Aug. 25th, 1931
New York City, New York, USA
Regis Philbin's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - Shrek Forever After
2008 - The Great Buck Howard
2007 - Shrek The Third
2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
2006 - Little Miss Sunshine
2003 - Cheaper by the Dozen
2002 - Pinocchio
2000 - Little Nicky
1999 - Dudley Do-Right
1992 - Night and the City
1990 - Funny About Love
Guest TV Roles[none found]
TV-talk show host, game-show host, singer, author, and TV personality, Regis Philbin became one of the most popular talk-show hosts in America and in Canada, especially. Growing up as an only child in The Bronx, New York, Philbin went to University of Notre Dame and got a degree in sociology. Later, he would serve the Navy and went through behind-the-scenes in radio and TV before going into broadcasting.
When moving to California, Philin got his own show on KGTV in San Diego called "That Regis Philbin Show" (1964). However, with no writing team, for budget reasons, this led him to begin the show that would become his hallmark, where he engages his audience in discussions about his life and events of the day.
It was then he got his first big break as Joey Bishop (I)'s sidekick on "The Joey Bishop Show" (1961). Bishop liked to tease Philbin. But the teasing stopped when Philbin walked off the stage on a live broadcast and stayed away for several days.
Philbin later hosted "A.M. Los Angeles" (1970), a local TV talk show on KABC-TV. With his presence, he brought the show to number one in Los Angeles.
On the show, Cyndy Garvey was originally the co-host. However, when Philbin moved to New York City, they both paired up on "The Morning Show". But due to low ratings, Gravey then left once again and Philbin was then joined with Kathie Lee Gifford on the show and ratings improved and changed the name to "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (1989). Gifford left the show, which was called "Live with Regis" until a permanent replacement could be found.
During the search, Philbin won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, his first only Daytime award. When Kelly Ripa was chosen the same year, the show was later changed to "Live with Regis and Kelly". The pairing became successful.
Besides being a successful TV host, Philbin was also a game show host on a short-lived game show called "The Neighbors" (1975), which part of the game is that a contestant, usually a woman, would have to find out which one of her neighbors is gossiping about her. He then hosted "Almost Anything Goes" (1975). Despite both shows were failures, Philbin then hosted "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (1999/I), which became one of the most popular shows on TV before it was canceled in 2002 and came back with Meredith Vieira replacing Philbin. For his work on the show, he won his second Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host.
Philbin then signed a contract for "Millionaire's" spin-off: "Who Wants to Be a Super Millionaire" (2004). But this time instead of one million dollars, it's 10 million. However, the show was canceled within four months. However, Philbin's game show career didn't end there. As of November 2005, Philbin hosted the revival of ABC's _"This Is Your Life" (2006)_. As of May 2006, the show is in development.
Also, Philbin hosted the first season of "America's Got Talent" (2006), with Piers Morgan, Brandy Norwood and David Hasselhoff as the judges.
Besides being a TV personality, Philbin is also an author who has written two books: "I'm Only One Man!" and "Who Wants To Be Me?". He is also a singer, in the style of a crooner such as Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin (I).
- His first wife was the daughter of actor 'Frank Faylen' (qv), who played Dobie Gillis' father on TV.
- He got his name, Regis, from his father's high school.
- Children, with 'Joy Philbin' (qv): Joanna (b. 1972) and Jennifer (aka 'J.J. Philbin' (qv), b. August 30th, 1974).
- Grew up at 1990 Cruger Avenue in the Van Nest section of the Bronx, New York.
- Contrary to popular belief, had a brother, Frank, who was 18 years younger. Frank passed away in January 2007 from cancer.
- Worked on "The Tonight Show" as a page, and soon thereafter, as a news writer at a local Los Angeles station.
- In the summer of 2004, he appeared for his 15,188 hour on national television, passing 'Hugh Downs' (qv) to become the most filmed television personality of all-time.
- Former son-in-law of 'Carol Hughes (I)' (qv). Former brother-in-law of 'Carol Faylen' (qv).