Regis Philbin

Regis Philbin
Regis Philbin at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Philbin in April 2009
Born
Regis Francis Xavier Philbin

(1931-08-25)August 25, 1931
DiedJuly 24, 2020(2020-07-24) (aged 88)
Burial placeCedar Grove Cemetery,
Notre Dame, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation
  • Presenter
  • talk show host
  • game show host
  • actor
  • singer
Years active1955–2020
Spouse(s)
Catherine Faylen
(m. 1955; div. 1968)

(m. 1970)
Children4, including J. J. Philbin

Regis Francis Xavier Philbin (/ˈrɪs ˈfɪlbɪn/; August 25, 1931 – July 24, 2020) was an American television presenter, talk show host, game show host, actor[1] and singer. Once called "the hardest working man in show business",[2] he held the Guinness World Record for the most hours spent on U.S. television.[3]

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Philbin served in the U.S. Navy and got his television start serving as a page for The Tonight Show in the 1950s. He got his first network TV exposure in 1967 as Joey Bishop's sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show. He is most widely known as the co-host of the New York City-based nationally syndicated talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, starting in 1988, which became Live! with Regis and Kelly in 2001, and continued as Live! with Kelly after Philbin's departure in 2011.[4]

Philbin debuted and hosted the US version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,[4] Million Dollar Password,[5] and the first season of America's Got Talent.[6]

  1. ^ Regis Philbin at IMDb
  2. ^ "Best of Connecticut 2006: People & Entertainment". Connecticut Magazine. September 26, 2006. Archived from the original on September 15, 2007. Retrieved June 1, 2007.
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference record was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  4. ^ a b "Overview: Live! With Regis & Kelly". About.com. Archived from the original on April 28, 2009. Retrieved April 1, 2010.
  5. ^ "Regis Philbin: Million Dollar Password on CBS". Archived from the original on February 12, 2009.
  6. ^ "Jerry Springer Replacing Regis Philbin as 'America's Got Talent' Host".

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