From 1967 to 1969, he was the announcer and sidekick on “The Joey Bishop Show,” one in every of ABC’s many makes an attempt to problem the rankings dominance of Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show” on NBC. In the early ’70s he hosted “Regis Philbin’s Saturday Night in St. Louis” on KMOX, a CBS affiliate there. From 1975 to 1981 he co-hosted “A.M. Los Angeles,” a top-rated present on KABC, first with Sarah Purcell after which with Cyndy Garvey.
In 1983, Mr. Philbin teamed with Ms. Garvey in New York on WABC’s “The Morning Show.” Two years later, Kathie Lee Johnson — she grew to become Gifford after a divorce and remarriage — changed Ms. Garvey as his co-host. In 1988, the present went into nationwide syndication and have become “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee.”
From 1982 to 1987, he additionally hosted “Regis Philbin’s Lifestyles,” a magazine present on Lifetime that addressed well being, diets, train and wonder. Throughout the ’80s and ’90s he was an expert whirlwind, with appearances on sitcoms, speak and sport reveals, dramas, comedies, selection reveals, Miss America pageants and specials for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. He additionally appeared in quite a lot of movies, often as himself.
Mr. Philbin, who lived in Manhattan close to the ABC studios and in Greenwich, Conn., was showered with awards, together with Daytime Emmys for “Live! With Regis” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” in 2001, for lifetime achievement in 2008 and for “Live! With Regis and Kelly” in 2011. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2006.
Among these paying tribute to Mr. Philbin on social media was President Trump. In a publish on Twitter, Mr. Trump known as Mr. Philbin “one of the greats in the history of television” and added, “He kept telling me to run for president.”