Pat Sajak Movies
One of the most amiable and best-loved game show hosts ever to grace the airwaves, Chicago native Pat Sajak
first entered the world of broadcasting as a "guest teen deejay" on WLS Radio's Dick Biondi Show
in 1965. Later, while Sajak
was attending Columbia College in Chicago, an instructor informed him of an opening at a local radio station, and after an impressive audition for the program director, the eager student was hired as a newsman on the graveyard shift.
In 1968, Sajak
dropped out of Columbia after only three years and joined the Army, entertaining soldiers stationed in Vietnam as a morning-show host on Armed Forces Radio. Upon returning stateside, Sajak
had little luck finding radio and television work in Washington, D.C., and began working as a desk clerk at the downtown Madison Hotel. Later, when a friend informed him of an opening at a small radio station in southeastern Kentucky, Sajak
traveled south and became the overnight disc jockey at the 250-watt station. It didn't take long for Sajak
to realize that his career was going nowhere in Kentucky, however, and after about a year he relocated to Nashville and applied at virtually every radio and television station in town. Faced with rejection at every outlet, Sajak
was once again relegated to working at a local hotel. But they say that persistence pays off, and in Sajak
's case, that old adage proved true. Refusing to give in to rejection, the tireless broadcast hopeful continued to make his presence known to the local broadcasting outlets and was eventually hired into a local NBC affiliate.
's easygoing versatility found him serving in a variety of capacities at WSM Channel 4, it was his talents as a weatherman that got him the most exposure -- and a few short years later he was scouted by KNBC in Los Angeles and decided to make the trek out west. In addition to continuing as a weatherman at KNBC, Sajak
also hosted a weekend talk show for the station. In 1981, Sajak
's smooth on-air persona caught the attention of producer Merv Griffin
, who was seeking a replacement host for a daytime game show called the Wheel of Fortune
. While he wasn't actually certain whether he was the right man for the job, Sajak
figured the gig would only last for a year or two and dutifully accepted. Two Emmys, a People's Choice Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later, Sajak
was one of the best-loved hosts in game show history.
Outside of his Wheel of Fortune hosting duties, the noted conservative and avid sports fan also hosted the short-lived Pat Sajak Weekend on Fox News in 2003.
~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
When Larry (Garry Shandling) announces that he won't be renewing his contract, the staff begins chomping at the bits to find new jobs. It appears as if Beverly (Penny Johnson), Hank (Jeffrey Tambor), and Artie (Rip Torn) all have prospects for the future, though unfortunately the same thing can't be said for our increasingly troubled host. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Though Larry vehemently refuses to admit that he has a problem, Artie (Rip Torn) and Roseanne stage an intervention after realizing that Larry's (Garry Shandling) addiction to painkillers is spiraling out of control. While Artie and Roseanne hold Larry at home and force him to quit cold turkey, suspicions around the office are aroused when Pat Sajak sits in for Larry during his week-long convalescence. Roseanne forces Larry to come clean with his crew, but their supportive display is spiked with cynicism when Paula (Janeane Garofalo) wins the office pool with her speculation that Larry's absence was drug-related. As Larry returns to the office longing for the company of Roseanne, the two express their feelings for one another over lunch, leading to an unexpected kiss and a proposal from Larry. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Happy Birthday, Bugs: 50 Looney Years is a television special celebrating 50 years of Bugs Bunny cartoons, complete with testimonials from various celebrities and a terrific end-piece "50 Years of Bugs in 3 Minutes," which features a manic collection of highlights compiled by Academy Award-winner Chuck Workman (he won for his animated short, Precious Images). ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
Pat Sajak and Vanna White appear as themselves in this episode, in which Murdock (Dwight Schultz) goes on Wheel of Fortune and wins $28,000 and a Hawaiian vacation. Unfortunately, he won't have a lot of time to enjoy his winnings--not after being abducted by a group of mean claiming to be CIA operatives, who want to recruit Murdock for a top-secret mission. When the rest of the A-Team finds out that Murdock is being hornswoggled by a gang of crooks out to steal a Soviet gunner, it's off to Las Vegas for a bang-pow finale at the Silver Horse Casino. (Trivia note: One of the other Wheel of Fortune contestants is played by Bill Nuss, who wrote this episode!). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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With the Jerry Zucker-Jim Abrahams-David Zucker team absent, this sequel to the cash-cow 1980 spoof Airplane once again finds garrulous man-with-a-past Ted Striker (Robert Hays) compelled to take over the controls of crippled aircraft, all the while trying to patch up his relationship with stewardess Elaine (Julie Hagerty). This time, the first passenger space shuttle is launched into orbit -- and takes off for the moon - but the on-board computer malfunctions and sends the craft hurtling toward the sun, threatening the lives of everyone on board. Lloyd Bridges and Peter Graves return from the first Airplane, while William Shatner, Chad Everett, Sonny Bono, Raymond Burr and Chuck Conners join the cast, as they too lampoon their established images. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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