Regis Philbin launched his career as a TV host playing second banana to Joey Bishop on the Rat Packer’s 1960s late-night show. Bishop (inset) was photographed in 1969 strolling down Vine Street with his sidekick, which he would do to unwind before taping at nearby ABC Hollywood Studios. Philbin did most of the talking on those walks. The program was competing with The Tonight Show for ratings supremacy and lost. Often blamed for the poor numbers, Philbin left in 1968, but a fan outcry brought him back; Bishop quit a year later. Since then, Philbin has set the record for most time spent in front of a TV camera, logging more than 17,000 hours. Many of them were on the long-running Live! with Regis & Kathie Lee. He retired in 2011.
Photograph by DUSTIN SNIPES. Inset: photo archives/getty images