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Regis Philbin laid to rest at his alma mater, Notre Dame University

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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After years of support to the university, Regis Philbin was laid to rest this week at his alma mater Notre Dame, a final tribute to the legendary broadcaster.

(CNN)After years of support to the university, Regis Philbin was laid to rest this week at his alma mater Notre Dame, a final tribute to the legendary broadcaster.

"The Philbin family wanted to bring Regis back to the place he loved so much for a private funeral and burial," said university spokesman Dennis Brown in a statement.

Philbin had a close relationship with the school.

After graduating in 1953 with a degree in sociology, he supported the university in various ways -- most notably when he donated $2. 5 million to the school in 2001 to create the Regis Philbin Studio Theatre.

"He likewise was generous with his time and talent in support of South Bend's Center for the Homeless and other worthy causes," said the Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame's president, in a statement remembering Philbin.

He started his entertainment career in 1956 as a page on "The Tonight Show. " His broadcasting career began in 1961 as the host of "The Regis Philbin Show" out of San Diego.

Over the course of six decades, he hosted numerous television shows, including the nationally syndicated morning talk show "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee," which he co-hosted with Kathie Lee Gifford.

Letterman picked Philbin to be one of two guests on Letterman's first show after the 9/11 attacks because of Philbin's communication skills.

"I regard you to be a master communicator," Letterman told Philbin in their last late-night appearance together.

Throughout his career, Philbin was nominated for 37 Daytime Emmy Awards and won six.

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