Mathew Trebek, Alex Trebek’s Son Adds Flavor To Harlem Nightlife And More

November 8, 2020

Matthew Trebek is the only son of famed game show host and cultural icon Alex Trebek, who became a household name in the United States due to his 30+ years hosting the popular quiz show Jeopardy.

Alex Trebek has passed away after a lengthy battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer. He died “peacefully at home” while “surrounded by family and friends” on November 8, Jeopardy shared on the official Twitter account.

Here’s an article we posted about Mathew in 2016.

The 25-year-old son of “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is wagering it all on the New York dining scene, opening Oso in Hamilton Heights at 1618 Amsterdam Avenue on Wednesday. It’s a career move that initially had his famous dad scratching his head.

“At first he was a little questionable [about it],” the younger Trebek tells The Post, adding that his 75-year-old multimillionaire dad isn’t among his investors, though his mother, Trebek’s second wife, Jean Currivan is. “[But now] he’s definitely supportive, even though it’s an industry that’s kind of foreign to him.”

Although Matthew grew up around television — he would regularly attend tapings of his dad’s popular quiz show — he wasn’t attracted to Hollywood.

“I’m much more like my mom,” Trebek says of Currivan, who has a background in real estate. “My mom and I are much more reserved and shy, and my dad and my sister are a little more outgoing and [want] to be the entertainment people.”

With Oso, he is striving to create a dining oasis for the residents of West Harlem, where he lives. It has a “raw” vibe and is covered in exposed brick, concrete floors and a graffiti mural. Still, like his pop, Trebek aims to please.

Matthew Trebek has said he used to attend Jeopardy tapings during his childhood. He told the New York Post in 2016 that the game show had a family feel which inspired him in his own career. He explained he strived to make his restaurant’s small staff feel like a family.

Photo credit: Alex Trebek and his son, Matthew, in 2013 Wikipedia.

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