American television presenter, talk show host, game show host, comedian, actor, and singer Regis Francis Xavier Philbin. He holds the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of hours spent on American television.
Wiki of Regis Philbin
|Profession||American Media Personality, Actor, and Singer|
|Date of Birth||25-Aug-31|
Early Years of Regis Philbin
Regis Francis Xavier Philbin was born on August 25, 1931, in The Bronx, New York. He was raised in a Catholic household by his mother, Filomena, and father, Frank (a U.S. Marine), and he had a brother named Frank, who was 20 years his junior and died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2007.
Regis graduated in 1949 from Our Lady of Solace and Cardinal Hayes High Schools. He attended Notre Dame University, where he played tennis, and graduated in 1953 with a degree in sociology.
After graduating from college, Philbin enlisted in the United States Navy as a supply officer. In 1955, he worked as a page on “The Tonight Show” before writing for talk show host Tom Duggan and eventually filling in when Duggan was absent one night. This time as an announcer, Regis returned to “The Tonight Show” in 1962.
Talk Show Career of Regis Philbin
In 1961, Philbin began hosting “The Regis Philbin Show” on KOGO-TV in San Diego, and by 1964, the program was nationally syndicated. From 1967 to 1969, he was Bishop’s sidekick on “The Joey Bishop Show,” and from 1975 to 1981, he co-hosted the morning chat show “A.M. Los Angeles,” raising the show’s abysmal ratings to number one.
Early in the 1970s, Regis spent his weekends in St. Louis, Missouri, hosting “Regis Philbin’s Saturday Night in St. Louis” on KMOX-TV. In 1982, Philbin joined former “A.M. Los Angeles” co-host, Cyndy Garvey on “The Morning Show” on WABC-TV. After Garvey departed the show, Ann Abernathy temporarily replaced her, then in June 1985, Kathie Lee Johnson (better known as Kathie Lee Gifford) assumed the role.
In 1988, “Live! with Regis, and Kathie Lee” moved into national syndication. After Gifford’s departure in 2000, Philbin hosted with guest co-hosts until Kelly Ripa was selected as the new co-host in 2001. Regis announced his departure from “Live! with Regis and Kelly” in January 2011, and the show spent a significant portion of that season highlighting his most memorable moments from his 28 years as co-host.
On November 18, 2011, Regis Philbin’s final program aired, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared to present him with a key to the city.
Game Show Profession of Regis Philbin
Philbin hosted “The Neighbors” on ABC and served as a field reporter on “Almost Anything Goes” during the mid-1970s (also on ABC). In 1999, he became the host of ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” however, the show was canceled in 2002 and revived with Meredith Vieira as the new host.
In 2004, “Who Wants to Be a Super Millionaire” returned to ABC under the new title “Who Wants to Be a Super Millionaire,” with Regis as the host once more. In 2001, he was awarded the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host, and in 2007, Time magazine named him one of the “15 Best Game Show Hosts in History.”
In 2007, Jerry Springer replaced Regis Philbin as host of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” when Philbin’s health issues and cross-country commute made it impossible for him to continue. In addition to hosting “Million Dollar Password” from 2008 to 2009, Regis played on “Celebrity Jeopardy!” in 1992, 1998, and 2006, winning $50,000 for Cardinal Hayes High School during his final appearance.
Net Worth of Regis Philbin
According to celebritynetworth.com, At the time of his death, Regis Philbin was an American television personality, actor, singer, and book who was worth $150 million. At his height, Regis Philbin made $20 million per year.
Philbin amassed his wealth as the host of numerous game programs, talk shows, and guest appearances on television throughout his career. Regis has also released the CDs “It’s Time For Regis!” (1968), “When You’re Smiling” (2004), “The Regis Philbin Christmas Album” (2005), and “Just You. Just Me.” (2009), and co-written the books “I’m Only One Man!” (1995), “Who Wants to Be Me?” (2000), and “How I Got This Way” (2011).
Philbin set the Guinness World Record for “Most Hours on US Television” in 2004, and when he retired from “Live! with Regis and Kelly” in 2011, he had accumulated 16,746.50 hours in front of the camera. On July 24, 2020, Regis Philbin passed away at the age of 88, one month shy of his 89th birthday.
Personal Life of Regis Philbin
In 1955, Regis wed Catherine Faylen, and the couple had two children, Amy and Daniel, before separating in 1968. In 1970, he married Joy Senese; they have two daughters, Joanna and Jennifer. Michael Schur, his son-in-law, co-created “Parks and Recreation” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and wrote for “The Office.”
Philbin was a devoted fan of the New York Yankees, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Florida Marlins, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. In following years, Regis endured other medical treatments, including a 2007 triple bypass, a 2009 hip replacement, and a 2010 surgery to remove a blood clot; in 1993, he underwent angioplasty after experiencing chest problems while filming a commercial in Florida.
Awards and Accolades of Regis Philbin
Philbin has won seven Daytime Emmy Awards, including the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. He got a TV Guide Award for Personality of the Year in 2001, and he was Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade the following year.
In 2006, Regis was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Television Hall of Fame. In 2003, Regis earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Philbin received the Walter Camp Distinguished American Award in 2003 and the Golden Mike’s Broadcast Legend Award from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California in 2010. Regis earned a Disney Legends Award in 2011, and Philbin received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Trine University in 2015.
Real Estate of Regis Philbin
In 2008, the Philbin’s paid $7.2 million for a 13,661-square-foot estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. In 2019, they listed the property for $4.95 million. Regis and Joy sold a smaller Greenwich property for $3 million in 2011, and in 2016 they purchased a condominium in Beverly Hills for $2.5 million.