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Also Known As: Regis Francis Xavier Philbin Died:
Born: August 25, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: TV host, actor, newscaster, singer, producer, news and sports writer, NBC page, movie reviewer, soda jerk, newspaper deliveryman

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Television host Regis Philbin spent more time in front of a TV camera than anyone in history, holding the Guinness World's Record for over 15,600 on-air hours to prove it. The wise-cracking ball of energy with the unmistakable New York accent was the longtime host of ABC's perennial favorite morning show "Live With Regis..." (syndicated, 1983- ). "Reege" also injected his dramatic flair and gift for unscripted gab into the prime time game show, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" (ABC, 1999-2002; syndicated, 2002- ), jettisoning the sagging network back into the number one ratings slot. Never at a loss for words or quick jokes, for decades Philbin was the go-to guy when a network needed a commentator for any major pageant, parade or live TV event, as he had something trained actors and seasoned comedians did not have: the amusing and unpredictable appeal of an old-school New York "character."

Television host Regis Philbin spent more time in front of a TV camera than anyone in history, holding the Guinness World's Record for over 15,600 on-air hours to prove it. The wise-cracking ball of energy with the unmistakable New York accent was the longtime host of ABC's perennial favorite morning show "Live With Regis..." (syndicated, 1983- ). "Reege" also injected his dramatic flair and gift for unscripted gab into the prime time game show, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" (ABC, 1999-2002; syndicated, 2002- ), jettisoning the sagging network back into the number one ratings slot. Never at a loss for words or quick jokes, for decades Philbin was the go-to guy when a network needed a commentator for any major pageant, parade or live TV event, as he had something trained actors and seasoned comedians did not have: the amusing and unpredictable appeal of an old-school New York "character."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Jack and Jill (2011)
2.
4.
 Shrek the Third (2007)
6.
 Cheaper By the Dozen (2003) Himself
7.
 People I Know (2003) Himself
8.
 Pinocchio (2002) Voice Of Ringmaster (English Version)
9.
10.
 Little Nicky (2000) Himself
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1953:
Served in the U.S. Navy
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Worked briefly as a page at NBC
1955:
Hired by KCOP TV in Los Angeles as news writer and producer
1957:
Became on-air reporter at a station in San Diego, eventually moving up to news anchor
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Hosted local interview TV show in San Diego; attracted important guests like Billy Graham and Ronald Reagan
1964:
Hosted "That Regis Philbin Show," a 90-minute syndicated program of music and celebrity interviews; canceled after four months
1967:
Gained his first national exposure as Joey Bishop's sidekick on ABC's "The Joey Bishop Show"
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Hosted "Regis Philbin's Saturday Night in St. Louis" on KMOX-TV
1972:
Made feature film debut as himself in Woody Allen's "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)"
1975:
Hired by KABC in Los Angeles as a movie reviewer
1975:
Co-hosted "A.M. Los Angeles," a local morning talk show on KABC-TV; first with Sarah Purcell (1975-78), then with Cyndy Garvey (1978-81)
1977:
Made TV-movie debut as Harry Carter in "SST ¿ Death Flight" (ABC)
1981:
Teamed with Mary Hart to co-host the national morning variety series "The Regis Philbin Show" for NBC
1982:
Hosted "Regis Philbin's Health Styles" on the cable channel The Health Network; cancelled after 13 weeks
1983:
Moved to NYC and launched "The Morning Show" for ABC; first co-host was Cindy Garvey
1984:
Signed first four-year contract to serve as host of "The Morning Show" (ABC)
1985:
Teamed with Kathie Lee Johnson (later Gifford) for "The Morning Show" (ABC)
1986:
First time reporting for "Walt Diney's Very Merry Christmas Parade" (ABC)
1987:
Executive produced and hosted the Lifetime special "The Regis Philbin Show"
1988:
"The Morning Show" became nationally syndicated and changed its name to "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (ABC)
1989:
Provided the voice of the Emperor for "Emperor's New Clothes" segment of "Long Ago and Far Away" (PBS)
1991:
First time hosting (with Kathie Lee Gifford) the Miss America Pageant
1993:
Guest-starred as Winslow Keane in "Perry Mason: The Case of the Telltale Talk Show Host" (NBC)
1996:
Portrayed District Attorney Bradly on an episode of ABC's "Life's Work"
1997:
Played a TV host suspected of murdering his co-host (played by Kathie Lee Gifford) in an episode of "Diagnosis Murder" (CBS)
1997:
Provided the voice of Jack for HBO's "Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special"
1999:
Hosted ABC's primetime game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"
2000:
When Gifford departed, the show was temporarily named "Live with Regis"
2001:
Kelly Ripa replaced Kathy Lee Gifford as the permanent co-host and the show was renamed "Live with Regis and Kelly" (ABC)
2006:
Hosted the primetime revival of "This Is Your Life" (ABC)
2007:
Voiced Mabel, the ugly stepsister in "Shrek the Third"
2011:
Announced in January he will be retiring from "Live With Regis and Kelly" after 28 years; he hosted his last show on Nov. 18, 2011 after 28 seasons on the air
2011:
Made a cameo as himself in the comedy feature "Jack and Jill," starring Adam Sandler
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Education

Cardinal Hayes High School: Bronx , New York - 1949
Notre Dame University: South Bend , Indiana - 1953

Notes

About the impact of his stories: "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, said that's it and got up and called the doctor. I still get letters thanking me for saving people's lives." -- Regis Philbin in US, February 1997

In 1999, Philbin was awarded an honorary degree from Notre Dame

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wife:
Kay Faylan. Actor. First wife; married in 1955; divorced in 1968; mother of Philbin's two oldest children.
wife:
Joy Philbin. Second wife; married in 1970; occasionally served as substitute host for Kathie Lee Gifford on "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee".

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father:
Frank Philbin. Personnel manager.
mother:
Florence Philbin.
daughter:
Amy Philbin. Born c. 1961; mother Kay Faylan.
son:
Daniel Philbin. Born in 1967 with numerous health problems, including with muscles in his legs and with lower vertebrae fused; eventually had both legs amputated; works at the Pentagon.
daughter:
Joanna Philbin. Born in 1973; graduated from Brown University in 1995; mother, Joy Philbin.
daughter:
Jennifer Philbin. Screenwriter. Born in 1974; attended father's alma mater Notre Dame; mother Joy Philbin.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"I'm Only One Man" Hyperion
"Who Wants to Be Me?" Hyperion

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