Historical Events for August 20

On this date in 2004, the late Regis Philbin set the Guinness World Record for most hours on camera. Philbin, seen here at the Vanity Fair kickoff party for the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. By David Shankbone – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

Regis Francis Xavier Philbin (/ˈriːdʒɪs ˈfɪlbɪn/; August 25, 1931 – July 24, 2020) was an American television presenter, talk show host, game show host, actor and singer. Once called “the hardest working man in show business”, he held the Guinness World Record for the most hours spent on U.S. television.

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Philbin served in the U.S. Navy and got his television start serving as a page for The Tonight Show in the 1950s. He got his first network television exposure in 1967 as Joey Bishop‘s sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show. He is most widely known as the co-host of the New York City-based nationally syndicated talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, starting in 1988, which became Live! with Regis and Kelly in 2001, and continued as Live! with Kelly after Philbin’s departure in 2011.

Philbin debuted and hosted the US version of Who Wants to Be a MillionaireMillion Dollar Password, and the first season of America’s Got Talent.

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