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Pat Sajak Biography, Real Name, Age, Height and Weight

Pat Sajak is an American television personality and game show host. He is best known as the host of the American television game show Wheel of Fortune, a position he has held since 1981.

Name Pat Sajak
Profession Game Show Host, Talk show host, Actor, Radio personality, Film Producer, Television producer
Date of Birth October 26, 1946
Age 76
Birth Place Chicago
Height 1.77 m
Nationality United States of America
Wife Name Lesly Brown
Net Worth $70 Million

 

Childhood & Early Life

  • Pat Sajak was born Patrick Leonard Sajdak in Chicago, USA, on October 26, 1946. His parents, Leonard Anthony Sajak, and Joyce Helen, worked in a factory to make both the ends meet. The poor financial condition of the family affected Pat; he was determined to do something big with his life.
  • besides financial issues, he also had to undergo the pain of the separation of his parents. After the divorce, his mother got married to another man.
  • While Pat struggled with emotional issues, he finished his high school education from Farragut High School and right after his graduation, he started looking for a job. He found a job as a desk clerk at a hotel in Chicago, and at the same time, he continued his education at Columbia College, Chicago.
  • While he was in college, he got an offer to host a radio show, from midnight until 6 in the morning. The work was demanding, but he continued his studies along with the radio job. Slowly, he realised that entertaining people was something he loved.
  • He joined the US Army in 1968 and hosted a radio show ‘An Officer and a Movie.’ His stint with the army ended following a controversy when he cut off the ‘Christmas Day Broadcast’ by President Nixon, directed to the army personnel stationed in Vietnam. Although the goof-up was inadvertent, but Pat thought it better to quit.

Pat Sajak

Career

  • During the early 70s Pat worked as a DJ and when his popularity started increasing, he was offered a voiceover job at NBC’s ‘Today’s Show,’ which quickly turned into anchoring.
  • ‘KNBC-TV’ was looking for a weatherman in the late 70s and when they came across Pat. They offered him the job and he gladly accepted it.
  • In 1981, the channel was looking for a host for their game show ‘Wheel of Fortune’ and the management asked Pat to host the show. This decision was not welcomed by many within the network, but many others supported this move. Before hosting ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ Pat had hosted two game show pilots in 1980 (‘Press Your Luck’ for Ralph Edwards, and ‘Puzzlers’ for Mark Goodson). This experience helped Pat get ‘Wheel of Fortune.’
  • He started hosting the show in 1983, and for the next six years, he hosted both the daytime and the evening versions of the game. Later, he continued with the prime time, but left the daytime version. The audiences loved him for his earthy demeanour and quick wit.
  • Not much later, he started hosting a few other programmes, which included a late night talk show for ‘CBS,’ which was on air for a short time and ‘Larry King Live’ for some time. Besides these, he also hosted a few more shows, such as ‘Dream House’ and ‘Just Men.’
  • He had a small stint with the soap opera ‘Days of our Lives,’ where he appeared as Kevin Hathway, in 1983. He also made an appearance as himself in the popular kid’s cartoon show ‘Rugrats.’
  • In the 1982 comedy film ‘Airplane II: The Sequel,’ he appeared as a newscaster. In the year 2001, he made one-episode appearance on the sitcom ‘The King of Queens.’ Although he has expressed his desire to appear in more fiction shows, he has not featured in many of them.
  • He has also served as a guest writer for Ricochet.com, which deals in social political issues. In his first article for the website, he questioned whether the public employees be allowed to vote for the issues that directly concern them.
  • In 2007, Pat came out with his own puzzle game ‘Lucky Letters,’ which was just one among many similar games that Pat has designed over the years.
  • Pat has appeared along with Dan Le Batard on two radio programs: ‘The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz’ and ‘Highly Questionable.’
  • As for his current position, he is serving as a director of the ‘Eagle Publishing House,’ which happens to be a conservative institution. Apart from that, he is one of the members of ‘Board of Trustees at the Hillsdale College, Michigan,’ and serves as the vice chairman. He has also served the ‘Claremont Institute’ on their board of directors.
  • Pat has been a self-confessed baseball freak since his childhood days and he has carried on with his love for the game throughout his life. In 2005, he became one of the investors in the ‘Golden Baseball League.’

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Family

He married Lesly Brown in 1989, and the couple had a daughter named Maggie and a son named Patrick. He was previously married to a woman named Sherrill.

  • David Sajdak — Brother
  • Maggie Marie Sajak — Daughter
  • Sherrill — Ex-wife
  • William Backal — Half Brother
  • Joyce Backal — Mother
  • Patrick Michael James Sajak — Son
  • Walter Backal — Stepfather
  • Mason — Stepson
  • Lesly Brown — Wife

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Health

Sajak underwent emergency intestinal surgery to remove a blockage on November 8, 2019. While Sajak recovered, co-host Vanna White hosted in his place. The first taping day in which he was incapacitated was a Disney-themed Christmas episode week.

Net Worth

Pat Sajak net worth is estimated at $70 Million.

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