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Regis Philbin

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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 the University of Notre Dame and got a degree in sociology. Later, he would serve in the U.S. Navy and went through behind-the-scenes in radio and TV, before going into broadcasting.After moving to California, Philin got his own show on KGTV in San Diego called That Regis Philbin Show. 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, that he got his first big break as Joey Bishop's sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show. 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, a local TV talk show on KABC-TV. With his presence, he brought the show to Number One in Los Angeles.On the show, Sarah Purcell was his first co-host, followed by Cyndy Garvey. However, when Philbin moved to New York City, they both paired up on "The Morning Show". But due to low ratings, Garvey then left once again and Philbin was then joined by Kathie Lee Gifford on the show and the ratings improved and the show's name was changed to "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (1988). 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, in 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. Despite both shows being failures, Philbin then hosted Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, 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. 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. As of May 2006, the show is in development.Also, Philbin hosted the first season of America's Got Talent, 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.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Regis Philbin -- Crushed Over Notre Dame Punishment ... 'I'm Gonna Get Angry!' (VIDEO)

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Crushed Over Notre Dame Punishment 'I'm Gonna Get Angry!'

Regis Philbin doesn't like when bad things happen to Notre Dame football.  So he REALLY didn't like when we broke the news to him about the NCAA vacating all of ND's wins from the 2012 and… READ MORE >

Regis Philbin -- Disney Screwed Kelly Ripa (VIDEO)

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Disney Screwed Kelly Ripa

Regis Philbin still has Kelly Ripa's back ... he says his old co-host got the shaft in the whole Michael Strahan deal. Regis spoke to photogs in NYC and made it clear Kelly should've gotten a… READ MORE >

- 227 days ago
Notre Dame Football -- 'It's Been a Terrible Year' ... Says Regis Philbin

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Regis Philbin is sad. And he's sad because Notre Dame sucked this season. The ND alum -- and legendary superfan -- was expressing his disappointment in the Fighting Irish outside of… READ MORE >

- 713 days ago
John Mayer -- Prepare to be Mind Blown, Regis!

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Prepare to be Mind Blown, Regis!

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- 862 days ago
Regis Philbin -- Hitchhikes in New York City!!! [VIDEO]

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- 912 days ago
Regis Philbin -- Michael Strahan's the Black Me

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Michael Strahan's The Black Me

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- 1441 days ago
Regis Philbin -- Is He Team Strahan?

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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 >

- 1553 days ago
Regis Philbin -- 'Broke My Heart' to See Paterno Statue Removed

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'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 >

- 1592 days ago
Rob Lowe -- There's No Replacing Regis Philbin

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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 >

- 1793 days ago
ABC Interested in Rob Lowe as Regis' Replacement on 'Live' With Kelly Ripa

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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 >

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