Al Roker celebrates 60th birthday with surprise guests

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Al Roker celebrates 60th birthday with surprise guests

'Today' hosted a 60th birthday celebration for Al Roker on the show.

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A character from Al Roker's favorite movie 'Ghostbusters' stands to greet him for his 60th birthday.

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A cake by Buddy Valastro of Carlo's Bakery was sent to 'Today' for Al Roker's 60th birthday barbecue. 

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Actor Nick Offerman calls in to celebrate Al Roker's 60th birthday.

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'Today' hosted a birthday barbecue for Al Roker provided by Hill Country Barbecue Market. 

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Vice President Joe Biden called in to wish Al Roker a happy birthday. 

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Al Roker is joined by his children to celebrate his 60th birthday. 

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Vice President Joe Biden called in to wish Al Roker a happy birthday. 

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'Today' plays a prank on weatherman Al Roker to celebrate his 60th birthday.

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Meredith Viera brings balloons to 'Today' to celebrate Al Roker's 60th. 

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Bloomsbury Farm in Iowa carved a portrait of Al Roker in their cornfield to celebrate Roker's 60th birthday.

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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 13: Private Screening of the movie 'Dunston Checks In' at Planet Hollywood. Weatherman Al Roker with his wife Deborah and daughter Courtney. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Al Roker and Alice Barrett (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
TODAY -- 'TODAY in Phoenix 1996' -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel, Al Roker in Phoenix, AZ in May 1996 -- Photo by: NBC/NBC NewsWire
TODAY -- 'TODAY in Phoenix 1996' -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, executive chef Bryan Cheney, NBC News' Bryant Gumbel, Al Roker at the Wrigley Mansion Club in Phoenix, AZ in May 1996 -- Photo by: NBC/NBC NewsWire
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Pictured: (2nd from left) Host Al Roker interviews participants during the 1996 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Al Roker attends 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' Live At NBC's 'Today Show'. (Photo by Jason Carter Rinaldi/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Al Roker hosts 5 Seconds Of Summer performance on NBC's TODAY Show on July 22, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Chance Yeh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Al Roker attends NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on July 22, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Al Roker hosts an exclusive guest DJ session on SiriusXM's 70s on 7 channel to celebrate the launch of TODAY Show Radio on SiriusXM on June 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Aaron Paul and Al Roker appear on NBC News' 'Today' show on June 13, 2014 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 30: Al Roker performs on NBC's 'Today' at the NBC's TODAY Show on May 30, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)


Al Roker turned 60 today, and it did not go unnoticed. NBC's "Today" weatherman received enviable birthday treatment during Wednesday's episode with a number of surprise guests, a massive birthday cake made by the "Cake Boss" team and much more.

Roker has been a fixture on NBC since 1996. He began his career at "Today" as a substitute for Willard Scott and was given the position full-time when Scott retired. Scott, 80, returned to the show via webcam on Wednesday to congratulate his mentee.

Other guests that came on-air to celebrate included NBC host Meredith Viera, actor Nick Offerman, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Vice President Joe Biden. Mayor de Blasio surprised Roker by stepping out from behind a giant inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, a character from Roker's favorite film, "Ghostbusters." NY Daily News reports that de Blasio declared August 20th "Al Roker Day" because Roker is a "born and bred New Yorker."

"The people of this city love you, and all of America loves you," de Blasio said. One of the most impressive presents to Roker came from his fans. Dave and Karen Petersen in Atkins, Iowa, carved a portrait of Roker into one of their cornfields at Bloomsbury Farms.

Despite his on-going health issues, Roker told his 'Today' audience that he is 'happy, healthy and very lucky."

Roker underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2002 and a total knee replacement in 2001, according to the Huffington Post. He most recently had his rotator cuff repaired in April of this year and got a call from Biden wishing him well.

"I really do think 60 today is different from what our parents' 60 was," Roker said on the show. "I feel like I'm going faster than ever. I think [at] 50, you're kind of hitting your stride, and I think -- all things being equal -- at 60, you're cruising."

That means his co-host Hoda Kotb has a lot to look forward to. Kotb celebrated her 50th birthday on the show two weeks before where she was serenaded by Jeff Bridges.

Check out our gallery above to see Roker's amazing birthday celebration.

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