Pat Sajak

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Game Show Host • Personality

Birth Name: Patrick Leonard Sajdak

Birth Date: October 26, 1946

Age: 77 years old

Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois

Children: Maggie Sajak

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."

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Muppets Haunted MansionStream

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2021

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune from ABC

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Show
2021

Celebrity Wheel of FortuneStream

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Game Show
2021

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: Extras

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2020

American Valor: We Stand Together

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2020

Uncommon Knowledge

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2019

Macy's 90th Thanksgiving Day Parade Special

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2016

Fresh Off the BoatStream

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2015
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The American Veterans Center Honors

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2014

Sullivan & SonStream

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2012

The 85th Anniversary of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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2011

The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

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2011

The Bonnie Hunt Show

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2008

Live With Regis and Kelly

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2001

The King of QueensStream

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1998

The CommishStream

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Dr. Brian Brandon
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1991

RugratsStream

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Pat Sajak
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1991

The Pat Sajak Show

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1989

Super PasswordStream

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1984

Gimme a Break!

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1981

Entertainment Tonight

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1981

Password PlusStream

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1979

Good Morning America

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1975

Wheel of FortuneStream

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1975

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