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Regis Philbin Bio, Childhood, Family, and Education
Regis Philbin was born on 25th August 1931 in the Bronx, New York, the United States. His birth name is Regis Francis Xavier Philbin. His father name is Frank Philbin and mother name is Filomena Boscia. Similarly, he is father used to serve in U.S. Marine. He was raised along with his sibling Frank M. Philbin, who expired in the year 2007 due to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Likewise, he attended Our Lady of Solace grammar school in the Bronx and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx in 1949. Then, before he attended the University of Notre Dame, from which he graduated in 1953 with a sociology degree. Regis holds American nationality and belongs to mixed (Italian-Albanian) ethnicity. He has 5 feet 7 inches height and has 71 Kg weight. He has grey hair colour and has dark brown eye colour. His zodiac sign is Virgo
Regis Philbin Career
Regis Philbin began his career when he was a page at “The Tonight Show” in the 1950s. Then, he wrote for the Los Angeles talk show host “Tom Duggan” and nervously filled in one night when the hard-drinking Duggan didn’t show up. Likewise, he was also an announcer on “The Tonight Show” in 1962. During 1957, he left his job as an assistant news editor to Baxter Ward at KCOP, Los Angeles to make his fortune in New York. His replacement at KCOP was George Van Valkenburg. In fact, his first talk show was “The Regis Philbin Show” on KOGO-TV (now KGTV) in San Diego. During 1964, Westinghouse Broadcasting picked up his talk show for national syndication in the late night time slot. Similarly, he also gained his first network TV exposure in 1967 as Joey Bishop’s sidekick on “The Joey Bishop Show” on television (1967–1969).
During 1964, he took over the show that replaced “The Steve Allen Show” when Steve Allen left the show. According to him, Carson was his inspiration (PBS, 2008, Pioneers of Television). Apart from that, from 1975 to 1981, he also co-hosted A.M. Los Angeles, a local morning talk show on KABC-TV, first along with Sarah Purcell (1975 to 1978), then with Cyndy Garvey (1978 to 1981).
Moreover, he also presence brought the show from the bottom of the local ratings to No. 1. He was also a game show host. In fact, he also hosted “The Neighbors”, a short-lived game show on ABC from late 1975 to early 1976. Both shows suffered from poor ratings. Additionally, he wrote his memoirs, “I’m Only One Man”, in 1995, and he has also co-authored Entertaining with Regis and Kathie Lee and Cooking with Regis and Kathie Lee. Regis and Gifford also co-hosted The Miss America Pageant and collaborated on musical concert acts to sold-out crowds; Philbin also had a solo nightclub act.
Regis Philbin Relationship
The 87 years old, Regis Philbin is a married man. He is married to Joy Senese, an interior designer in 1970. Together, the couple has two children namelyJ.J. Philldin and Joanna Philbin. Previously, he was married to Catherine “Kay” Faylen in 1955. Together, the couple has two children namely, Daniel Philbin and Amy Philbin. However, the couple got divorced in 1970.
Regis Philbin Net Worth and Online Presence
The American television presenter, Regis Philbin has earned the decent income from his career. He has a net worth of $150 million USD and earned the $20 million USD annually. Regis is active on Twitter with 34.1K followers. He doesn’t have an official account on Facebook and Instagram.