Regis Philbin
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Updated On September 29, 2021

Regis Philbin was an American television personality. Regis Philbin was a popular television personality famous for being the host of the game show ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’.

Early Life and Childhood

Regis Philbin whose birth name is Regis Francis Xavier Philbin was born on 25th August 1931. Being born in late August, his zodiac sign was Virgo. Likewise, he was born in New York City, New York, United States of America and he was an American by nationality. Similarly, talking about his family members, Regis is the son of Francis ‘Frank’ Philbin and Filomena.

Likewise, his father Frank was in U.S. Marine and served in the Pacific. Likewise, he was a multi-ethnic person as his father was of Irish descent and his mother was of Albanian-Italian immigrant family. Similarly, about his religion, he was a follower of Catholicism. Likewise, about his siblings, he had one brother who asked not to mention him on television due to privacy matters.

Regarding his childhood, he spent his early childhood in the Van Nest neighborhood of the Bronx in New York. Likewise, he went to Our Lady of Solace Grammar School. Followed by this, he went to Cardinal Hayes High School. Similarly, he got a degree in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. Furthermore, after graduating, he went to U.S. Navy where he worked as a supply officer Lieutenant Junior Grade and also went through a few behind-the-scenes jobs in television and radio.


He was 89 years old when he died on 24th July 2020. Unfortunately, he passed away due to a natural cause on 24th July 2020.

Early Career

Likewise, Regis started his career through show business work. Similarly, he was also a page at ‘The Tonight Show’ in the year 1955. Followed by his discharge from the military he started his career through television work. He began his career with several entry-level jobs in Hollywood. It includes a post as a film-delivery man at KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, California. Moreover, he did his first talk show ‘The Regis Philbin Show’ in San Diego on KGTV-TV. Similarly, without any money for a writing staff, he began each show sharing his observations and engaging with the audience. Likewise, this led to an Emmy-Winning Los Angeles show ‘Philbin’s People discussing current issues with popular celebrities.

Followed by television programs, over time he began hosting many programs. He began hosting The Joey Bishop Show. He gained much national exposure in the year 1967 as the sidekick of this show. Even though it was a huge opportunity for him, however, he was unhappy during this stint. Likewise, he then hosted the morning show Temp on KHJ-TV in Los Angeles for around three years. He also works in two game shows for ABC hosting The Neighbors and Almost Anything Goes’. Likewise, he has also hosted a magazine show for Lifetime Cable Network ‘Regis Philbin Lifestyle’ eventually became the Regis Philbin Show in Prime Time.

Similarly, in the year 1983, he joined ‘The Morning Show’ along with Cindy Garvey. However, it did not fare well in the ratings. Moreover, shortly after Cindy was replaced by Kathie Lee and Regis which was later renamed as ‘Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee. This duo made a great show making him receive seven Emmy nominations.

More on Career

Later in the year 1999, he began working as a host in the prime-time game show ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire. Moreover, it was initially for a two-week release but became a success. Likewise, after dominating the rating race during the network ‘sweeps’ period, it got a regular place in the schedule. Moreover, he became a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host. Likewise, in addition to his success of the show, he introduces his new foul soap opera star, Kelly Ripa. Likewise, this show was later renamed ‘Live! With Regis and Kelly.

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Caption: Regis with Larry King. Source: Twitter

In the year 2004, Regis broke the Guinness World’s Record for Most Hours on camera with over of total 15,188 hours. Similarly, he also celebrates the 20th anniversary of national syndication with a special appearance by Kathie Lee Gifford. Likewise, in July 2013, he made a return to the small screen as a host for the sports series ‘Crowd Goes Wild’.

Net worth

Talking about his net worth and earning, Regis was a television host, actor, singer, and author by profession. Likewise, throughout his career, he had made an exceptional performance in his work. Similarly, he had a net worth of around $150 million.

Relationship Status

Regarding his relationship status, Regis was straight and in a marital relationship. He initially tied the knot with Kay Faylan from the year 1955-68 and has two children Amy and Daniel. After separation, he tied the knot with Joy Senses in the year 1970 and had two daughters Joanne and Jennifer together.

Body Measurement and Social media

Unfortunately, there is no information about his body measurement detail available in the media.

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Caption: Regis posing for a picture. Source: Twitter

Reflecting upon his social media presence, Regis had an account on Facebook and Twitter. His Facebook account was @regiss.philbin. Similarly, his Twitter account was @regis and had over 33.2k followers since he joined in December 2013.