Best known as the host of game show Wheel of Fortune, Pat Sajak is an American TV show host and actor. He is a former news presenter, weather reporter, and DJ. He is a recipient of three Daytime Emmy Awards, the latest being a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
Pat Sajak’s early life
Patrick Leonard Sajdak was born on October 26, 1946, to mother Joyce and a Polish father. Pat went to Farragut High School and graduated in 1964 and joined Columbia College, Chicago.
In his early years, he worked as a desk clerk at Palmer House Hotel.
Pat Sajak’s TV journey moved ahead collecting a huge net worth
Pat Sajak started his career as a newsman in a local radio station WEDC during his college. In 1968, he joined the army and went to Vietnam serving as a disc jockey for Armed Forces Radio. He later worked as a DJ in various stations, one of which was WSM in Nashville.
WSM-TV then cast him as a voice-over artist where he was a news anchor and substitute weatherman for NBC’s Today Show. He later joined KNBC-TV as a full-time weatherman in Los Angeles accepting a request from the channel.
After success in radio and TV, Pat Sajak’s opportunity of a lifetime came when he was asked to host the show Wheel of Fortune. He hosted the daytime show and evening version of the show and after 1989 he just hosted the evening show.
Pat Sajak appeared on a number of shows as a substitute or regular host. He appeared on other game shows like Super Password, Password Plus, Dream House and Just Men. Sajak even hosted popular shows like Larry King Live and Live with Regis and Philbin.
Sajak appeared on shows such as Days of Our Lives, Rugrats, The King of Queens and Jeopardy!. He also appeared on ESPN Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and Highly Questionable.
With a successful career in radio and television, Pat Sajak has accumulated a huge net worth which is reported to be in an eight-digit figure.
Pat Sajak shares a singer daughter with his second wife
Pat Sajak was married to Sherrill Sajak for about eight years. They married in 1979 and got divorced in 1986. The reason behind the split was reported to be personality clash and lacked quality time for each other. Pat has no children from his first marriage.
He remarried Lesly Brown, a photographer, and former actress, in 1989. With Lesly, he as a son, Patrick Michael James Sajak, and a daughter, Maggie Marie Sajak. His daughter Maggie is a country singer and has released a few singles.
Is Pete Sajak Leaving Wheel of Fortune?
Although Pat has signed to be the host of Wheel of Fortune up until 2022, we still can’t expect him to be spinning the wheel for the next 40 years.
Even if he has a favorable position on the show, he also understands that he can’t keep doing that forever. “What I’m really sensitive about is… I’d rather leave a couple of years too early than a couple of years too late,” he said. So, there is really no saying on when the 73 years old Pat will be bidding goodbye to the set of Wheel of Fortune.
On January 8, 2020, Pat’s 25 years old daughter, Maggie Sajak filled in as a special guest on the show. Maggie returned to the show 24 years after her first appearance as a 1-year-old. Maggie reassured that her dad’s absence was not because of a relapse but due to a taping technicality.
The 73 years old Pat recently took to Twitter to praise the host of the 77th Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais. While the comedian’s monologue sparked some controversy, Pat for one enjoyed it to the fullest.
I’m sick of hearing how we celebrities are in some kind of bubble and we don’t understand real life. When I’m out in public and people approach me, I’m always interested in what they have to say to my security detail.
— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) 9 January 2020