Life story of iconic TV host Regis Philbin
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As you may have heard, legendary television personality Regis Philbin died on Saturday night at the age of 88.
Regis Francis Xavier Philbin was born August 25, 1931.
He was an only child until he was in college when his parents had another son.
He graduated from Notre Dame with a sociology degree then served in the U.S. Navy.
The Bronx native eventually landed a spot as comedian Joey Bishop’s sidekick on “the Joey Bishop show.”
The gig gave him access to the “Rat Pack,” Hollywood’s entertainment royalty in the late 60s.
His quick wit and spontaneous ad libs charmed TV audiences for decades.
He cohosted TVs long-running morning show “Live with Regis and Kathy Lee.”
And later “Live with Regis and Kelly.”
He also proved he could charm nighttime audiences by hosting ABC’s quiz show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”
In 2011 he broke his own Guinness world record for the most on-camera hours on US television with 16,746 hours.
He was part of American television for decades.
He never seemed to run out of things to say.
But now his broadcasts have gone silent.
Philbin’s family say he died of natural causes.