Regis Philbin is one of the most popular television personalities of all time, and generations of fans have grown up seeing Philbin on their screens.
Philbin worked behind the scenes on many of the biggest TV programs of the millennium before ultimately stepping in front of the cameras himself and in so doing, created a unique place in history. Philbin is currently semi-retired and enjoying his vast fortune, which he has accumulated during decades in the entertainment business.
Keep reading to learn how Philbin became famous, how he earned his money, and what his net worth is.
How did Regis Philbin get started in entertainment?
Regis Philbin was born in 1931 in New York City. He studied sociology in college and served in the United States Navy before turning his attention to the entertainment business.
His first big role was as a page for The Tonight Show during the 1950s, eventually becoming an announcer for the program in 1962. Philbin worked for several news stations before taking a giant leap in his career and becoming a talk show host in the early sixties, of The Regis Philbin Show in San Diego. The show didn’t really take off with viewers and he went on to pursue other projects, including as sidekick for comedian Joey Bishop on The Joey Bishop Show in the late ’60s.
Throughout the seventies and eighties, Philbin worked on a variety of talk and variety shows, including Regis Philbin’s Saturday Night in St. Louis, A.M. Los Angeles, and The Morning Show. In 1985, Philbin began his long association with Kathie Lee Gifford when she became his co-host, and eventually, The Morning Show became Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee.
In addition to Philbin’s talk show career, he became well-known as a game show host. He was the original host of the iconic game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and also participated in America’s Got Talent and This Is Your Life. For his work on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Philbin won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host and has been named as one of the greatest game show hosts of all time.
When did Regis Philbin leave ‘Live’?
Philbin continued to host Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee with his charismatic co-host for years, until Gifford left the show in 2000. Following Gifford’s departure, Kelly Ripa joined the show in 2001 and the show was rebranded as Live! with Regis and Kelly.
In Philbin’s long career, this collaboration would prove to be one of his most popular with fans, with critics and viewers praising his chemistry with Ripa.
In 2011, Philbin announced that he would be retiring from Live! with Regis and Kelly. Although he stepped away from the rigors of a daily talk show, he remained a present force on television through appearances on shows like Piers Morgan Tonight, The Late Late Show, and Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda. Even today, at 88 years of age, Philbin continues to pop up on television from time to time, to the delight of thousands of viewers.
What is Regis Philbin’s net worth?
Regis Philbin accumulated his vast fortune through over sixty years in the television business, and over the years, he has certainly earned revenue from many different sources. These days, Philbin’s net worth is estimated to be around $150 million.
There’s no doubt that Philbin has become one of the most successful people in entertainment. He has earned the respect of critics and fans all over the world.
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