Regis Philbin was one of the well-known American TV Presenters who is best known for his world record as a TV Presenter who has spent the highest time on the Television screen in the US. Though the Late TV Presenter passed away in the year 2020 suffering from a heart attack.
There are still many of his fans who remember him for his works on US Television. Let’s have a closer look at the early life of Regis Philbin.
Regis Philbin Biography
Regis Philbin was born as Regis Francis Philbin in the year 1931 in the city of Connecticut USA. He had Irish Ancestry and he was a practicing Catholic, throughout his life. His father served in the US Marines and he also served in the Pacific region.
His mother was a housewife and she reportedly had Albanian-Italian ancestry. Regis also had a brother who died in the year 2007 after battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. During his childhood, Regis attended the lady of Solace grammar school post which he graduated from Cardinal Hayes High school.
He later attended the University Of Notre Dame and graduated from there with a degree in Sociology. He joined the US Navy after graduation and served as a Supply officer Lieutenant Junior. After stepping out of the Navy he worked in several behind-the-scenes jobs in the television industry and radio posts which he entered the world of broadcasting.
Regis Philbin Career
In the year 1955, he made his television debut with the show named ‘The Tonight Show. He later worked as a writer for a talk show based in Los Angeles which was named ‘Tom Duggan’. After working as a writer here he secured a job as a news writer in the KCOP.
This was a turning point in his career where once the station’s podcaster didn’t arrive on time and Philbin was the one who conducted the podcast. Soon after this he left his job and shifted to New York City to try his luck. In the year 1964, he hosted a talk show named ‘That Regis Philbin Show. However, the show didn’t last long as the audience didn’t like its appearance of Philbin in the initial days.
Eventually, his show went off the air. Philbin also worked as a game show host and he hosted popular shows like ‘The Neighbors, a short-lived game show’ which was aired on ABC during the years 1975 to 1976. In 1976, he worked as a field reporter for the ABC Tv Show named, Almost Anything Goes which was an American adaptation of a Game show of Britain named It’s knockout.
In 2004 Philbin appeared on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ‘Eve as the original host of the show was recovering from a stroke. HE further hosted several other shows where he gained a lot of fame. He was also engaged in works related to writing and singing.
Regis Philbin Net Worth
Regis Philbin has appeared on US Television for a long period. Over his entire career, he has hosted multiple talk shows and other shows which were related to games and other stuff. With a total estimated Net- worth of 150 Million Dollars, he reportedly earned an estimated amount of 20 Million Dollars when his career was at its peak.
Between the years 1999 to 2002, he reportedly earned an estimated amount of 100,000 US Dollars per episode of Millionaire’s Quizmaster. Apart from his shows and other events he also earned revenue from his art of singing and writing.
Apart from his appearances in TV Shows, Regis has appeared in many commercials and other endorsements. Apart from this, there is no information available about any of his business ventures. Regis Philbin owned a house in The Bronx where he used to stay when he was alive.
Regis owned many cars like Jaguar and Mercedes. There is no information available about any of his private Jets owned by him.
Regis Philbin Relationship
Regis Philbin married Catherine Faylen in the year 1955 and welcomed two children together. The couple reportedly divorced in 1968.
Later on in the year 1970, he married Joy Sense with whom he welcomed two daughters.
Regis Philbin Awards
He has won many awards like the Bronx Walk of Fame, the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, and the TV Guide Award for Personality of the Year.
Grand Marshal of Tournament of Roses Parade, Walter Camp Distinguished American Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and much more.
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