Regis Philbin, a national television talk show anchor and host of the popular “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” has died of natural causes at age 88.
Philbin got his start as a parking attendant for a local Los Angeles television station in the 1950s and found his way onto the airwaves and eventually, onto a long-running national morning talk show in 1985 that lasted until his retirement in 2011.
He hosted the show with Kathie Lee Gifford until 2000, then with Kelly Ripa. In 2000, he became the host of “Millionaire,” which quickly became the most popular game show in history and made millions for Philbin.
The anchor and host was known for his sarcastic but gentle humor and for sharing his normal everyday experiences, which made him relatable.
He earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the daytime Emmys in 2008.
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