2020 loses another great star in Hollywood. Regin Philbin, the legendary host, dies at the age of 88 due to natural causes. The star died on July 24, just one month before his 89th birthday. Philbin had been a heart patient and undergone angioplasty and triple bypass surgery in 1993 and 2007. He even had his hip replacement surgery in 2009.
Regis Philbin has given us some amazing moments on our television screens with his fantastic skills to host some of the greatest reality shows of all time. The multiple award winner host has had a journey like no other, and we salute him for all that he’s given us.
Regis Philbin Personal Life
Regis Francis Xavier Philbin was born on August 25, 2931. Regis has proved over and over again with his actions that he is one of the most hard-working people ever. He holds a Guinness World Record for spending more hours than any other celebrity on U.S. television. Regis had married twice and has four children altogether.
He married Catherine Kay Faylen in 1955 and the couple separated in 1968 after 13 years of marriage. They had 2 kids together, daughter Amy and son Daniel. Regis married Joy Senese in 1970 and together they had two daughters, Joanna and Jennifer.
Regis had never been shy of mentioning his family in front of the camera during the shows. He was fond of his second wife and the kids and kept addressing them now and then on his shows.
Philbin’s family said in an exclusive interview that they extremely saddened by Regis’ death. They thanked the stars for getting the opportunity to know a wonderful man like Regis and spend time with him.
They assured that the cause of death was natural and thanked the fans and admirers for their love and support. Lastly, they have asked for time to mourn the star’s death in peace and privacy.
Regis Philbin Career
In 1955, Regis Philbin joined the Navy. Later, he worked his way and became the producer of a sports telecast. Everything changed for him the day when the Sportscaster did not show up and Regis Philbin filled his shoes.
This gave Regis an idea of what he is truly good at and where his true calling lies. In 1961, Regis hosted his show called ‘The Regis Philbin Show’ but unfortunately, the show failed at impressing the audience and died after four months.
In 1967, Regis worked as a sidekick to Joey Bishop on his show, and from 1975, he started hosting ‘A.M. Los Angeles’. He joined ‘The Morning Show’ in 1982 that was later joined by Kathie Lee Gifford.
The show was a success and in 1988, it became to be known as ‘Live with Regis and Kathie Lee’. Celebrities appeared on the show but the highlight was the segment when Regis and Lee talked about the day.
In 1999, Regis Philbin began to host the legendary quiz game show, ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’. Regis’ dialogues as a host became a monumental catchphrase and different adaptations of the show later aired in different languages worldwide. In 2011, Philbin, after almost three decades, finally bid his goodbye to his morning TV show. Gifford, who had been replaced by Kelly Ripa, also came for the last episode and bid the host her goodbye.
Regis has received a well-deserving Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host in 2001 for his show ‘Who Want to Be a Millionaire’. In the same year, he received an Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host for ‘Live with Regis’ as well. Again, in 2001, he bagged a TV Guide Award for Personality of the Year. In 2003, he became a part of the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2008, he received an Emmy for Lifetime Achievement Award.