- 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
- David Sajdak — Brother
- Lesly Brown — Wife
- Mason — Stepson
- Patrick Michael James Sajak — Son
- Walter Backal — Stepfather
- Sherrill — Ex-wife
- William Backal — Half Brother
- Joyce Backal — Mother
- Maggie Marie Sajak — Daughter
- Attended Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois, United States