Regis Philbin

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Regis Philbin

Philbin at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Regis Francis Xavier Philbin[1][2]
August 25, 1931 (1931-08-25) (age 83)
Bronx, New York, United States
Education Cardinal Hayes High School
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
Occupation TV presenter
Talk show host
Game show host
Actor
Singer
Years active 1961–present
Spouse Catherine "Kay" Faylen (1955–1968)
Joy Senese (1970–present)
Children Amy
Joanna
J. J. Philbin
Daniel
Parents Francis Philbin
Filomena (née Boscia)

Regis Francis Xavier Philbin[1][2] (/ˈrɨs ˈfɪlbɨn/; born August 25, 1931) is an American media personality, actor and singer, known for hosting talk and game shows since the 1960s.[3] Sometimes called (alternatively attributed to James Brown) "the hardest working man in show business",[4][5]. He is often called "the hardest working man in show business" and holds the world record for the most time spent in front of a television camera.[6] He is most widely known for Live! with Regis and Kelly (previously Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee),[7] Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,[7] Million Dollar Password,[8] and for hosting the first season of America's Got Talent.[9]

Early life[change | change source]

Philbin was born in the Bronx, New York City. His father, Francis "Frank" Philbin, a U.S. Marine who served in the Pacific, was of Irish ancestry.[10] His mother, Filomena "Florence" (nee Boscia), was of Arbëreshë ancestry. They lived in the Van Nest section of the Bronx.[11] Philbin was raised Roman Catholic.[10] He was supposedly named "Regis" because his father wanted him to attend the prestigious Regis High School. It was long believed that Philbin was an only child, but on the February 1, 2007, broadcast of Live with Regis and Kelly, Philbin announced that he did have a brother, Frank M. Philbin (March 1, 1951 – January 27, 2007), who had died from non-Hodgkin lymphoma several days earlier.[12] Philbin said his brother had asked to not be mentioned on television or in the press.[13]

Philbin attended Our Lady of Solace grammar school in the Bronx,[14] and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx in 1949 before attending the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated in 1953 with a sociology degree. He later served in the United States Navy as a supply officer, then went through a few behind-the-scenes jobs in television and radio before moving into the broadcasting arena.[12]

Television career[change | change source]

On November 18, 2011, Philbin aired his final episode on Live with Regis and Kelly because Philbin's contract on the show had not been renewed.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Regis Philbin". CityFile New York. Archived from the original on October 31, 2011. http://web.archive.org/web/20111031235506/http://cityfile.com/profiles/regis-philbin.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Regis Philbin at chacha.com". http://www.chacha.com/question/how-old-is-regis-philbin. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  3. Regis Philbin at the Internet Movie Database
  4. "Best of Connecticut 2006: People & Entertainment". Connecticut Magazine. 2006-09-26. Archived from the original on 2007-09-15. http://web.archive.org/web/20070915134022/http://www.connecticutmag.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17247979&BRD=2329&PAG=461&dept_id=485995&rfi=6. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  5. "CNN Newsroom transcript, March 21, 2007". CNN. 2007-03-21. http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0703/21/cnr.04.html. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  6. Associated Press (2008-05-30). "The happiest man in television". CNN.com. Archived from the original on 2 June 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080602033906/http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/TV/05/30/apontv.irrepressible.regis.ap/index.html. Retrieved 2008-06-01. "With each TV appearance, he adds to his record for most hours logged (15,662, as certified by Guinness World Records in 2006)."
  7. 7.0 7.1 Regis Philbin - Kelly Ripa - Live with Regis and Kelly - Review
  8. Regis Philbin: Million Dollar Password on CBS
  9. Jerry Springer replacing Regis Philbin as 'America's Got Talent' host - Reality TV World
  10. 10.0 10.1 A&E, Television Networks (2009). "Regis Philbin Biography". Biography. http://www.biography.com/articles/Regis-Philbin-9542101. Retrieved January 9, 2014. :(Commentary; "Part of an Irish Catholic family, ...")
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  12. 12.0 12.1 Regis Philbin - Bio Brief - Biography
  13. Starr, Michael (February 2, 2007). "He's My Brother". New York Post. http://www.nypost.com/seven/02022007/tv/hes_my_brother_tv_michael_starr.htm.
  14. Four County Catholic

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