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“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek’s celebrates his 80th birthday on July 22. In honor of his big day, we’ve compiled a list of nine interesting things you probably didn’t know about the longtime television personality from a new biography written by Lisa Rogak called “Who Is Alex Trebek?” out Tuesday from Macmillan.

Trebek, his wife Jean, and his son Matt, courtesy of "Who Is Alex Trebek? A Biography" by Lisa Rogak

  • He was a troublemaker in his youth

    In his teen years, Trebek was sent to a Catholic boarding school after his parents separated. There, he was nearly expelled over disagreements with one of his teachers. 

    Alex Trebek in 1984 (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

  • He nearly became a priest

    In college, Trebek considered becoming a priest and went so far as to spend a summer at a Trappist monastery. But it was the vow of silence that changed his mind. He later said, “I’m not one to keep my big mouth shut.”

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  • He’s a clean-freak

    After quitting his job of 12 years at the CBC, he moved to Los Angeles. There he found a roommate in “Growing Pains” actor Alan Thicke, who compared living with Trebek to Felix, the neat-freak character on the sitcom “The Odd Couple.”

    Felix from "The Odd Couple" / ABC

  • He went through a rough divorce

    Trebek’s first marriage lasted seven years and ended in 1981. He later admitted that he lived “like a very depressed monk,” spending most nights watching TV with a bucket of fried chicken and a bottle of white wine.

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  • Lucille Ball helped him land “Jeopardy!”

    The “I Love Lucy” star was a big fan of “High Rollers,” the game show Trebek hosted previously. She told her friend, producer Merv Griffin, to consider hiring him when they decided to resurrect “Jeopardy!”

  • He named his cat Sleaze Bucket

    Trebek is an animal lover, but when it comes to names, he doesn’t hold back. He had a dog named Spammer, two rescue cats named Winger Dinger and Sleaze Bucket (A.K.A. Sleazy) and another cat named Safety Puce. 

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  • Ladies love him

    A woman at a book signing once gifted him a cupcake topped with a pair of breasts made out of frosting. And during the days when he hosted the Pillsbury Bake-Off, a contestant once asked the judges, “Is Alex here yet, and do you know his room number?” 

    Pillsbury Bake-Off promo / CBS

  • He swears like a sailor

    Known for his proclivity for profanity, Trebek has let more than a few f-bombs fly over the years. During a 2014 radio interview with Dan Patrick, Trebek was informed that they were operating on a profanity delay. “I’m worried about your language,” Patrick said at the time.

  • He’s a Luddite

    “I don’t text, I don’t access the Internet, I don’t blog, I don’t tweet,” Trebek has said. He only uses his cell phone to make calls, but he’s not a fan of social media. “Everyone has their face buried in their phones,” he continued, according to Rogak. “Why is it important to know what I did this morning and convey that to other people?”

  • Fun fact: He briefly considered becoming a priest during his college years

    “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek’s celebrates his 80th birthday on July 22. In honor of his big day, we’ve compiled a list of nine interesting things you probably didn’t know about the longtime television personality from a new biography written by Lisa Rogak called “Who Is Alex Trebek?” out Tuesday from Macmillan.

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