U.S. pop music magazine "Spin" as a co-composer for group Slayer.
A huge hockey fan and his favorite team is the L.A. Kings.
Accomplished helicopter pilot.
Pat, along with co-host Vanna White, aired their 5,000th taping of Wheel of Fortune (1983) on Saturday, February 28th, 2009.
Received an Emmy lifetime achievement award on June 19, 2011.
Wheel of Fortune (1975)'s second full-time host after Chuck Woolery. Succeeded by retired football kicker, Rolf Benirschke, then Entertainment Tonight's Bob Goen,.
When a contestant on Wheel of Fortune (1975) solved a puzzle on Marla Gibbs, she made a guest appearance.
Comedian Martin Short who played Ed Grimley, was totally obsessed with him.
Is a Republican.
He is the son of Joyce Helen (Brandecki) and Leonard Anthony Sajdak. All of his grandparents were Polish.
Best known by the public as the second host of Wheel of Fortune (1975).
His mentor was Merv Griffin.
If he wasn't hosting Wheel of Fortune, he has said that he would either be a DJ or weatherman (that was his first job).

Personal Quotes (8)

I honestly didn't think the show was going to last much longer when I started in 1981. I thought a year would be lucky, 13 weeks more likely before it was back to forecasting the weather.
Working with Merv (Griffin) can be quite the experience. I remember once going out to lunch and the waiter asked, "May I take your order?" Merv then pulls out his notebook and says, "Great idea!" He writes what the waiter said down and turns to me saying, "This will be a great puzzle for the show." He is one of the brightest and smartest men I have ever met.
[on the death of Dan Miller]: Dan was an extraordinarily caring and talented man. I will miss him every day for the rest of my life.
It's a stressful place to live. It's nice to leave L.A. for a few months and live somewhere more down to earth and easy going. It's also close to my wife's side of the family, and that's important to her.
Being a conservative in Hollywood is like walking into a shooting range with a bullseye attached to your body. There are more of us than you would believe, but if you want to keep working, you feel like you have to keep quiet.
[on relaxing with margaritas between tapings of 'Wheel of Fortune'] Vanna and I would have two or three or six and then have trouble recognizing the alphabet.
[on the death of Richard Dawson]: He was able to inject his unique brand of humor into shows like Family Feud (1976). He could be funny and biting, mischievous and playful, but he always respected the game and treated his players with kindness.
When a politician begins a sentence with 'What the Anerican people want...' It's time to change the channel.

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