"There’s just something about Regis. There’s always something new on the horizon and it keeps our lives active and fun," his wife said.
Apart from being one of the most recognizable faces on American television, Regis Philbin was also the loveable man who had one of long-lasting marriages with his wife, Joy Philbin.
The legendary TV show host passed away on July 24, 2020 at the age of 88, just a few months after the couple crossed the milestone of sharing 50 married years together.
Passing away from natural causes only a month before his 89th birthday, Regis left behind his three daughters as well as the wife he so dearly loved.
"Regis and Joy are always celebrating their marriage, but 50 years is a long time," a source close that is close to the couple had previously told Closer.
Regis had nothing but adoration for his wife as the source added, "Regis worships the ground Joy walks on. They truly are best friends. Everyone loves Regis and Joy, they’re great company, have amazing stories, and they compliment each other perfectly. It’s one of Hollywood’s longest lasting marriages and a true love story."
When Regis and Joy would give interviews together, they would often be seen teasing each other and having fun banters. While speaking to Parade, the couple was asked, "What is the secret to a long, happy marriage in Hollywood?"
And Regis joked, "What is the secret, Joy? My fear of you?"
Joy revealed how Regis was quite something special and said, "There’s just something about Regis. There’s always something new on the horizon and it keeps our lives active and fun. I’d rather be with Regis than any other person in the world."
"Really?" Regis asked.
"You keep it interesting and I think that’s one of the secrets," Joy said about one of the reasons that they stayed happily married in love.
It was all the way back in 1970 when Regis and Joy tied the knot. Before that, Regis was married to his first wife, Catherine Faylen; they were together for about 13 years from 1955 until their divorce in 1968. During his marriage to Catherine Faylen, Regis also became a father to his children, Amy and Daniel; however, his son sadly passed away in 2014.
It was "a marriage that didn’t work or last," Regis said about his first marriage to the actress. It was on the set of The Joey Bishop Show that Regis and Joy started growing closer. "She was always laughing," Bishop previously recalled about their connection on set. "I was glad that Regis was finding some happiness."
After Joy and Regis got married on March 1, 1970, they went on to become parents to two daughters, J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin. In an interview with Esquire, Regis said, "I got very lucky with Joy. She is everything a woman should be."
Following his death, the longtime TV host's family released a statement that told the world how the husband and father would make every day so memorable for his loved ones. "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," the family said in a statement to People.
"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," the statement went on to say. "We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss."
In 2006, Regis haven an interview with the Archive of American Television and he was asked about how he wanted people to remember him, according to ABC7.
"I guess, number one, a nice guy who did his best to give you a few laughs and make you feel welcome to the show," Regis said back then. "A lot of guys really, I get the feeling, don't care whether you like that show or not. I want people to enjoy what I do and understand what I'm doing is for their enjoyment. That's all I can ask for."
Certainly, people would always remember him for the way he made America laugh and put a smile on their face as they sat in their living room, watching him onscreen.