Philbin died Friday, just over a month before his 89th birthday. He died of natural causes, according to a family statement.
He is perhaps best known for his ABC morning talk show, "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee," which later became "Live with Regis and Kelly" once Kelly Ripa took over the co-hosting spot in 2001. He left in 2011 after the show's 24th season.
"We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show," Ripa and current "Live" co-host Ryan Seacrest posted to Instagram Saturday.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek said Philbin "was a very special part of our Disney family."
“Regis was a very special part of our Disney family for over a half century and we will miss him deeply. He was an amazing person, consummate entertainer, TV icon, and a true Disney Legend. Our heartfelt condolences to Joy and the entire Philbin family.”— Walt Disney Company (@WaltDisneyCo) July 26, 2020
- Bob Chapek, Disney CEO
And Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger said "Regis graced us with warmth, humor & a self-deprecating wit."
We are heartbroken to hear that a long time colleague & friend, #regisphilbin passed away at the age of 88. Regis graced us with warmth, humor & a self-deprecating wit, always bringing happiness to us all. Our hearts go out to Joy and to his family. Rest In Peace, Regis.— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) July 25, 2020
He also hosted the game shows "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," "Million Dollar Password" and the first season of "America's Got Talent."
Philbin was a fixture of American broadcasting for decades. He got his start in the 1960s as a regular sidekick for host Joey Bishop. He then worked in Los Angeles local news during the 1970s, both as an entertainment reporter and as the host of "A.M. Los Angeles."
But New York City beckoned and Philbin took his talk show skills to his hometown. The show went national in 1988 with his co-host, Kathie Lee Gifford.
He was host of the prime-time game show, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," briefly television's most popular show at the turn of the century. ABC aired the family-friendly program as often as five times a week. It generated around $1 billion in revenue in its first two years - ABC had said it was one of the most profitable show in TV history -- and helped make Philbin himself a millionaire many times over.
Philbin's question to contestants, "Is that your final answer?" became a national catchphrase. Philbin was even a fashion trendsetter; he put out a line of monochromatic shirts and ties to match what he wore on the set.
"You wait a lifetime for something like that and sometimes it never happens," Philbin told the AP in 1999.
In his lifetime, Philbin logged more than 15,000 hours on the air, earning him recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most broadcast hours logged by a TV personality, a record previously held by Hugh Downs.
"Every day, you see the record shattered, pal!" Philbin would tell viewers. "One more hour!"
PHOTOS: The life and career of Regis Philbin
The three-time Emmy Award winner was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008. The broadcasting legend was also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
In recent years, Philbin has dealt with some major health issues. He underwent triple bypass surgery in 2007 and a hip replacement in 2009.
Regis was a great broadcaster, a good friend and a tremendous amount of fun. He leaves behind a beautiful family and a TV legacy that will likely go unmatched. Regis, I hope our friend Rickles met you at the pearly gates with open arms and a slew of the insults you loved so much— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) July 25, 2020
He's survived by his wife, Joy, and their daughters J.J. and Joanna Philbin, as well as his daughter Amy Philbin with his first wife, Catherine Faylen.
His family released the following statement:
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 and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him - for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.