The life and career of Regis Philbin

Updated 4:48 PM ET, Sat July 25, 2020
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Regis Philbin poses for a portrait at the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 27, 2010. Charley Gallay/ATI/Getty Images
Regis Philbin as a baby in the Bronx, New York. He was raised on Krueger Avenue during the Great Depression on the bottom floor of a two-family house. ABC
Regis Philbin as a young boy. He says his parents -- a first-generation Irish-American father and an Italian-American mother -- didn't have any idea about his showbiz dreams. "I used to stay in this house, 6 years old, tune in WNEW, which was the key radio station in New York City," he told Katie Couric. "And every night at 9:30, Bing Crosby would have a half hour of songs." ABC
Regis Philbin in a photo from his time in the US Navy circa 1953. ABC
American television personality Regis Philbin with his wife Kay, circa 1965. The couple were divorced in 1968. Darlene Hammond/Getty Images
Regis Philbin during an appearance on The Joey Bishop Show in April 1968. ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images
Regis Philbin conducts an interview. Ron Galella Collection/WireImage/Getty Images
TV talk show cohosts Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford clown around on an empty section of the boardwalk at Atlantic City. Michael A. Smith/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty
Television talk show host Regis Philbin, left, Donald Trump, center, and daytime television actor Kristoff St. John, pose for photographers before the third annual celebrity softball game at Yankee Stadium in New York on July 31, 1993. Paul Hurschmann/AP
Regis Philbin gives his daughter J.J. a kiss on an airplane en route to Notre Dame University. John Zich/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty
Regis Philbin and Kathy Lee Gifford hosting the 1994 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Joe Sohm/Visions of America/UIG/Getty Images
Regis Philbin signs a copy of his book titled "I'm Only One Man!" at a B. Dalton Bookstore in New York City on September 12, 1995. Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage/Getty Images
Kathie Lee Gifford, right, smiles as Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell, far left, points to the kiss she planted on Regis Philbin during an appearance by the Spice Girls on "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" on May 16, 1997. STEVE FRIEDMAN/BUENA VISTA TELEVISION/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Regis Philbin, a Notre Dame graduate, waves to the crowd after receiving an honorary degree during Notre Dame's 154th commencement exercises in South Bend, Indiana, on May 16, 1999. JOE RAYMOND/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Talk show host Regis Philbin and new co-host Kelly Ripa speak to the audience during a broadcast of "Live with Regis and Kelly" in New York City on February 5, 2001. Spencer Platt/Newsmakers/Getty Images
Bernie Cullen, left, on ABC's "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire," the popular game show hosted by Regis Philbin. Maria Melin/Disney ABC Television Group/Getty Images
Regis Philbin and his wife Joy pose for a photograph after he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 10, 2003, in Hollywood, California. Robert Mora/Getty Images
Regis Philbin hosted the first season in 2006 of NBC's "America's Got Talent." Chris Haston/NBC/Getty Images
Regis Philbin and Jimmy Kimmel on stage at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, on June 20, 2008. Chris Polk/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Regis Philbin during a guest appearance on "How I Met Your Mother" with Neil Patrick Harris. Brinton/CBS/Getty Images
Regis Philbin crashes his scooter during the "Late Show With David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City on November 17, 2011. Donna Ward/Getty Images
Regis Philbin on set during his final appearance on"Live with Regis & Kelly" in New York City on November 18, 2011. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
Regis Philbin after his final appearance on "Live with Regis and Kelly" in New York on November 18, 2011. CHAD BATKA/The New York Times/Redux
Jimmy Fallon plays a game called Brainstorming with Regis Philbin on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." NBC/Getty Images
Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford appear on NBC's "Today" in 2015. Peter Kramer/NBC/Getty Images
Hoda Kotbe, at left dressed as Kathie Lee Gifford, Regis Philbin, and Kathie Lee Gifford dressed as Philbin, attend NBC's "Today" show at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on October 31, 2016. John Lamparski/WireImage/Getty Images
Regis and Joy Philbin attend the Los Angeles screening of the film "Burden" on February 27, 2020. Michael Kovac/Getty Images