Regis Philbin Passes Away. The American actor famously known for his hosting skills on talk shows and game shows passed away last night (25th July) due to heart disease.
Who is Regis Philbin?
Regis born on the 25th of August 1931 was known as “The hardest working man on show business” and he also holds the Guinness world record for the most hours on US television. His trademarks included his excited manner, his wit, the New York accent and his irreverent ad-libs.
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he served in the U.S. Navy and got his television to start serving as a page for The Tonight Show in the 1950s.
Philbin gained his first network TV exposure in 1967 as Joey Bishop’s sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show and he is most widely known for having been the co-host of the New York City-based nationally syndicated talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee starting in 1988, which became Live! with Regis and Kelly starting in 2001, and continued with former football player Michael Strahan after Philbin’s departure in 2011.
Philbin debuted and hosted the US version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Million Dollar Password, and the first season of America’s Got Talent.
- May 2001: winner, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
- May 2001: winner, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, Live with Regis (tie with Rosie O’Donnell)
- February 2001: winner, TV Guide Award Personality of the Year
- January 1, 2002: Grand Marshal of Tournament of Roses Parade
- February 2003: winner, Walter Camp Distinguished American Award
- April 10, 2003: receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
- August 20, 2004: sets Guinness World Record for “Most Hours on Camera” – 15,188 hours
- July 2005: winner, PR.com “Best Celebrity Nickname”
- April 2006: inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame
- April 2006: Inducted into Television Hall of Fame
- September 2008: Guinness World Record updated to 16,100 hours
- June 2008: Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards
- 2009: Guinness World Record updated to 16,540.5 hours
- 2010: Golden Mike’s Broadcast Legend Award, Radio and Television News Association of Southern California
- 2011: winner, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, Live with Regis and Kelly (tie with Dr. Oz)
- August 19, 2011: Recipient of the Disney Legends award, for his contributions in Television.
- November 18, 2011: Philbin received a key to the City of New York from Mayor Michael Bloomberg to honor his twenty eight year contribution to New York media.
- May 9, 2015: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Trine University
“You could only have a minute or two with it before the questions began. I did everything I could to make them more available for the right answer.”
— Regis Philbin
The legend will be dearly missed in the show biz.
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