As of 2020, Philbin was reportedly worth $150 million, with a salary of $20 million per year at the peak of his career. Philbin mostly retired from television in the early 2010s, with occasional guest appearances on Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda and other shows.
Philbin also acquired a number of valuable properties during his lifetime, including a family homestead in Greenwich, Connecticut reportedly worth $7.2 million, which was purchased in 2008 and put on the market in 2019 at an estimated $4.95 million, per Celebrity Net Worth. TMZ’s report suggests that Philbin “possibly” passed away in the family home in Connecticut.
Our hearts go out to the surviving members of Philbin’s family, including wife Joy and children Joanna, Jennifer, and Amy.
Regis Philbin died on July 24, 2020 at the age of 88, one month shy of his 89th birthday.
Early Life: Regis Philbin was born Regis Francis Xavier Philbin on August 25, 1931, in The Bronx, New York. He grew up in a Catholic household with mother Filomena and father Frank (a U.S. Marine), and he had a brother, also named Frank, who was 20 years younger than him and passed away from non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2007. Regis studied at Our Lady of Solace and Cardinal Hayes High School, graduating in 1949. He attended the University of Notre Dame, where he played on the tennis team, and earned a degree in sociology in 1953. After college, Philbin joined the United States Navy, serving as a supply officer. He worked as a page on “The Tonight Show” in 1955, then wrote for talk show host Tom Duggan and ended up filling in when Duggan failed to show up one night. In 1962, Regis returned to “The Tonight Show,” this time as an announcer.