Iconic TV Host Regis Philbin Dies at 88

The Live! and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire alum has passed away

Regis Philbin sparked a primetime game show revival when he began hosting Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 1999. Getty Images

Regis Philbin, the iconic, energetic talk show host—best known for his decades on Live! and for emceeing Who Wants to Be a Millionaire—died Friday night. He was 88.

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