Sunday, January 19, 2014

Showbiz trivia: Regis Philbin

In 2012, 80 year old Regis Philbin was added to the Guinness Book of World Records. He has logged more hours on television than any other person in history. He was co-host of Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, later Live with Regis and Kelly, for 28.5 years. That adds up to 995,600 minutes. In total, he has been in front of the television camera for over 17,000 hours. Born in New York City, Regis is a US Navy veteran and a graduate of Notre Dame. Early in his career he hosted a talk show in San Diego. He gained national attention as the sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show, which aired late nights on ABC in the 1960s. This show originated from Desilu Studios in Hollywood. Desilu is the company owned by Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, hence the name. Philbin is an actor, singer, author, producer and host. He has hosted game shows like Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Password and America's Got Talent. As an actor he has appeared on Saturday Night Live, Mad About You, 30 Rock, Family Guy, Spin City and many more.

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