Regis Philbin, the famed TV personality whose hosting career spanned six decades, died at 88 years old on Friday, July 24. "With Regis and Kathie Lee", which found other people hopping in their spots after both hosts eventually left the show.
Philbin was known for being upbeat, energetic and entertaining.
Regis Philbin had his own late night talk show that began in the fall of 1961, and it became a hit.
His first big break was a page boy for The Tonight Show. Soon after gaining more success, Philbin moved to NY and became the host of The Morning Show, which was renamed Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee three years later. "Holds the record for 'most live television", and he did it well. "With Regis and Kathy Lee".
Philbin went on to host Live! solo for nearly a year, before he was joined by Kelly Ripa in 2001. With Regis and Kathy Lee", which was renamed "Live!
He announced in 2011 he was retiring from the weekday show, after he had hosted it for more than 25 years.
Philbin's question to contestants, "Is that your final answer?" became a national catchphrase. Ripa remained as host of the show after Philbin departed. 'She thought I was leaving because of her. "Millionaire" also earned him an Emmy Award for Best Game Show host in 2001.
Philbin was born in New York City and graduated from Notre Dame before a stint in the United States Navy.
He dealt with heart problems during his career and underwent triple-bypass surgery in NY in 2007 at age 75.
He is survived by his daughters, J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin; his wife of 50 years, Joy, as well as a daughter, Amy, with his first wife Catherine Faylen, according to People.
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