He served in the Navy before starting his career in Hollywood.
Morning show smash! Philbin is pictured with his Live! co-host Kathie-Lee Gifford.
Of course, that was hardly his only job. He also famously hosted Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Million Dollar Password, the first season of America's Got Talent, and became a reoccurring co-host on Rachael Ray. He grew up in the Bronx in NY and attended the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a sociology degree in 1953.
Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted: "Regis was a great broadcaster, a good friend and a tremendous amount of fun". The next year, Kelly Ripa came in to replace Gifford, and they worked together for a decade before Philbin made a decision to retire from the show. He moved to NY in 1983 to host The Morning Show, which was renamed three years later as Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee.
Philbin was proud of where he went to college as he welcomed Lou Holtz, Tyrone Willingham and Charlie Weis all to "Live!" at various different times. With Regis and Kelly alongside Kelly Ripa -which was formerly The Morning Show.
Younger audiences and readers also likely know him best for hosting Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Over the years, the fame Regis gained as a television personality also afforded him many opportunities to appear as himself.
He was married to Joy Philbin, at the time of his death, and they had been together for 50 years and had two daughters, Joanna and Jennifer, Yahoo said.