August 25, 1931 – Disney Legend Regis Philbin is Born
“I got to say, it really is quite an honor. I don’t even know I deserve this.” – Philbin on being named a Disney Legend
On August 25, 1931, media personality Regis Philbin was born in New York City. After high school, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1953 with a degree in sociology. After serving in the United States Navy, Philbin began his career in television, working as a page, stagehand, sports newswriter, and a substitute anchor. Philbin got his big break on ABC’s The Joey Bishop Show in 1967, and stayed on until 1969. He began to work with Kathie Lee Gifford on WABC-TV’s The Morning Show, which was picked up for national syndication by Buena Vista Television and renamed Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.
Philbin is best known for being the host of the 1999 breakout hit Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, with his popular catchphrase “Is that your final answer?” He was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host in 2001 for his work on the show. Along with his work with the Disney-owned ABC network, Philbin has also hosted the Disney Christmas Parade. In 2011, Philbin was honored as a Disney Legend.