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Regis Philbin

Regis Francis Xavier Philbin (pronounced /ˈriːdʒɨs ˈfɪlbɨn/; born August 25, 1931) is an American media personality, occasional actor and singer, known for hosting talk and game shows from the 1950s to the present. Philbin is often called (somewhat tongue-in-cheek and alternately attributed to James Brown) "the hardest working man in show business" and holds the Guinness World Record for the most time spent in front of a television camera. With each TV appearance, he adds to his record for most hours logged (16,100, as certified by Guinness World Records in 2008). His trademarks include his excited manner, his New York Bronx accent, his wit, and irreverent ad-libs. He is most widely known for Live with Regis and Kelly (which rose to fame as Live with Regis and Kathie Lee), Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Million Dollar Password, and for hosting the first season of America's Got Talent. On January 18, 2011 Philbin announced plans to retire from Live With Regis and Kelly in the late summer or fall of 2011. Philbin was born in 1931. His father, Francis "Frank" Philbin, a U.S. Marine who served in the Pacific, was of Irish heritage. His mother, Filomena "Florence" (née Boscia), was of Arbëreshë heritage. They lived at 1990 Cruger Avenue in the Van Nest section of The Bronx. Philbin was raised Roman Catholic. It was long believed that Philbin grew up 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, who had died from non-Hodgkin lymphoma several days earlier. He said that his brother, 20 years younger than he, had asked him to not speak of him on television or in the press.

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Regis Philbin -- Michael Strahan's the Black Me

Regis Philbin
Michael Strahan's The Black Me

Michael Strahan is doing a helluva job as the new Regis Philbin ... this according to the old Regis Philbin. The TV legend was leaving Madeo in West Hollywood last night when we asked what he… READ MORE >

Regis Philbin -- Is He Team Strahan?

Regis Philbin
Is He Team Strahan?

They've finally picked someone to fill his chair next to Kelly Ripa, but the question is ... does Regis Philbin approve of Michael Strahan? It hasn't been officially announced yet, but as TMZ… READ MORE >

- 592 days ago
Regis Philbin -- 'Broke My Heart' to See Paterno Statue Removed

Regis Philbin
'Broke My Heart' to See Paterno Statue Removed

Regis Philbin wasn't among the college football fans who were THRILLED to see Penn State take down the iconic Joe Paterno statue ... in fact, Reg tells us, "It broke my heart to see that."Reg --… READ MORE >

- 631 days ago
Rob Lowe -- There's No Replacing Regis Philbin

Rob Lowe
There's No Replacing Regis!

Our photog asked Rob Lowe straight up yesterday at LAX -- would he be interested in taking over Regis Philbin's chair next to Kelly Ripa -- and he certainly didn't give us a straight… READ MORE >

- 832 days ago
ABC Interested in Rob Lowe as Regis' Replacement on 'Live' With Kelly Ripa

Rob Lowe
ABC Eyeing Him to Replace Reeg On 'Live' With Kelly Ripa

Rob Lowe could be Regis Philbin's replacement ... if ABC has its way.Lowe just finished a two-day stint, guest hosting with Kelly Ripa and an ABC source says the honchos "loved the chemistry… READ MORE >

- 833 days ago
Regis Philbin -- Bails on Vespa During Letterman Taping

Regis Philbin
Bails on Vespa During Letterman Taping

Regis Philbin tried to tame a mighty Vespa on the streets of NYC this afternoon ... and lost. The 80-year-old was riding the wild scooter for a bit with David Letterman ... when Regis tipped his… READ MORE >

- 883 days ago
Regis Philbin -- I'll Be Gone In November ...

Regis Philbin
I'll Be Gone In November ...

November 18, 2011 ... mark the date -- because it will be the LAST TIME Regis Philbin will host "Live with Regis and Kelly."80-year-old Regis made the announcement this morning -- but there's… READ MORE >

- 955 days ago
Regis Philbin's Very Touching Moment at LAX

Regis Philbin's Very Touching Moment at LAX

He may be leaving "Live with Regis & Kelly," but Regis Philbin still got some,er, very special treatment by TSA security at LAX on Monday.You gotta hand it to the the 79-year-old for being… READ MORE >

- 1179 days ago
Regis Philbin: I Made My Decision 'A Long Time Ago'

Regis Philbin: I Made My Decision 'A Long Time Ago'

Regis Philbin claims he was ready to bail on "Live" way before contract negotiations went sour -- insisting 28 years in the same place is long enough ... period.The Reegemeister quit L.A. earlier… READ MORE >

- 1179 days ago
Regis Philbin Quit Over Pay Cut

Regis Philbin
Quit Over Pay Cut

Regis Philbin quit his show after execs told his agent they would cut his salary when his current contract expired ... sources tell TMZ.  Sources connected with the show tell TMZ ... Regis'… READ MORE >

- 1182 days ago

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