Longtime television personality Regis Philbin has passed away at the age of 88 from natural causes.
Mr. Philbin was well known as the host of the talk show Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, later known Regis and Kelly. The show starred in 1988, with Kathy Lee departing the show in 2000 and Kelly Ripa joining in 2001. Regis would stay on the show until his retirement in 2011, departing after the November 13th, 2011 episode.
He would also take a turn as the host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire from 1999 to 2002, with more appearances in 2004 and 2009.
From 1975 to 1981, Mr. Philbin was the co-host of A.M. Los Angeles, helping to turn the show from the low ratings in the local area, to the area’s #1 show.
Mr. Philbin set a Guinness World Record on August 20th, 2004 for “Most Hours on Camera” and won two Daytime Emmys in 2001 for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) and Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host (Live with Regis and Kelly.) We would receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmys in 2008, and another Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 2011. He also received a start on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1953 with a degree in sociology.
Mr. Philbin was married twice – first to Catherine Faylen from 1955 to 1968, and from 1970 to his death to Joy Senese. He had four children – Amy and Daniel with Catherine, and Joanna and Jennifer with Joy.
Mr. Philbin passed away from natural causes on July 24th, 2020 at his home in Greenwich, Connecticut.