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Regis Philbin

TV-talk show host, game-show host, singer, author, and TV personality, Regis Philbin became one of the most popular talk-show hosts in America and in Canada, especially. Growing up as an only child in The Bronx, New York, Philbin went to the University of Notre Dame and got a degree in sociology. Later, he would serve in the U.S. Navy and went through behind-the-scenes in radio and TV, before going into broadcasting.After moving to California, Philin got his own show on KGTV in San Diego called That Regis Philbin Show (1964). However, with no writing team, for budget reasons, this led him to begin the show that would become his hallmark, where he engages his audience in discussions about his life and events of the day. It was, then, that he got his first big break as Joey Bishop's sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show (1961). Bishop liked to tease Philbin. But the teasing stopped when Philbin walked off the stage on a live broadcast and stayed away for several days.Philbin later hosted A.M. Los Angeles (1970), a local TV talk show on KABC-TV. With his presence, he brought the show to Number One in Los Angeles.On the show, Sarah Purcell was his first co-host, followed by Cyndy Garvey. However, when Philbin moved to New York City, they both paired up on "The Morning Show". But due to low ratings, Garvey then left once again and Philbin was then joined by Kathie Lee Gifford on the show and the ratings improved and the show's name was changed to "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (1988). Gifford left the show, which was called "Live with Regis" until a permanent replacement could be found.During the search, Philbin won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, his first only Daytime award. When Kelly Ripa was chosen the same year, the show was later changed to "Live with Regis and Kelly". The pairing became successful.Besides being a successful TV host, Philbin was also a game show host on a short-lived game show called The Neighbors (1975), in which part of the game is that a contestant, usually a woman, would have to find out which one of her neighbors is gossiping about her. He then hosted Almost Anything Goes (1975). Despite both shows being failures, Philbin then hosted Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999), which became one of the most popular shows on TV before it was canceled in 2002 and came back with Meredith Vieira replacing Philbin. For his work on the show, he won his second Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host.Philbin then signed a contract for "Millionaire's" spin-off: Who Wants to Be a Super Millionaire (2004). But this time, instead of one million dollars, it's 10 million. However, the show was canceled within four months. However, Philbin's game show career didn't end there. As of November 2005, Philbin hosted the revival of ABC's This Is Your Life (1952). As of May 2006, the show is in development.Also, Philbin hosted the first season of America's Got Talent (2006), with Piers Morgan, Brandy Norwood and David Hasselhoff as the judges.Besides being a TV personality, Philbin is also an author who has written two books: "I'm Only One Man!" and "Who Wants To Be Me?". He is also a singer, in the style of a crooner, such as Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin.

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Aug 25, 1931 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Big Valley 1965-09-15
Latest Project:
Series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 2014-04-27

9 wins & 44 nominations.

Known For
Poster of New Girl
Poster of How I Met Your Mother
Poster of Family Guy
Poster of The Simpsons
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Unknown 2014-04-27
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
The Haunting Of Himself 2012-10-27
Piers Morgan Live Unknown 2011-01-17
New Girl Unknown 2011-09-20
The Marriage Ref Unknown 2010-02-28
Hot in Cleveland Unknown 2010-06-16
30 for 30 Unknown 2009-10-06
Pioneers of Television Self 1 episode, 2008 2008-01-02
Celebrity Ghost Stories Unknown 2008-10-25
The Knights of Prosperity Unknown 2007-01-03
Damages Unknown 2007-07-24
America's Got Talent Unknown 2006-06-21
Brothers & Sisters Unknown 2006-09-24
The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency Unknown 2006-06-06
Ugly Betty Unknown 2006-09-28
30 Rock Unknown 2006-10-11
How I Met Your Mother Unknown 2005-09-19
The Soup Unknown 2004-07-30
Lilo & Stitch: The Series Unknown 2003-09-20
Hope & Faith Unknown 2003-09-26
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Unknown 2003-12-03
The Anna Nicole Show Unknown 2002-08-04
Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Himself - Host 1999-08-16
Hercules Unknown 1998-08-31
Becker Unknown 1998-11-02
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show Unknown 1997-09-01
The Dana Carvey Show Unknown 1996-03-12
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Spin City Unknown 1996-09-17
Caroline in the City Unknown 1995-09-21
WWE Raw Unknown 1993-01-11
Diagnosis Murder Unknown 1993-10-29
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Unknown 1993-01-27
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Mad About You Unknown 1992-09-23
The Larry Sanders Show Unknown 1992-08-15
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown 1990-09-10
Seinfeld Unknown 1989-07-05
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
Jeopardy! Unknown 1984-09-10
Wheel of Fortune Unknown 1983-09-19
20/20 Unknown 1978-06-06
CHiPs Unknown 1977-09-15
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15
Get Smart Unknown 1965-09-18