Regis Philbin is a well-known media personality from America who has an estimated net worth of over $150 million. He is also a singer and actor who have hosted several shows. He is the Guinness World Record holder for times spent in front of the TV camera.
Philbin is popular for hosting ‘Live! with Regis and Kelly’. He has hosted ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’, and ‘Million Dollar Password’.
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Biography & Wiki
Regis Francis Xavier Philbin was born in The Bronx, New York, on August 25, 1931, to his parents Filomena “Florence” Philbin and Francis “Frank” Philbin. He grew up as a Roman Catholic.
He first went to Our Lady of Solace grammar school and later attended Cardinal Hayes High School. In 1953, he graduated from University of Notre Dame. He later became a supply officer in the U.S. Navy.
In 1955, Regis Philbin married Catherine “Kay” Faylen. The couple has two children named Daniel and Amy. They divorced in 1968. In 1970, he got married to his current wife Joy Senese. They are the parents of Jennifer “J. J.” and Joanna. Philbin has also got grandchildren.
He enjoys sports and is a fan of the New York Yankees.
Philbin started his career in the 1950s by working on ‘The Tonight Show’. Philbin’s first talk show was KGTV’s ‘The Regis Philbin Show’ in San Diego. He has then hosted or co-hosted several television shows like ‘The Joey Bishop Show’, ‘The Neighbors’, ‘A.M. Los Angeles’, ‘Almost Anything Goes’, ‘Mirror, Mirror’, ‘Password Plus’, ‘Star of the Family’, ‘The Morning Show’, ‘Live with Regis and Kathy Lee’, ‘Million Dollar Password’, and ‘Rachel Ray Show’.
He has also hosted several television events like Miss America, WWE WrestleMania, and Daytime Emmy Awards. He has guest-appeared in many TV shows like ‘Ugly Betty’, ’30 Rock’, ‘Hot in Cleveland’, ‘The Odd Couple’, and ‘Fantasy Island’.
Regis Philbin has appeared in several films in his career and has also lent his voice in the films ‘Shrek Forever After’, ‘Shrek the Third’, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, and ‘Roberto Benigni’s Pinocchio’.
As a singer, Philbin has released three studio albums and one holiday album. He has also released two singles in 2005.
He has also released several books including ‘Who Wants to Be Me?’, ‘How I Got This Way’, and ‘Foreword’.
Awards & Achievements
In 2006, Regis Philbin was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2003, he received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has received the Disney Legends Award in 2011. Philbin has also received four Daytime Emmy Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He is also the winner of the Walter Camp Distinguished American Award.
Net Worth of Regis Philbin
Regis Philbin has an estimated net worth of more than $150 million as of 2017-2018. He made his fortune by appearing and hosting several television shows. His yearly salary is an estimated $20 million. Apart from hosting, he has also done many musical and written works.
Regis Philbin is considered one of the most popular television personalities in the world. He has hosted many popular television shows including the 1st season of ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘The Morning Show’, ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’, and has also hosted the Miss America contest from 1991 to 1996. He is a popular figure across the world who found considerable success by appearing on television. Regis Philbin has undergone different surgeries like triple bypass surgery, hip-replacement surgery, and heart surgery.