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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 »

LATEST STORIES
  
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 >

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 >

- 2044 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 >

- 2044 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 >

- 2047 days ago
Regis Philbin -- I'm in Los Angeles!

Regis Philbin -- I'm in Los Angeles!

Fresh off his exit announcement from "LIVE! with Regis & Kelly," Regis Philbin and his wife Joy touched down yesterday in sunny Los Angeles. Reeg is in town to receive a lifetime achievement… READ MORE >

- 2047 days ago
Kelly to Regis: You're WHAT?!?

Kelly to Regis:
You're WHAT?!?

Sources connected with "Live! with Regis & Kelly" tell TMZ ... Regis Philbin blindsided Kelly Ripa with his retirement announcement today ... telling her less than 15 minutes before they went… READ MORE >

- 2051 days ago
Regis Philbin -- I'm Retiring from the Talk Show

Regis Philbin -- I'm Retiring from the Talk Show

Regis Philbin says he's finally ready to give up his talk show gig ... after 28 years on the morning shift. 79-year-old Philbin made the announcement this morning on "Live with Regis and… READ MORE >

- 2051 days ago
Regis Philbin -- Topless Vacation

Regis Philbin -- Topless Vacation

Buxom TV host Regis Philbin showed off his sexy freckled physique in Hawaii this weekend.The 78-year-old TV legend is responsible for a lot of great mammaries. More Regis Reeg -- Kiss Me I'm… READ MORE >

- 2556 days ago
Reeg -- Kiss Me, I'm Drunkish

Reeg
Kiss Me, I'm Drunkish

Regis Philbin sure enjoyed his vodka tonics on St. Patty's Day at the Oak Room -- and while he wasn't wearing any holiday colors, he certainly may have been feeling green this morning. READ MORE >

- 2722 days ago
Regis -- Holy Overreaction, Batman!

Regis
Holy Overreaction, Batman!

Regis Philbin gave his side of that whole "Dominican thing" to our cameraman -- and Batman -- this morning in NY.Oh, and that planned protest? Hasn't happened yet.UPDATE: Our guy on scene says a… READ MORE >

- 2860 days ago

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