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Overview (5)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA  (heart disease)
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 (1975), 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; he hosted the first season of America's Got Talent (2006), with Piers Morgan, Brandy Norwood and David Hasselhoff as the judges.

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

Regis Philbin died on July 24, 2020, in Greenwich, Connecticut, of natural causes. He was 88.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: rocknrollunderdawg

Spouse (2)

Joy Philbin (1 March 1970 - 24 July 2020) ( his death) ( 2 children)
Kay Faylen (8 September 1956 - 1968) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Irreverent ad-libs
Bronx accent
Excited manner

Trivia (77)

Had angioplasty on his right artery on April 27, 2000. Had the procedure performed on the left artery in 1993. He was back on television three days later.
Had two children with Catherine Faylen: Amy Philbin (born 1961) and Danny Philbin (born 1967).
Had two children with Joy Philbin: Joanna Philbin and Jennifer Joy (aka J.J. Philbin).
Received his degree in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, in Notre Dame, Indiana, in 1953.
He got his name, Regis, from his father's high school.
His father was of Irish descent. His mother was of Italian ancestry, with an Arbëreshë (ethnic Albanians from Italy) background from Greci, Campania.
Attended and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, New York, in 1949, whose alumni also include Martin Scorsese and Don DeLillo.
Grand Marshal, Tournament of Roses parade on January 1, 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 United States Navy as a supply officer.
His first wife was the daughter of actor Frank Faylen, who played Dobie Gillis' father on television.
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 summer 2004, he appeared for his 15,188 hour on national television, passing Hugh Downs to become the most filmed television personality of all-time.
Resides in the same building as Howard Stern (2005).
Resides across the street from the studio where he tapes his show.
Contrary to popular belief, had a brother, Frank, who was 20 years younger. Frank passed away in January 27, 2007, from cancer, at age 55.
Very good friends with Academy Award winners Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro.
Underwent successful heart bypass surgery 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 has called on about every 30 years to host the Oscars in 2008. His last took place in February 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.
Distant 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 had 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 was not 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.
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 with Michael Gelman, Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa.
Best known by the public as the host of Live with Kelly and Ryan (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 on September 23, 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-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Before he was a successful talk and a game show host, he used to work with Gene Rayburn as a page on The Tonight Show Starring Jack Parr (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), which went to Robby Benson.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 10, 2003.
Inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Television Hall of Fame. [April 2006]
Received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards. [June 2008]
Ranked #15 on Life's 15 Best Game Show Hosts.
Ranked #6 as GSN's Top 10 Game Show Hosts of All Time.
Like game show hosts, Bob Barker, Bill Cullen and Wink Martindale, Philbin was known to be a very busy television personality.
Had not spoken to Kelly Ripa, since his departure on Live with Kelly and Ryan (1988), but defended her, because of the backstage drama of her show.
After his hosting role on Live with Kelly and Ryan (1988), he retired from his hosting duties at age 80. As of 2011, he was the longest-serving host on that show.
Had once kissed his former co-host, Kathie Lee Gifford, on the lips. This marked the first time ever since his partner left Live with Kelly and Ryan (1988) in 16 years, though, they still remain on good terms [2016].
Shares the same birthday with Monty Hall, who's a decade Philbin's senior.
As of 2016, he was reunited with both of his former co-hosts: Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa.
Was one of the guests at Melissa Rivers's (Joan Rivers's daughter's) wedding.
He and his ex-Live with Kelly and Ryan (1988) co-host, Kathie Lee Gifford, were both lifelong friends with Joan Rivers. Both Philbin and Gifford attended her funeral, when the comedienne passed away on September 7, 2014.
Mentioned (along with Kathie Lee Gifford) in Kanye West's "Jesus Walks".
The second television personality ever to host both a successful game show and a talk show host, after Johnny Carson.
He wanted to become a television personality, when his mother was absolutely protective of his plans, in otherwords, she wanted her son to a much more stable work, in comparison to his father.
Before retirement, he didn't have a good relationship with Kelly Ripa, off- and on- the set of Live with Kelly and Ryan (1988).
When Philbin was a toddler, his family moved to the S. Bronx, and settled into a $35 a month apartment.
Because of his brother's Frank's death, he had to missed several episodes of Live with Kelly and Ryan (1988).
Almost frequently talked about his feud of Joey Bishop in several interviews.
When he was born, he was baptized at The Church of St. Paul The Apostle in New York City, New York. His father wanted to name him after the Saint of The Jezuit Order of Priests he had studied with, therefore, the baby would be named after the popular Regis High School in Manhattan, New York.
His father, Frank "Francis" Philbin, passed away on April 20, 1978. He lived to be 69.
He opened a Ford dealership in Gilbert, Arizona, as a side investment during his career in television. The dealership, Philbin Ford, suffered due to the already saturated auto market in the area, and was closed in late 1988.
His parents were Francis "Frank" Philbin, a U.S. Marine, who was a personnel manager in Long Island, and Filomena "Florence" (née Boscia) Philbin, a housewife.
His mother, Filomena "Florence" (née Boscia) Philbin, passed away on October 5, 1987. She lived to be 78.
Was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and a proud supporter of the sports teams of his alma mater, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Before he was a successful talk show and game show host, he began his career as a stagehand in KCOP-TV, Los Angeles, California. Then, he progressed to his own local shows like "Regis Philbin's Saturday Night in St. Louis"; then host of "A.M. Los Angeles" in 1975.
At age 24, Philbin moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1955. At that time, employment was harder to find for him, there, so he went back to New York City, New York.
His hobbies were: singing, dancing, gardening, exercising, dining out, baseball and listening to the radio.
Met a young, unfamiliar employee, Michael Gelman, after he had graduated from the University of Colorado's School of Journalism, in 1983, when Philbin had hired him, for his first job on The Morning Show (Regis Philbin, Cyndy Garvey) (1983), as a production assistant. By the time, the show became Live with Kelly and Ryan (1988) (with Philbin's fourth co-hostess Kathie Lee Gifford, at the time), Gelman was already promoted as executive producer on the show, which he is still to this day.
Was nominated for Emmies 23 times for Outstanding Talk Show or Outstanding Talk Show Host/Entertainment and won those Emmies four times.
Holds the Guiness World Record for most time spent on camera in the history of television at a total of 16,746.50 hours.
Regis Philbin was the most frequent guest in David Letterman's late night career. Between Late Night on NBC and The Late Show on CBS, Regis appeared 150 times in total. His final appearance was in Letterman's penultimate Late Show episode in 2015.
Regis Philbin is buried on the grounds of his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.
Regis was named a Disney Legend in 2011, an honor that recognizes individuals who have made important contributions to the Walt Disney Company. He was honored due to his work on Live!, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and for co-hosting Disney Parks Christmas Day Parades.
Regis Philbin was the only television personality to have hosted a successful talk show as well as a successful game show in his 55 year career, both inside and outside of the medium.
Was the only talk show host and/or game show emcee ever to have guest-starred on nearly every episodic television series, either playing himself or appearing as different characters.

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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