- Name: Regis Philbin
- Age: 85 years old
- Height: 5ft 5in (165 cm)
- Occupation: TV Personality
- Net Worth: US $150 Million
- Status: Alive
Regis Philbin is an American television personality and former host of the prime-time game show ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’. His television credits also include America’s Got Talent and Million Dollar Password. Philbin was born to parents Florence and Frank on August 25, 1931 in Bronx, New York. He has a younger brother named Frank. He attended Cardinal Hayes High School followed by the University of Notre Dame. He graduated in 1953 with a BA degree in sociology.
Philbin served as a supply officer in the United States Navy before making his television debut. He started out as a news and sports writer for the Los Angeles station ‘KCOP’ in 1955. Philbin gained early exposure as a sidekick and announcer on The Joey Bishop Show (1967-69). He became co-host of Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee in 1981. The show was renamed to ‘Live! with Regis and Kelly’ starting in 2001.
Philbin is probably best known for hosting the game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The program debuted on ABC in August 1999. The syndicated version of the show started in September 2002. The show’s host over the years include Cedric the Entertainer, Terry Crews and Chris Harrison. Philbin’s other shows include Million Dollar Password and America’s Got Talent. He’s guest hosted a number of programs including The Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, and The Late Late Show. His film credits include Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) with Steve Martin, and Jack and Jill (2011) with Adam Sandler. He voiced the character “Mabel” from the ‘Shrek’ animated films.
Philbin has won several awards and honors over the years for his work in show business. These include Daytime Emmys for ‘outstanding talk show host’ and for ‘outstanding game show host’. He holds the Guinness World Record for most time spent in front of a television camera. His first memoir, I’m Only One Man!, was published in 1995. A second memoir, How I Got This Way, was released in 2011.
Regis Philbin is 5ft 5in tall and he’s of Irish and Italian ancestry. He has an estimated net worth of $150 million. He reportedly made an annual salary of $20 million for the game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Philbin was married to first wife ‘Catherine Faylen’ from 1956 to 1968. They had two children, Amy and Daniel. He wed second and current wife ‘Joy Senese’ in March 1970. They have two daughters, Joanna and Jennifer.
Philbin did a minor angioplasty procedure back in 1993. He underwent triple bypass surgery in March 2007 and a hip replacement surgery in December 2009. He also had a blood clot removed from his calf in 2010.
Regis Philbin Age, Birthday, Wiki
- Birth Name: Regis Francis Xavier Philbin
- Birthday: August 25, 1931
- How Old : Age: 85 years old
- Place of Birth: Bronx, New York, United States
- Zodiac Sign: Virgo
- How Tall : Height: 5ft 5in (165 cm)
- Occupation: Television Personality
- Years Active: 1961–present
- Net Worth 2017: US $150 Million
- Marriage(s): Catherine Faylen, Joy Senese
- Death-O-Meter: Alive