The Legendary entertainers spoke at length about their start and lives in show business, their big breaks in their early years and their favorite projects.
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Regis Philbin is an American media personality, actor and singer, known for hosting talk and game shows since the 1960s. Sometimes called (alternatively attributed to James Brown) “the hardest working man in show business”, he holds the Guinness World Record for the most time spent in front of a television camera. His trademarks include his excited manner, his Bronx accent, his wit, and irreverent ad-libs.
Regis Philbin is most widely known as the 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 starting in 2001 and continued until Philbin’s departure in 2011.
Regis Philbin has also hosted Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Million Dollar Password, and the first season of America’s Got Talent.
Regis Philbin hosted Crowd Goes Wild, a daily sports talk show on Fox Sports 1, from its launch in August 2013, to its cancellation in May 2014.
Donald Jay “Don” Rickles is an American actor and stand-up comedian. A frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, he has acted in comedic and dramatic roles, but is widely known as an insult comic.
In 2011, he made a surprise appearance as the late husband of Elka (Betty White) on the TV Land original comedy Hot in Cleveland—a “surprise” because Rickles’ character was thought to be dead. Rickles remains very active on the stand-up comedy scene and has no plans to retire, as he recently stated in an interview. “I’m in good health. I’m working better than I ever have. The audiences are great. Why should I retire? I’m like a fighter. The bell rings and you come out and fight. My energy comes alive. And I still enjoy it.” At 88, he is still a frequent guest on late night talk shows, including the Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
On May 28, 2014, Rickles was honored by Spike TV’s “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles”. Recorded live at New York City’s famous Apollo Theater, Jerry Seinfeld was the Master Of Ceremonies for the two hour special. Live monologs were performed by Johnny Depp, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Tracy Morgan, Brian Williams, and Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Recorded segments included bits from Bob Newhart, Bill Cosby, Jimmy Kimmel, and Eddie Murphy.