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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. He is a producer and actor, 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.

Family (2)

Spouse Lesly Brown (31 December 1989 - present)  (2 children)
Sherrill (1979 - 1986)  (divorced)
Children Maggie Sajak

Trivia (23)

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.
Roommates with Joe Moore when they served in Vietnam.
Did a rendition of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple on stage in Hawaii with Joe Moore.
Has two children: Patrick Michael James Sajak (born 22 September 1990, as Patrick Leonard Michael James Sajdak Jr.) and Maggie Sajak (born 5 January 1995).
Hosted a few game show pilots before landing the Wheel of Fortune (1975) hosting job (1981). He also hosted one other game show, "College Bowl" (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 the 2001 issue of the U.S. pop music magazine "Spin" as a co-composer for the thrash metal group Slayer.
A huge fan of hockey and his favorite team is the Los Angeles Kings.
Accomplished helicopter pilot.
Along with co-host Vanna White, Pat aired their 5,000th taping of Wheel of Fortune (1983) on February 28, 2009.
Received an Emmy Award for lifetime achievement on June 19, 2011.
The second full-time host of Wheel of Fortune (1975) after Chuck Woolery. Succeeded by retired football kicker Rolf Benirschke, then Entertainment Tonight host 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.
Parents are 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 was not hosting Wheel of Fortune (1975), he has said that he would either be a DJ or weatherman (that was his first job).
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6200 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 10, 1994.
Since hosting Wheel of Fortune in 1982 Sajak has only given up his hosting duties twice the first time in 1997 when he and Alex Trebek switched places as an April Fools Day joke (though he and Vanna White competed as celebrity contestants and Pat hosted that night's Jeopardy episode) and again in 2019 when Sajak underwent emergency surgery and was temporarily replaced by Vanna for three weeks.
Despite their different political leanings, he is good friends with Dan Le Batard and has appeared on both his TV show and radio program.

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 (1975)]: 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 American people want..." It's time to change the channel.

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