WATCH: Regis Philbin, Bronx Son and TV Legend, Dead at 88

One of American television’s most prolific talk show hosts, Regis Philbin, is dead at 88.

Born in The Bronx and raised in Van Nest, Philbin attended Our Lady of Solace Catholic grammar school before graduating from Cardinal Hayes High School on the Grand Concourse in 1949.

After high school, he went on to Notre Dame where he graduated with a degree in sociology in 1953.

By 1955 he was already working in television as a page for the Today Show and with various stints in TV, it wasn’t until 33 years later in 1988 that he became a national name with the hit show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee.

In 2004, Philbin broke the Guinness World Record for Most Hours on Camera with 15,188 hours under his belt. By 2009 he had reached 16,343 hours.

Rest iin Peace, Regis, you will be missed. You are now yet another star in that great constellation of amazing Bronxites in the sky.


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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.