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Date of Birth 25 August 1931New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameRegis Francis Xavier Philbin
Nicknames Reege
Big Daddy
Big Man
Number One
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

TV-talk show host, game-show host, singer, author, and TV personality, Regis Philbin became one of the most popular talk-show hosts in America and in Canada, especially. Growing up as an only child in The Bronx, New York, Philbin went to the University of Notre Dame and got a degree in sociology. Later, he would serve in the U.S. Navy and went through behind-the-scenes in radio and TV, before going into broadcasting.

After moving to California, Philin got his own show on KGTV in San Diego called That Regis Philbin Show (1964). However, with no writing team, for budget reasons, this led him to begin the show that would become his hallmark, where he engages his audience in discussions about his life and events of the day. It was, then, that he got his first big break as Joey Bishop's sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show (1961). Bishop liked to tease Philbin. But the teasing stopped when Philbin walked off the stage on a live broadcast and stayed away for several days.

Philbin later hosted A.M. Los Angeles (1970), a local TV talk show on KABC-TV. With his presence, he brought the show to Number One in Los Angeles.

On the show, Sarah Purcell was his first co-host, followed by Cyndy Garvey. However, when Philbin moved to New York City, they both paired up on "The Morning Show". But due to low ratings, Garvey then left once again and Philbin was then joined by Kathie Lee Gifford on the show and the ratings improved and the show's name was changed to "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (1988). Gifford left the show, which was called "Live with Regis" until a permanent replacement could be found.

During the search, Philbin won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, his first only Daytime award. When Kelly Ripa was chosen the same year, the show was later changed to "Live with Regis and Kelly". The pairing became successful.

Besides being a successful TV host, Philbin was also a game show host on a short-lived game show called The Neighbors (1975), in which part of the game is that a contestant, usually a woman, would have to find out which one of her neighbors is gossiping about her. He then hosted Almost Anything Goes (1975). Despite both shows being failures, Philbin then hosted Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999), which became one of the most popular shows on TV before it was canceled in 2002 and came back with Meredith Vieira replacing Philbin. For his work on the show, he won his second Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host.

Philbin then signed a contract for "Millionaire's" spin-off: Who Wants to Be a Super Millionaire (2004). But this time, instead of one million dollars, it's 10 million. However, the show was canceled within four months. However, Philbin's game show career didn't end there. As of November 2005, Philbin hosted the revival of ABC's This Is Your Life (1952). As of May 2006, the show is in development.

Also, Philbin hosted the first season of America's Got Talent (2006), with Piers Morgan, Brandy Norwood and David Hasselhoff as the judges.

Besides being a TV personality, Philbin is also an author who has written two books: "I'm Only One Man!" and "Who Wants To Be Me?". He is also a singer, in the style of a crooner, such as Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: rocknrollunderdawg

Spouse (2)

Joy Philbin (1 March 1970 - present) (2 children)
Catherine Faylen (1957 - 1968) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Irreverent ad-libs

Trivia (47)

Had angioplasty on his right artery. Had the procedure performed on the left artery in 1993. He was back on TV 3 days later. [April 2000]
Children with Catherine Faylen: Amy (b. 1961) and Danny (b. 1967).
Children, with Joy Philbin: Joanna Philbin (b. March 19th, 1973) and Jennifer Joy (aka J.J. Philbin, b. August 30th, 1974).
Earned degree in sociology, University of Notre Dame, Indiana.
He got his name, Regis, from his father's high school.
Shares Italian and Irish heritage Started his career as a stagehand in KCOP-TV, Los Angeles. Progressed to his own local shows like "Regis Philbin's Saturday Night in St. Louis"; then host of "A.M. Los Angeles in 1975.
Graduated in 1951 from Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, New York, whose alumni also include Martin Scorsese and Don DeLillo.
Grand Marshal, Tournament of Roses parade. [January 2002]
Worked on "The Tonight Show" as a page, and soon thereafter, as a news writer at a local Los Angeles station.
Served in the U.S. Navy.
His first wife was the daughter of actor Frank Faylen, who played Dobie Gillis' father on TV.
10 April 2003: Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Former son-in-law of Carol Hughes. Former brother-in-law of Carol Faylen.
Grew up at 1990 Cruger Avenue in the Van Nest section of the Bronx, New York.
In the summer of 2004, he appeared for his 15,188 hour on national television, passing Hugh Downs to become the most filmed television personality of all-time.
Lives in the same building as Howard Stern (2005).
Lives across the street from the studio where he tapes his show.
Contrary to popular belief, had a brother, Frank, who was 18 years younger. Frank passed away in January 2007 from cancer.
Very good friends with actor Jack Nicholson, Donald Trump and Robert De Niro.
Will be having heart bypass surgery this week [March 12, 2007].
Heart bypass surgery was performed successfully on March, 14, 2007.
Father-in-law of Michael Schur.
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year at $21 million.
Joked that he's called on about every 30 years to host the Oscars in 2008. His last took place in February of 1979.
Makes up the first half of the popular, annual "Relly" Awards. He and his co-host, Kelly Ripa, award prizes to viewers and/or guests to their show for the contest of the day.
Is named in the Guinness Book of World Records as having more on-air, on-camera time of any person... and still counting.
Cousin of Kara DioGuardi.
Left his role as host on America's Got Talent (2006), after the first season, because of his scheduling conflicts and some health problems he'd suffered, many years ago.
Guest-hosted for Dick Clark on New Year's Rockin' Eve 2005 (2004) in 2004, because Clark was still in the hospital, suffering a mild stroke. The doctors said he was expected to come back after recovering from a stroke, but he wasn't well enough to host the show.
Underwent hip replacement surgery on December 1, 2009.
Underwent surgery to remove a blood clot in his leg, which was formed after his hip replacement surgery in December, on May 18, 2010.
Retiring from "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (1988) [January 18, 2011].
The first guest on his show, That Regis Philbin Show (1964) in 1961 on KGTV in San Diego, was Jack Kemp, the quarterback of the new San Diego Chargers football team.
His favorite idol, when he was growing up, was Mickey Rooney.
Mentor and friends of Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa.
Best known by the public as the host of Live with Kelly and Michael (1988) and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999).
His middle name Xavier came from the Jesuit Saint Francis Xavier.
Attended the 90th Birthday of his idol Mickey Rooney in 2010. Among the many guests are: Donald Trump and Liza Minnelli.
Though Philbin had a brother, he was thought to be an only child since there were two decades of time between the two. Frank M. Philbin passed away in 2007 from Non-Hodgekins Lymphoma.
Before he was a successful talk and a game show host, he used to work with Gene Rayburn as a page on The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957).
Met Kathie Lee Gifford on a talk show in 1985.
Auditioned for the voice role of the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1991). The role went to Robby Benson.
Has announced that he signed a new contract to continue hosting Live with Kelly and Michael (1988) for 4 more years. The new contract also gives Regis an option to leave the show after 2 years, as well as giving him an extra day off every week. [February 2006]
Received a lifetime achievement award at the Daytime Emmys. [June 2008]
Host of an infomercial for "The Best of the Dean Martin Variety Show". Also appearing is Greg Garrison.
Appeared in a PSA for the "Wheelchair Foundation".

Personal Quotes (2)

I had a blocked artery. The great thing about it was that all the people sitting at home, watching on the couch, feeling the same thing...got up and called the doctor. I still get letters thanking me for saving people's lives.
[Of Mickey Rooney's 90th birthday in 2010]: Celebrating his 90th birthday, after all these years. When I was a little kid, I used to watch him when he was in his heyday, and it was a great show tonight, it really was, it meant a lot to a lot of people.

Salary (1)

Live with Regis and Kathie Lee (1988) $21,000,000(2006)

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