2020 strikes again.
On Halloween of this year, we lost Sean Connery, and Sunday before last (Nov. 8, 2020), we lost Alex Trebek. Unlike the majority of the celebrities I write tributes for, I honestly can’t remember when I was introduced to these men because they were constants throughout my life.
It wasn’t until Sean Connery passed that I realized I’d only watched a few of his films, and the same goes for Mr. Trebek. I didn’t watch Jeopardy! every day, but I tuned in to more episodes than I can count over the course of the last 35 years. I still remember the evenings my late grandmother and I would watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! back to back, and I’ve had enough of those evenings as a child—as well as an adult—to know there’s no Jeopardy! without Alex Trebek.
Even though I didn’t agree with his stance on putting his hands on women, I loved Sean Connery’s immense talent for acting. I have yet to see Sir Sean’s iconic interpretation of James Bond (don’t @ me), but I was a big fan of his legendary role as Henry Jones, Sr. aka Indiana Jones’s dad in The Last Crusade. I also loved him in movies such as Entrapment, First Knight, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (that cameo was epic), The Untouchables and Rising Sun. To be honest, I may not have watched Mr. Connery’s James Bond films simply for the mere fact that I preferred older Sean Connery to younger Sean Connery, as most people did.
With that being said, this tribute will be a bit different than my others. Instead of just talking about these gentlemen, I’m going to post some clips from them that I’ve enjoyed over the years. I hope y’all enjoy them, too.
Det. Jack Conner Ain’t Got Time For Foolery
Mr. Trebek’s First Jeopardy! Episode
Mac “Entraps” Jen
Alex Trebek Being Savage!
King Arthur and Lady Guinevere Meet
Alex Trebek and Merv Griffin School Dorothy
Meet Henry Jones, Sr.
Officer Malone Gets the Job Done!
Alex Trebek and Sean Connery Together on Jeopardy! (Psych!)
Sir Sean Connery and Mr. Alex Trebek will both be greatly missed.
Sir Thomas Sean Connery: August 25, 1930 – October 31, 2020
George Alexander Trebek: July 22, 1940 – November 8, 2020
—Written by Nadiya