Iconic Talk Show Host and Beloved Entertainer
For decades, millions of Americans have woken up to Regis Philbin, a bona fide icon in television broadcasting. Since Philbin first stepped in front of the camera more than 50 years ago, he's ambitiously tackled talk shows, game shows and even the literary world, with multiple bestsellers to his credit.Perhaps best known for his long and successful run on the Emmy Award-nominated syndicated program LIVE! with Regis, Philbin's trademark "host chat" format didn't begin with a certainty that it would be so popular. It began because Philbin couldn't afford a writing staff! He started each show sharing his own observations and opinions, engaging with the audience and inadvertently pioneering a whole new genre of television programming.During that time, Philbin took his daytime success to nighttime with ABC's ratings juggernaut Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, which became a total game changer for TV gameshows. He won Daytime Emmys as both Outstanding Talk Show Host for Live With Regis, and Outstanding Game Show Host for Millionaire, before handing the reins of Millionaire over to Meredith Vieira. He was the first host of NBC's America's Got Talent, and appeared on several other primetime programs. He has been honored with numerous awards over his illustrious career- including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and induction into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Television Academy's Hall of Fame. And yes, Philbin proudly holds the Guinness World Record for Most Hours on Camera (16,548.5 as of September, 2010). His trademark wit, ad-libs and Bronx accent have made him one of America's most beloved television personalities.