Regis Philbin

Philbin in 2003, image via Joe Seer /

Birth Name: Regis Francis Xavier Philbin

Date of Birth: August 25, 1931

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: July 24, 2020

Place of Death: Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.

*father – Irish
*mother – Italian, Arbëreshë/Albanian

Regis Philbin was an American television presenter, talk show host, game show host, actor, and singer. He was referred to as “the hardest working man in show business.”

He was raised in Van Nest, the Bronx. His father, Francis/Frank Philbin, was of Irish descent, and was a U.S. marine and WWII veteran. His mother, Florence Filomena (Boscia), was born in Manhattan, to an Italian emigrant family, that also had Arbëreshë/Albanian ancestry. They were from Greci, Campania. The Arbëreshë are ethnic Albanians who moved to Italy. It is not clear how much Albanian ancestry Regis had. Regis was named after Regis High School, in Manhattan.

Regis was married to interior decorator Joy (Senese) Philbin, until his death. He had two children with his former wife Catherine “Kay” Faylen, and two children, including producer and writer J. J. Philbin, with Joy. Catherine was the daughter of actor Frank Faylen. J. J. is married to television producer Michael Schur.

Regis’s paternal grandfather was Edward Philbin (the son of Thomas Philbin and Anne O’Brien) Edward was Irish, from either Castlebar, County Mayo, or Northern Ireland.

Regis’s paternal grandmother was named Julia Loretta McNally (the daughter of James McNally and Mary Jane). Julia was born in New York, to an Irish mother.

Regis’s maternal grandfather was Nicola Boscia (the son of Giovanni Boscia and Placidia Annamaria Rosetti/Rossoto). Nicola was born in Greci, Avellino, an Arbëreshë town in Campania, Italy.

Regis’s maternal grandmother was named Mary/Maria Palumbo.

Through his Arbëreshë ancestry, Regis is a distant (evidently seventh) cousin of musician and television personality Kara DioGuardi. The two discussed their relation on the show Live with Regis and Kelly.

Sources: Genealogy of Regis Pbilbin –

Birth record of Regis’s father –

Regis’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

8 Responses

  1. Tatum says:

    Regis Philibins mother is only Albanian (Arbereshe from Ittaly). They are not Italian but they are 100 % Ethnic Albanian.
    That is in Ethniccelebs wrong.
    Albanians are not Slave and of course not Latin. Albanians are Non-Hispanics white like Irish, English, Scots and German.

  2. Elina says:

    Big up to my albanian guy Regis!

  3. Rita says:

    Albannians are not slavs. more latin then slavic.

  4. buzo says:

    As I was say before the smart ass talk I always thought regis high school was name after regis my cousin dardan attends there. Tonirock is a homo

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