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Also Known As: Patrick Leonard Sajdak Died:
Born: October 26, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: game show host, talk show host

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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...

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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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) Buffalo Anchorman
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 Vanna White: Game Show Goddess (1999) Interviewee
7.
 Intimate Portrait: Vanna White (1998) Interviewee
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Won a contest to guest deejay on WLS Radio's "Dick Biondi Show"
1968:
Enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to Vietnam; he worked as a disk jockey for Armed Forces Radio
1977:
Worked as a weatherman for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, CA
1981:
Began hosting the daytime version of the Merv Griffin-created game show "Wheel of Fortune" (NBC)
1982:
Made a cameo as an anchorman in the comedy feature "Airplane II: The Sequel"
1983:
Began hosting the syndicated version of "Wheel of Fortune"
1987:
Won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Game Show Host
1989:
Hosted the short-lived late night talk show "The Pat Sajak Show"
1991:
Returned to regularly hosting the syndicated "Wheel of Fortune"
1994:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2003:
Hosted "Pat Sajak Weekend" on Fox News Channel
2011:
Received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards
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Education

Columbia College Chicago: Chicago , Illinois -

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wife:
Sherrill Sajak. Married c. 1979; divorced in 1986.
wife:
Lesly Brown. Photographer, former model. Born c. 1965 in Maryland, graduated with degree in television from University of Maryland in 1986; married on December 31, 1989 in Annapolis Maryland.

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son:
Patrick Sajak. Born c. 1991; mother, Lesly Sajak.
daughter:
Maggie Marie Sajak. Born January 5, 1995; mother, Lesly Sajak.

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