Legendary television host Regis Philbin dies at 88

Legendary television host Regis Philbin dies at 88

Legendary television host Regis Philbin dies at 88

A NY native and US Navy veteran got into the television business in 1955 as a page for "The Tonight Show".

After news broke this afternoon that legendary television host Regis Philbin had died, celebrities took to social media to share their memories and condolences. News in a statement. "We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss", the Philbin family told People.

Of course, that was hardly his only job.

Philbin was the founding host of the popular primetime game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" from 1999 to 2002.

Philbin began his career as a TV host in San Diego, then became a writer and on-air sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show.

Philbin was raised in the Bronx and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1953.

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted: "Regis was a great broadcaster, a good friend and a tremendous amount of fun".

Philbin and Faylen had another child, son Daniel Philbin, who died in 2014. "With Regis and Kathie Lee".

Philbin, who was born in 1931, served in the United States Navy before working in the television industry. He was on the show for 23 years! He told ABC's 20/20 program in 2001 that he left the Live! talk show in part because the contract offered to him "wasn't what I expected or I thought I deserved". Not only did he host, but Philbin wrote, produced and even booked the guests, including Jerry Lewis, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Walter Winchell, just to name a few.

Younger audiences and readers also likely know him best for hosting Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Regis with his daughters Jennifer and Joanna and wife second wife Joy in 1987.

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