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Regis Philbin, Legendary Television Host & Disney Legend, Dies at 88

We are sad to hear the news today that Regis Philbin has died. The beloved star was 88. According to PEOPLE, the longtime television host died on July 24. “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,” his family shares with PEOPLE in an exclusive statement on Saturday.

 

 

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As shared by Disney Fandom, Regis Philbin was an American media personality, actor, and singer, known for hosting talk and game shows since the 1960s. For Disney, Regis voiced Typhon in the Hercules episode “Hercules and the Return of Typhon”, and himself in the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode “Drowsy”. He also hosted the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade in the Magic Kingdom from 1991 to 2008, was one of the celebrities featured in Superstar Limo and appeared as a guest star in the Phineas and Ferb spin-off Take Two with Phineas and Ferb.

On ABC, he was also the former host of Live with Regis and Kelly, as well as the primetime U.S. version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, an international game show franchise that originated in the United Kingdom in 1998, and premiered in the United States in 1999. He also appeared in Single Parents.   

In 2011, Philbin was named a Disney Legend, as announced by D23.

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You will be missed Regis! Our thoughts are with the Philbin family.

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.