Regis Philbin Biography – Regis Philbin Wiki
Regis Philbin (born Regis Francis Xavier) was an American media personality, actor, author, and singer. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1949. He went on to attend the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with a sociology degree in 1953. He then served in the United States Navy as a supply officer.
After serving in the Navy, he began his career in show business as a writer and made his way in front of the camera in 1961 with a local talk show in San Diego called The Regis Philbin Show. In 1967, he became widely known as Joey Bishop’s sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show.
After a string of local talk shows, including A.M. Los Angeles and Regis Philbin’s Saturday Night in St. Louis, he moved to New York in 1983 to host The Morning Show, which was renamed three years later as Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee.
He received Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding talk show host for Live! in 2001 and 2011 as well as an outstanding game show host for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He also received a Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.
Regis Philbin Age
Regis Philbin was born on August 25, 1931, in The Bronx, New York, United States. He died on July 24, 2020, in Manhattan, New York. He was 88 years old.
Regis Philbin Wife
Regis Philbin had been married to his wife Joy Senese from 1970 until his death on July 24, 2020. He was previously married to his first wife Catherine “Kay” Faylen from 1955 until their divorce in 1968.
Regis Philbin Children
Regis Philbin had four children; son, Danny, daughters J.J. and Joanna Philbin with his wife Joy Senese, as well as his daughter Amy Philbin with his first wife, Catherine Faylen. Danny died in 2014.
Regis Philbin Family
Regis Philbin was born to Francis “Frank” Philbin and Filomena “Florence” (née Boscia). His father was of Irish heritage. His mother was from an Italian immigrant family of Arbëreshë (ethnic Albanians from Italy) descent from Greci, Campania. He had a younger brother, Frank M. Philbin, who died from non-Hodgkin lymphoma in January 2007.
Regis Philbin Death
Regis Philbin died on July 24, 2020, at the age of 88. The Philbin family confirmed his death in a statement to People magazine: “His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.”
Kelly Ripa, Regis Philbin’s longtime daytime co-host, wrote in an Instagram post: “We are beyond saddened to learn about the loss of Regis Philbin. He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes everyday on Live for more than 23 years. We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show. We send our deepest love and condolences to his family and hope they can find some comfort in knowing he left the world a better place. – Kelly and Ryan.”
President Donald Trump tweeted: “One of the greats in the history of television, Regis Philbin has passed on to even greater airwaves, at 88. He was a fantastic person, and my friend. He kept telling me to run for President. Holds the record for “most live television”, and he did it well. Regis, we love you….”
Regis Philbin Cause of Death
Regis Philbin’s cause of death was a heart attack, according to TMZ.
Regis Philbin Net Worth
Regis Philbin’s net worth was estimated to be $150 million.
Regis Philbin Height
Philbin stood at a height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.7 m).