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Philbin at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Regis Francis Xavier Philbin

August 25, 1931
Died July 24, 2020(2020-07-24) (aged 88)
Cause of death Heart disease
Education Cardinal Hayes High School
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
Years active 1961–2020
Spouse(s) Catherine "Kay" Faylen (1955–68)
Joy Senese (1970–2020; his death)
Children Amy
J. J. Philbin
Parent(s) Francis Philbin
Filomena (née Boscia)

Regis Francis Xavier Philbin ( August 25, 1931 – July 24, 2020) was an American media personality, actor and singer, known for hosting talk and game shows since the 1960s. Sometimes called (alternatively attributed to James Brown) "the hardest working man in show business", he held the world record for the most time spent in front of a television camera. He was most widely known for Live! with Regis and Kelly (previously Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee),

Early life

Philbin was born in the Bronx, New York City. His father, Francis "Frank" Philbin, a U.S. Marine who served in the Pacific, was of Irish ancestry. His mother, Filomena "Florence" (nee Boscia), was of Arbëreshë ancestry. They lived in the Van Nest section of the Bronx. Philbin said his brother had asked to not be mentioned on television or in the press.

Philbin attended Our Lady of Solace grammar school in the Bronx, and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx in 1949 before attending the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated in 1953 with a sociology degree. He later served in the United States Navy as a supply officer, then went through a few behind-the-scenes jobs in television and radio before moving into the broadcasting arena.

Television career

Philbin filled in for Dick Clark for the 2004 edition of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve after Clark suffered a stroke.

On November 18, 2011, Philbin aired his final episode of Live! with Regis and Kelly.


On July 24, 2020, Philbin's family released a statement that he had died at the age of 88, one month before his 89th birthday. TMZ reported that Philbin had died at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut of heart disease. The Blast revealed that he had allegedly suffered a heart attack.

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