Regis Philbin Biography (1933-)

Full name, Regis Francis Xavier Philbin; born August 25, 1933 (some sources cite 1934), in New York, NY; son of Frank (a personnel director) and FlorencePhilbin; married Catherine Faylan, 1957 (divorced, 1968); married Joy Senese(a television show host), March 1, 1970; children: (first marriage) Amy Ferguson (a musician), Danny; (second marriage) Joanna (a television talent assistant), Jennifer. Education: University of Notre Dame, B.A. (sociology),1953. Addresses: Office-- WABC-TV, 7 Lincoln Sq., New York, NY10023. Agent-- William Morris Agency, 151 South El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2775. Career: Actor and talk show host. KCOP-TV, LosAngeles, CA, began as stagehand and courier, became news writer; KSON-TV, San Diego, CA, sportscaster; KOGO-TV, San Diego, news anchor, 1960-64; NBC-TV,page for The Tonight Show; KHJ-TV, Los Angeles, talk show host, 1969-73. Creator of the "Regis by Van Heusen" line of clothing. Performed as a night club comedian; appeared in commercials for Aspercreme pain relievers, Earthgrain bagels, Take Control margarine, and Washington Mutual. Also worked as atruck driver. National Rehabilitation Week, honorary chairperson, 1996. Military service: U.S. Navy. Awards, Honors: Emmy Award, outstanding daytime variety series, for The Regis Philbin Show; shared Daytime Emmy Award nominations, outstanding talk show host (with Kathie Lee Gifford),1999 and 2000, and outstanding talk show (with Gifford and others), 2000, allfor Live with Regis and Kathie Lee; Daytime Emmy Award nomination, outstanding game show host, 1999, for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Addresses: Office: WABC-TV, 7 Lincoln Sq., New York, NY 10023.; Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 South El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2775.

Actor, talk show host
Birth Details
August 25, 1933
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Host, The Regis Philbin Show, KOGO, 1961-65
  • Host, That Regis Philbin Show, syndicated, 1964-65
  • Cohost, The Joey Bishop Show, ABC, 1967-68
  • Host, Philbin's People, KHJ, 1973
  • Host, The Neighbors, ABC, 1975
  • Host, A.M. Los Angeles, KABC, 1975-81
  • Host and announcer, Almost Anything Goes, ABC, 1976
  • Host, The Regis Philbin Show, NBC, 1981
  • Host, The Morning Show, WABC, 1982-88
  • Cohost, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, syndicated, 1988-20
  • Host, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? ABC, 1999-
  • Host, Live with Regis, syndicated, 2000-
  • Also host of Regis Philbin's Saturday Night in St. Louis, KMOX.
  • Specials
  • The Karen Valentine Show, ABC, 1973
  • Host, True Life Stories, ABC, 1981
  • Host, Battle of the Las Vegas Show Girls, syndicated, 1981
  • Television interviewer, Lily for President, CBS, 1982
  • Rodney Dangerfield Hosts the 9th Annual Young Comedians Special, HBO, 1985
  • Reporter, The Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade, annually, 1986-89 then host, annually, 1990-93 cohost, annually, 1994-95
  • Host, The Regis Philbin Show, Lifetime, 1987
  • Reporter, Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade, annually, 1988-91then host, annually, 1992-96 ABC, 1998
  • Walt Disney World's 4th of July Spectacular(also known as Disney's 4th of July Spectacular), syndicated, 1990
  • Host, The Miss America Pageant, annually, 1991-96
  • The Dream Is Alive: The 20th Anniversary Celebration of Walt Disney World, CBS, 1991
  • Children's Miracle Network Telethon,1991
  • Kathie Lee Gifford's Celebration of Motherhood, ABC, 1993
  • The 2nd Annual Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Special, NBC,1993
  • Kathie Lee ... Looking for Christmas(also known as The Kathie Lee Gifford Christmas Special), CBS, 1994
  • "Beauty Pageants: Bright Lights, Big Business," A & E Stage, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • The 10th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame, The Disney Channel, 1994
  • Sesame Street's All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! ABC, 1994
  • Host, LIVE with Regis and Kathie Lee--Mom's Dream Come True, syndicated, 1995
  • Host, The 39th Annual Delco Electronics 500 Festival Parade,1995
  • The Late Show with David Letterman Video Special 2(also known as The Late Show with David Letterman Primetime Video Special 2), CBS, 1996
  • Kathie Lee Gifford's Lullabies for Little Ones, CBS, 1996
  • Disney's 101 Dalmations ... a Canine's Tale, ABC, 1996
  • Host and narrator, Daredevils!(documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 1996
  • Marry Me! The Family Channel, 1997
  • The Funniest of the World's Funniest Outtakes, Fox, 1997
  • Voice of Jack, "Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special" (animated), Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child, HBO, 1997
  • Interviewee, Intimate Portrait: Kathie Lee Gifford, Lifetime, 1998
  • The Late Show with David Letterman 5th Anniversary Special, CBS, 1998
  • Regis Philbin: Made for TV, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • The Four Freshmen: 50 Years Fresh! PBS, 1999
  • The Great American History Quiz, The History Channel, 1999
  • Interviewee, It's Only Talk: The Real Story of America's TalkShows, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Interviewee, The Italian Passion for Life, PBS, 1999
  • Behind the Scenes of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" ABC, 2000
  • Interviewee, Richard Simmons: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2000
  • Episodic
  • Reporter, "The Challenge," The Big Valley, ABC, 1968
  • "The Hot Line," Get Smart, NBC, 1968
  • Newscaster, "Disaster Squad," CHiPs, NBC, 1978
  • Today,1982
  • Super Dave, Showtime, 1987
  • Voice of the emperor, "The Emperor's New Clothes," Long Ago and Far Away, PBS, 1989
  • Family Edition, The Family Channel, 1992
  • Himself, "The Man Who Said Hello," Mad about You, NBC, 1993
  • Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1994
  • Himself, "Like No Business I Know," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1994
  • Himself, "The Opposite," Seinfeld, NBC, 1994
  • Madman of the People, NBC, 1994
  • The Cosby Mysteries, NBC, 1994
  • Himself, "Dear Diary," Women of the House, CBS, 1995
  • Himself, "Listen, Sister," Hope and Gloria, NBC, 1995
  • Himself, "I, Stank Hole in One," The Fresh Prince of Bel- Air, NBC, 1996
  • "Kathie Lee Gifford: Having It All," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1996
  • District Attorney Glen Bradley, "Fired," Life's Work, ABC, 1996
  • Himself, "Radio Days," Spin City(also known as Spin), ABC,1997
  • Himself, "Diving In," Second Noah, ABC, 1997
  • Soul Man(also known as Father's Day), ABC, 1997
  • Himself, "Caroline and the Sandwich," Caroline in the City, NBC, 1998
  • Darren Tate, "Talked to Death," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1998
  • Himself, "A Recipe for Disaster," Style and Substance, CBS, 1998
  • Voice of Typhon, "Return of Typhon," Hercules, syndicated, 1998
  • Himself, The Famous Jett Jackson, The Disney Channel, 1998
  • Voice of himself, "Treehouse of Horror IX," The Simpsons(animated), Fox, 1998
  • "Pearce on Conan," LateLine, ABC, 1999
  • Voice of Rags, the dog, "Back to the Future IV--Judgment Day," Spin City(also known as Spin), ABC, 1999
  • Himself, "How to Bury a Millionaire," Spin City(also known as Spin), ABC, 1999
  • Movies
  • Raymond Towne, Mad Bull, CBS, 1977
  • Harry Carter, SST--Death Flight(also known as Death Flight,Flight of the Maiden, and SST--Disaster in the Sky), ABC, 1977
  • Television host, Mirror, Mirror, NBC, 1979
  • Paint store manager, For the Love of It(also known as Love on the Run and Why Are They Stealing My Girlfriend?), ABC, 1980
  • California Girls, ABC, 1985
  • Winslow Keane, Perry Mason: The Case of the Telltale Talk Show Host(also known as The Case of the Telltale Talk Show Host), NBC, 1993
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, Soap Opera Digest Awards,1992
  • Host, The 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,1997
  • Presenter, The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 1999
  • The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards,1999
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself, Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex(also knownas Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex but Were Afraid to Ask), United Artists, 1972
  • Harry Hahm, The Bad News Bears Go to Japan, Paramount, 1978
  • Himself, Sextette, Crown-International Pictures, 1978
  • Himself, The Man Who Loved Women, Columbia, 1983
  • Malibu Express, Universal Studios Home Video, 1985
  • Funny about Love(also known as New York Times), Paramount,1990
  • Himself, Night and the City, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • A Bronx Tale, Savoy Pictures, 1993
  • Open Season, Legacy Releasing, 1996
  • Regis, Dudley Do-Right, Universal, 1999
  • Albums
  • It's Time for Regis, Mercury, 1968 reissued, 1994
  • Videos
  • Regis: My Personal Workout,1993
  • Books
  • (With Kathie Lee Gifford and Barbara Albright) Cooking with Regis andKathie Lee: Quick and Easy Recipes from America's Favorite Television Personalities, Hyperion (New York City), 1993
  • (With Gifford and Albright) Entertaining with Regis and Kathie Lee: Year Round Holiday Recipes, Entertaining Tips, and Party Ideas, Hyperion, 1994
  • (With Bill Zehme) I'm Only One Man(autobiography), Hyperion, 1995
  • Who Wants to Be Me? Hyperion, 2000

Further Reference


    • King, Norman, Regis and Kathie Lee: Their Lives Together and Apart, November 5, 1999 , Carol Publishing (Secaucus, NJ), 1995.
    • Entertainment Weekly, p. 25.
    • Esquire, June 5, 1994 , p. 80.
    • Good Housekeeping, October 5, 1994 , p. 196.
    • Money, August 1, 2000 , p. 31.
    • Newsweek, May 8, 2000 , p. 51.
    • People Weekly, December 6, 1993 , p. 154.
    • PR Newswire, May 31, 2000 .
    • TV Guide, May 9, 1998 , pp. 57-58; November 6, 1999, pp. 16-24.

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