Pat Sajak | Source: Getty Images
Pat Sajak | Source: Getty Images

Pat Sajak Is Leaving 'Wheel of Fortune': Meet His Beautiful Daughter Who Filled In for Him on the Show

Pedro Marrero
Jun 14, 2023
12:10 P.M.

“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak mostly keeps his family away from the spotlight, but he has enjoyed a three-decade marriage to his second wife Lesly Brown, with whom he shares a daughter and a son who are now both adults.


The actor and game show host has fronted the syndicated daytime series from 1981 to the present with great success, but he is a doting father to two children named Patrick and Maggie at home.

Sajak got married for the first time to Sherrill James in 1979. While he felt confident about her being the love of his life, the relationship deteriorated over lack of quality time and conflicting personalities until they divorced in 1986.


Sajak had a four-decade career on the hit game show "Wheel of Fortune." However, he recently announced that the 41st season if the show would be his last. He made the announcement on Twitter and thanked his fans for their continued love and support. The 41st season will air in September.


Life gave the TV star a second opportunity, and he didn’t let it pass, starting a new family with his second wife, Lesly Brown. The two married in 1989 and have two children: son Patrick, born in 1990, and daughter Maggie, born in 1995.

As his two kids grew up, viewers of his hit show became familiar with them as they occasionally visited him on set. In fact, when Maggie grew up, she even followed in her father's footsteps by guest-hosting on "Wheel of Fortune."



Patrick Jr. is an extremely private person who has no known presence on social media. He also refrains from joining his famous father in any high-profile appearances but has occasionally been photographed with him at sports events.

Born on September 22, 1990, Patrick has become a very handsome young man with a considerable resemblance to the show host. As of January 2019, both he and his better-known younger sister reportedly still live at the family home in Severna Park, Maryland, as neither was married or had children.

Pat Sajak and son Patrick on October 13, 2008 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Pat Sajak and son Patrick on October 13, 2008 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images


As a curiosity, Patrick had a sort of an “appearance” as an animated character in Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats.” On the 1994 episode “Chuckie is Rich,” his father was featured as a character with his real voice, and on the brief segment, his three-year-old son “accompanied” him.


Last June, Pat gushed about now-30-year-old Patrick on the show, revealing that he had completed medical school and is now officially a doctor. He congratulated his son on-air, claiming he now has to call him "Dr. Sajak."



Pat's daughter is much more of a public person than her older brother. In fact, she is pursuing a career in the entertainment business as an aspiring country music singer and multi-instrumentalist.

Born in 1995, Maggie showed an interest in music early, picking up the guitar when she was 12. Despite being a performer that has released three singles, she is pretty much absent from social media just like her brother, but she has a personal website to promote her music.



In January 2020, she joined Vanna White on "Wheel of Fortune" after her dad had to stay home to recover from surgery. As Vanna hosted the show, Maggie filled in as the show's letter-turner.

The Princeton University alum gushed about the experience on social media, saying she was grateful for the love and support she received. She also shared a photo with her "co-hosts," enjoying dinner with Pat and Vanna.



After being on the show, Maggie now works as an online media correspondent for "Wheel of Fortune." Although she once revealed that she wanted to follow in her brother's footsteps in becoming a doctor, her Instagram bio states she is currently a law student.

Previously, she once shared:

"I just love both, so I will keep doing both and see where that takes me."



Sajak’s beginnings in broadcasting were on the radio in his hometown, Chicago, during the 1960s. He was so eager to get started in the business that he didn’t doubt when offered a job at a Spanish-speaking radio station even though he didn’t speak the language.

When he enlisted in the Army in 1968, he was deployed to Saigon, where he spent 18 months behind the microphones of the armed forces radio.

Back in the US, his military service took him to a base in Texas and eventually to the Pentagon, where he worked running slide projectors for officials.

Currently, Sajak is the longest-tenured daytime television host in US history at 40 years of hosting. He's been nominated for 19 Daytime Emmys, winning three during his four-decade-long career.

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