Talk Show Host Regis Philbin Passes Away at the Age of 88

regis-philbinRegis Philbin, media personality, actor, and singer, known for hosting talk and game shows has died at the age of 88.

On July 24, 2020, Philbin passed away from cardiovascular disease at a hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Having been called “the hardest working man in show business”, Philbin holds the Guinness World Record for the most hours on U.S. television.

His trademarks included his excited manner, his New York accent, his wit, and his irreverent ad-libs.

Philbin is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin; three daughters, J.J., Joanna and Amy; and four grandchildren.

Regis Philbin Notable Awards and Honors:

Regis Philbin was given a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame
May 2001: winner, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
May 2001: winner, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, Live with Regis (tie with Rosie O’Donnell)

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February 2001: winner, TV Guide Award Personality of the Year
January 1, 2002: Grand Marshal of Tournament of Roses Parade
February 2003: winner, Walter Camp Distinguished American Award
April 10, 2003: receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
August 20, 2004: sets Guinness World Record for “Most Hours on Camera” – 15,188 hours
July 2005: winner, “Best Celebrity Nickname”
April 2006: inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame
April 2006: Inducted into Television Hall of Fame
September 2008: Guinness World Record updated to 16,100 hours
June 2008: Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards
2009: Guinness World Record updated to 16,540.5 hours
2010: Golden Mike’s Broadcast Legend Award, Radio and Television News Association of Southern California
2011: Winner, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, Live with Regis and Kelly (tie with Dr. Oz)
August 19, 2011: Recipient of the Disney Legends award, for his contributions in Television.
November 18, 2011: Philbin received a key to the City of New York from Mayor Michael Bloomberg to honor his twenty eight year contribution to New York media.
May 9, 2015: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Trine University