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Pat Sajak

Pat Sajak is an American television personality who is an actor, producer, and television and radio host. Pat Sajak is best known for hosting the game show “Wheel of Fortune”. He broke the world record for hosting the same game show for the longest years. The game show ran for 38 years and 198 days. He is also a former weatherman for NBC and hosts talk shows.

Early Life

Pat Sajak was born on 26th October 1946, in Chicago, Illinois, America. Currently, he is 75 years old. His birth name is Patrick Leonard Sajdak. He was the son of Anthony Sajdak (father) and Joyce Helen (mother). His family’s economic condition was very weak. His father was a factory worker. When his father died. His mother was very young at that time. After his father died, his mother married another man named Walter Backal (stepfather). Sajak has a brother named David and a half-brother named William. He grew up with various difficulties and lacks.

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Caption: Pat Sajak’s early life (Source: Famous People)


Talking about Sajak’s education, he attended Farragut School. He graduated at the age of 18 in 1964. For further education, he went to Columbia College, in Chicago.

Pat Sajak  – Net Worth 2023

Pat Sajak has worked in the media field for a long period. Besides that, he has earned a huge amount of money in his career. Talking about his net worth is estimated at around $65 million and his annual salary is about $15 million which he earned from hosting several TV shows and movies.

Career and Professional Life

Pat Sajak started his career working as a desk clerk at the Palmer House Hotel. From an early age, he was very determined to earn money. Moreover, he works as a host of the show, “An Officer and a Movie”. He works as a newsman. As a newsman, he works midnight at 6:00 a.m. on the local radio station WEDC. He joined the United States Army as a disc jockey in 1968, before coming to the media industry. After that, he was sent to Vietnam and worked at American Forces Vietnam Network during the Vietnam War. He hosted radio shows like, ‘Dawn Buster’ and ‘Good Morning’ for 14 months.

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Caption: Pata Sajak and Alex Trebek (Source: Showbiz Cheat Sheet)

During the early 1970s, his popularity started increasing as a DJ. He was also offered a voice cover job for NBC’s ‘Today’s Show’. In the late 1970s, he worked as a weatherman for ‘KNBC-TV‘. After working as a weatherman for several years, in 1981 he offered to host the game show of their channel. Many people did not accept the decision within the network, but many others supported the decision move. He had hosted two game shows ‘Press Your Luck’ and ‘Puzzlers’ before him hosting ‘Wheel of Fortune’. He hosted the game show for six years. Earlier he used to host both daytime and evening versions of the game show. But later he only hosts the prime-time version. After some time, he started hosting other programs which included a late-night talk show for ‘CBS’ and ‘Larry King’s Life’ show that were on air for a short time.

He appeared as a newscaster in a comedy film (‘Airplane II: The Sequel’ in 1982 and he also desired to appear in various fictional shows. He has written articles for the website where he questions whether public employees be allowed to vote for the issues and problems that directly concern them. After having experience as a host for many years, in 2007 he made his puzzle game ‘Lucky Letters’. He appeared in Dan le Batard with two shows called ‘The Dan le Batard Show with Stugotz’ and ‘Highly Questionable’ radio programs. He is currently working as a director of the ‘Eagle Publishing House’ which is a conservative institution. Moreover, he is also the vice-chairman of ‘The Board of Trustees at Hillsdale College, Michigan. He is one of the investors in the ‘Golden Baseball League’. He loves and confessed to being a baseball freak for his earlier childhood days.

Awards and Nominations

In his professional career, he has won numerous awards and has been nominated for his works. He was awarded by People’s Choice Award for Favorite Game Show Host in 1987. Emmy Awarded him for Outstanding Game Show Host in 1983. There are many more awards and nominations that he has received in his career.

Relationship Status

Talking about Pat’s personal life, he has married twice in his life. His first wife was Sherrill Sajak. They married in 1979 but after spending 7 years in marital relations, they divorced. Currently, he has married his second wife. Besides that, his second wife Lesly Brown Sajak is also a photographer. Moreover, the couple married on 31st December 1989.

By marriage, they have two children. He has a son named Patrick Michael James Sajak, born in 1990, and a daughter named Maggie Marie Sajak, born in 1995. Currently, the couple lives in Severna Park, Maryland and they have a second home in Los Angeles, California. Besides that, he underwent emergency intestinal surgery on 8th November 2019.

To this day he hasn’t been part of either controversy or has any rumors. Moreover, he is focusing on his professional career.

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Caption: Pat Sajak and family (Source: Legit)

Body Measurements

Spending more than 3 decades in the media field. He is working hard even though he is old. Talking about his body measurement, he is 5 feet 10 inches and weighs around 80 kg. Other than that, there is no information about other body measurements.

Pat Sajak – Social Media

Pat Sajak usually posts photos and pictures on his Twitter account. On his Twitter account, there are about 311.5k followers.