Pat Sajak is one of the renowned American TV actors and weathermen. He hosted many popular American TV shows and game shows. He is also one of the richest TV celebrities in the year 2019. It is estimated that Pat Sajak’s net worth is more than other TV show hosts. Let us discuss bio, personal life, career, facts, and many other things about Pat Sajak.
Bio of Pat Sajak
Born in Chicago, Illinois, US, Pat Sajak is the son of Leonard Anthony Sajak and Joyce Helen. He belongs to Poland. He did his graduation from Farragut High School and then joined Columbia College Chicago. Pat was also doing clerical work while studying at Columbia College Chicago.
Later, he joined the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was also the host of the Dawn Buster radio show. Pat was the host of many late-night shows. In the year 2019, Pat Sajak made the world record of becoming a game show host for the longest time. He hosted Wheel of Fortune for 38 years and 198 days.
Pat Sajak Net Worth
Pat Sajak signed a contract to be the host for Wheel of Fortune until the year 2022. This show gave him success and popularity. He is one of the skilled TV personalities. As per the latest survey, Pat Sajak net worth is $65 million. He earns about $52,083 per show. He is one of the richest TV actors who have cars like Mercedez Benz S63 and Mercedez GL350.
Marriage and children
Pat Sajak married a photographer, Lesly Brown Sajak. The couple has 2 children, Patrick Michael James Sajak and Maggie Marie Sajak. Currently, they live in Severna Park, Maryland, and have a 2nd home in Los Angeles, California.
Interesting facts about Pat Sajak that you must know
We all know Pat Sajak with his incredible personality on TV. He is also one of the most famous TV hosts. Now, we will talk about some of the facts that many fans of Pat Sajak do not know.
1. Big mistake in Armed Forces
Pat Sajak joined the U.S. Army in 1968. He got clerical work in the Armed Forces at first but then he was given the post of a disc jockey to show his radio skills. Pat used to start his radio message with “Good morning, Vietnam”. He had a good career tenure until 1969.
In 1969, Pat was delivering the message of President Richard Nixon to the country during Christmas. After certain remarks, Nixon was silent. So, Pat thought that the address was over and played a record of “1, 2, 3 red Light” by 1910 Fruitgum Company.
To his surprise, Nixon was talking and giving speeches for troops in Vietnam. After this mistake, the fellow soldiers of Sajak did not get Nexon’s message. After many years, Pat Sajak wrote, “I want you all to know that Richard M. Nixon wishes you a very merry Christmas.”
2. Spanish Radio Station
Pat Sajak’s mother tongue was Polish. He had an interest in becoming a radio host for many years. He got a job in broadcasting at a very early age. So, Pat used to hold a wooden spoon assuming it as a microphone. Later, Sajak got a job in Chicago as a radio jockey to speak in the Spanish language.
He did not know Spanish but was selected for that job. He used to give brief news in English once every hour from night until early morning.
3. Sajak Rejected the Cover of Photo Magazine
Sajak had a successful career in the year 1980 because of Wheel of Fortune. His huge popularity brought a chance to him. He got the offer to appear on the cover of People magazine. But he rejected this offer. He said that he didn’t want to be in the place where it’s him in one week and John Hinckley in another week.
Pat Sajak also revealed this news in The New York Times in 1988.
4. Love for Word Games
The show Wheel of Fortune shows many puzzles on different themes. It has a lovely environment with lots of fun. Every day, the show requires a new puzzle for the audience. Pat Sajak and Vanna White have found many puzzles during their tenure in this show. Sajak has also created a digital game “Lucky Letters”.
5. Drinks in the First few Episodes
The Wheel of Fortune was different in 1980 from today. Now, the contestants get prize money. During the 80s, the contestants used to buy prizes from the prize money. These gifts were also shown on huge rotating turntables.
Setting up moving showrooms took a lot of time in those days. Meanwhile, Sajak and Vanna White used to visit a Mexican restaurant next to the street. They used to drink 2, 3, or 6 margaritas. These drinks caused a problem even to identify the alphabet during the game show.
Pat Sajak had a passion for acting as well. He wanted to try his career in acting. He got a chance in Days of Our Lives in the year 1980. Later, he got the greatest role in the movie Airplane II: The Sequel. This film was released in 1982 and it was the sequel of a comedy hit by the Zucker brothers.
7. The Host of the Biggest Flop Talk Shows
It is now that Pat Sajak is a popular TV celebrity for his fans. But back in 1989, he hosted a flop show. CBS chose Sajak to compete against Johnny Carson. It also spent nearly $4 million to start The Pat Sajak Show but it turned into a huge flop. Later, Sajak had to compete with The Arsenio Hall Show.
But CBS paid good compensation to Sajak after removing him. Apart from that, Sajak was also the host for The Pat Sajak Show for one year.
Latest news of Pat Sajak
In the year 2019, Pat revealed his illness in the media for the first time. He explained how critical he was during his illness. Sajak also said that he used to think about lovely faces, his wife, and his daughter. He used to feel that death was near but finally recovered.
Pat Sajak said that his recovery picked up speed in the last few weeks. He also returned to the studio and started doing shows. Pat said that he would continue to host the shows until he is doddering.
He also spoke about his old friend Vanna White that she was a trouper. He said that White was nervous and not very comfortable.