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The adventures of Jeff Probst, “Survivor” host

You see his face very week (during the season), but how well do you really know rugged host Jeff Probst? If you’ve been a regular TV watcher over the last decade, you may recognize him from some other series. He hosted several seasons of FX’s series Backchat, which premiered in 1995. On the show, he would respond to letters sent to the FX Apartment, which was used as a set for other shows on the network. Later, he hosted VH1′s Rock & Roll Jeopardy from 1998 to 2001, where players answered various questions relating to popular rock music.Maybe it’s better to start at the beginning, though. Probst was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1962, but spent most of his childhood in Bellevue, Washington. After graduating from Seattle Pacific University, he worked at Boeing Motion Picture/Television as a producer and narrator before transitioning into his role as television host. However, getting the Survivor gig wasn’t a sure thing. Probst has said that he had to really work to get a meeting with creator Mark Burnett. Once Burnett agreed to meet with him, though, Probst didn’t beat around the bush, coming right out and suggesting that Burnett hire him as host.The reality celeb has been involved with charity work over the years with regular involvement in both the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and his own organization, the Serpentine Project. The latter group is dedicated to helping youths transition out of foster care. While Probst doesn’t appear in the tabloids as much as other reality stars (he’s just the host, after all), some information about his personal relationships is known. Hes was married to Shelley Wright from 1996 to 2001, when the couple divorced, and for a period between 2005 and 2008, he dated Survivor: Vanatu contestant Julie Berry.You may still be wondering where else you’ve seen Jeff. In addition to the series listed above, he served as a correspondent for Access Hollywood for a short time and appeared as Vice Principal Raycliff in the Disney cartoon Fillmore. He’s also appeared twice on Celebrity Jeopardy! and once on the regular show, and guest-starred once a season on MADtv from its 9th season until its cancellation. Probst also worked behind the camera as screenwriter and director for the 2001 film Finder’s Fee, about a man who finds a lost wallet with a 6 million winning lottery ticket.