|Pat Sajak Quick Info
|5 ft 10 in
|Date of Birth
|October 26, 1946
Pat Sajak is an American game show host who has cemented his place in the television history as one of the favorite hosts of the game show Wheels of Fortune. He began his career as a weatherman and had dabbled in other game show pilots before Wheels of Fortune came along. For decades, Pat and his co-host Vanna White have entertained audiences with their camaraderie on screen. He began hosting the show in 1981.
Patrick Leonard Sajdak
Chicago, Illinois, United States
- Severna Park, Maryland, United States
- Los Angeles, California, United States
Pat studied at Goethe Elementary School as well as Gary Elementary School in Chicago. He also attended the Farragut High School and graduated in 1964. He later went on to attend Columbia College Chicago.
Television Personality, Game Show Host, Actor
- Father – Leonard Anthony Sajdak (Factory Worker)
- Mother – Joyce Helen (née Brandecka)
- Siblings – David Sajdak (Brother)
- Others – Walter Backal (Step-Father), William Backal (Half-Brother)
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
80 kg or 176.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Pat Sajak has dated –
- Sherrill Sajak (1978-1986) – Pat and his first wife, Sherrill met in 1978 and got married in 1979. They had a short-lived marriage as they filed for divorce in 1986 after 7 years together.
- Lesly Brown (1988-Present) – Pat married photographer Lesly Brown on December 31, 1989, after dating for a year since 1988. Together, they are parents to 2 children – a boy named Patrick Michael James Sajak (b. September 22, 1990) and a girl named Maggie Marie Sajak (b. January 5, 1995).
Race / Ethnicity
He has Polish ancestry from all his grandparents’ sides.
However, due to his advancing age, his hair has turned gray.
Pat Sajak has done endorsement work for the following brands –
- Got Your 6
- Great American Deals
He is a member of the Churches of Christ.
Best Known For
His long-standing association with the game show Wheel of Fortune as a host
In 1982, he made his theatrical film debut as Buffalo Anchorman in the comedy, sci-fi movie Airplane II: The Sequel.
First TV Show
Pat made his first TV show appearance in 1974 on The NewsCenter.
Pat Sajak Favorite Things
- Ice Hockey Team – Los Angeles Kings
- Food – White Castle hamburgers
Pat Sajak Facts
- During the Vietnam War, Sajak joined the US military as a disc jockey for the American Forces Vietnam Network. He succeeded Adrian Cronauer as the host of the Dawn Buster radio show and for 14 months, he followed his tradition of singing “Good Morning Vietnam!”.
- He began his career as a weatherman at WSM-TV Nashville and went on to work at KNBC Los Angeles. The latter provided him with the exposure to land a spot on Wheel of Fortune.
- He is also an accomplished helicopter pilot.
- Sajak has a Sesame Street muppet named after him. Created in his likeness, Pat Playjacks is known as the nicest game show host on the show.
- He was credited as the co-composer of the thrash metal band, Slayer in the 2001 issue of the U.S. pop music magazine Spin.
- He is an avid fan of ice hockey.
- On June 19, 2011, Pat was awarded the Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award.
- He is famously known as the 2nd full-time host of Wheel of Fortune after Chuck Woolery.
- He was mentored by television host Merv Griffin.
- Pat has mentioned that if he weren’t hosting Wheel of Fortune, he would either be a DJ or a weatherman (which was his first job).
- In the 1980s, comedian Martin Short played a fictional character Ed Grimley, who was a hyperactive manchild and his object of obsession was Sajak.
- He is the owner of the Maryland-based AM radio station WNAV in Annapolis since 1998.
- He celebrated the 5,000th taping of his show Wheel of Fortune, along with co-host Vanna White, on February 27, 2009.
- During an interview, Pat revealed that he and co-host Vanna White used to get drunk before shooting the show. As they would have time to kill before the taping, the two would head to a nearby Mexican restaurant, Los Arcos, and would have, on an average 4 margaritas before heading back to the studio.
- In June 2023, Pat revealed that he had decided to retire as the host of Wheel of Fortune after 41 seasons.
- Visit his official website @ patsajak.com.
- Follow him on Twitter.
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