Alex Trebek Lives His Life One Question At A Time

Since Alex Trebek began hosting Jeopardy! in 1984, family time has involved the phrase, “the answer is.” Trebek joined Jeopardy! when Merv Griffin revived the show in 1984. Since then he has become a cultural icon, known as much for his droll sense of humor as his perfectly coifed mustache. It’s comforting to know that as the world changes, one thing will always remain the same. To state our answer in the form of a question, “who is Alex Trebek?” Here are the facts, and some are stranger than fiction, including the reason he once said goodbye to his mustache for 13 years!

He Once Bought A Mountain To Build A House

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Photo Credit: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for TCM

Proving no task is too small, Alex Trebek once bought a piece of a mountain for $1.5 million just so he could build a house on top of it. Asked about the ambitious task, he remarked, “We’ll have to cut the top off of the mountain to make a pad, but that’s the kind of thing I enjoy doing.”

Before building a home on a mountain, Trebek lived in another home he built on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles. Basically, he loves hosting Jeopardy! and he loves building things. He truly is a man of simple pleasures.