On November 18, President Alan Perris will present the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to Regis Philbin.
As the pre-eminent talk and game show host, Regis holds the Guinness World Record for the most hours on US television. As of 2011, he's spent 16,746.50 hours in front of the camera - that's an average of almost one hour a day throughout his 50-plus year career!
In his earliest show business work, Philbin was a page at "The Tonight Show" in the 1950s. Later he wrote for Los Angeles talk show host Tom Duggan and nervously filled in one night when Duggan didn't show up. He also was an announcer on "The Tonight Show" in 1962. In 1957, Regis left his job as assistant news editor to Baxter Ward at KCOP to make his fortune in New York.
His first talk show was "The Regis Philbin Show" on KOGO-TV (now KGTV) in San Diego. For budgetary reasons he had no writing staff, so he began each show with what has become his hallmark, the "host chat" segment (influenced by Jack Paar), where he engaged his audience (and later his co-host) in discussions about his life and the day's events.
Philbin gained his first national exposure in 1967 as Joey Bishop's sidekick on "The Joey Bishop Show" on television (1967–1969). From 1975 to 1981, he co-hosted "A.M. Los Angeles" on KABC-TV, first with Sarah Purcell (1975 to 1978), then with Cyndy Garvey (1978 to 1981). Philbin's presence brought the show from the bottom of the local ratings to No. 1.
After Garvey left Los Angeles in 1982 and moved to New York City, Philbin rejoined her on "The Morning Show" there on WABC-TV. It was there in 1985 that he was joined by Kathy Lee Johnson (later Gifford) as his co-host and the program was syndicated nation-wide as "Live With Regis and Kathy Lee" in 1988. When Kathy Lee left the show, he was paired with Kelly Rippa, who took over the show when Regis left in 2011. He has appeared on several TV shows since then.
Regis and his wife Joy have two adult daughters, Jennifer and Joanna.