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Fast Facts

  • Once worked as a hotel desk clerk.
  • Began career as an English-language announcer for a Spanish-language radio station in Chicago.
  • Served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a DJ for Armed Forces Radio from 1968 to 1972.
  • Worked as a DJ in Kentucky, then as a weatherman in Nashville and Los Angeles before being picked by Merv Griffin to host Wheel of Fortune.
  • Hosted a late-night talk show on CBS from 1989 to 1990.
  • Won Daytime Emmys for Wheel of Fortune in 1993 and 1997.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994.
  • Founded his own production company, P.A.T. Productions.
  • Hosted the short-lived Pat Sajak Weekend on Fox News in 2003.
  • Supports conservative political causes.
  • Is an avid hockey and baseball fan.


  • 1987, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Game Show Host: Winner


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


  • Attended Columbia College, Chicago, IL

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  • Birth Name: Patrick Leonard Sajdak
  • Birth Place: Chicago, IL
  • Profession: Game-show host, DJ, Weatherman

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