Arsenio Hall

TV host, Actor, Producer
With his infectious laughter, cool vibe and willingness to book unexpected guests, Arsenio Hall redefined everyone's idea of late night television. Starting his career as a stand-up comedian, Hall made a name for ... Read more »
Born: 02/11/1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (105)

Arsenio 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

The Apprentice 2011 - 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Contestant

Deal With It 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Show With David Letterman 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Black Dynamite 1998 - 2000, 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Blossom 1991 - 1992, 1998 - 2000, 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1991 - 1993, 1998 - 2000, 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martial Law 1998 - 2000, 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2012 Miss USA Pageant 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Naked Brothers Band 1999 - 2000, 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley 2012 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

The Announcement 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Magic & Bird 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Battle for Late Night 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Dynamite 2009 (Movie)

Tasty Freeze (Actor)

Brothers 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

World's Funniest Moments 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Igor 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Carl Cristall (Actor)

Pioneers of Television 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Harlem Globetrotters: A New Generation 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Eddie Murphy: The Making of Delirious 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Naked Brothers Band 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

25 Strong! The BET Silver Anniversary Special 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Heckler 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Boomer Nation 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Chappelle's Show 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Search 2002 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

When Stand-Up Comics Ruled The World 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

17th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Lady of Soul Train Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Host

16th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Laugh Out Loud: TV's 15 Greatest Comedians 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chris Rock Show 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Patti Labelle: Surviving With Soul 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Store: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Redd Foxx: Say It Like It Is 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Politically Incorrect After Party 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Josephine Baker 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Magic Hour 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Arsenio 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual American Comedy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual American Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th NAACP Image Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief American Comedy Festival 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual American Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Blankman 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Arsenio Hall Show 1988 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Apollo Theater Hall of Fame 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Train Comedy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Television Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Store's 20th Birthday 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jackie Thomas Show 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

1991 MTV Video Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Party For Richard Pryor 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

First Person With Maria Shriver (11/12/91) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Laugh, a Tear 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Racism: Points of View 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1990 MTV Video Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Ghostbusters 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

Cheers 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Face to Face With Connie Chung (05/07/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The R.A.C.E. 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

1988 MTV Video Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief III 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Harlem Nights 1989 (Movie)

Crying Man (Actor)

The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Store 15th Year Class Reunion 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Coming to America 1988 (Movie)

Extremely Ugly Girl (Actor)

The Late Show 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Amazon Women on the Moon 1987 (Movie)

Apartment Victim (Actor)

New Love American Style 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown Revue 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Half-Hour Comedy Hour 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Proud Family Movie (TV Show)

Voice

Uptown Comedy Express (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

One on One With Magic Johnson 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bopha! 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Party Machine With Nia Peeples 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

With his infectious laughter, cool vibe and willingness to book unexpected guests, Arsenio Hall redefined everyone's idea of late night television. Starting his career as a stand-up comedian, Hall made a name for himself as Eddie Murphy's snobbish personal aide in the blockbuster comedy "Coming to America" (1988). He then amped up his star factor as a frequent guest host on the fledgling "The Late Show" (Fox, 1986-88) after its star, Joan Rivers, was fired from the program. In 1989, Hall took the late night show landscape and infused it with attitude as host of "The Arsenio Hall Show" (syndicated, 1989-1994). Unlike other play-it-safe late night talk shows, Hall's show was geared towards a younger, more urban audience. Thanks to his dynamic musical guests, unapologetic interviews, and his signature "Whoop, whoop, whoop!" fist pumping chant, Hall's show quickly rose to the top of the ratings game. Hall maintained a lower profile after his talk show went off the air in 1994 due to declining ratings. However, nearly 20 years after it first left the airwaves, "The Arsenio Hall Show" returned to late night in September 2013, proving the multi-talented funnyman was just getting started.

Relationships

Paula Abdul Actor

Companion
Dated in the late 1980s Hall appeared in Abdul's "Straight Up" (1989) music video

Cheryl Bonacci

Companion
Were in a long-term relationship since c. 1986

Fred Hall

Father
Pastor of the Elizabeth Baptist Church on Holton Avenue of Cleveland Was 20 years older than his wife

Anne Hall

Mother
Separated with Arsenio's father by the time he was six

Arsenio Hall

Son

EDUCATION

Ohio University

Athens , Ohio
later transferred to Kent State

Kent State University

Kent , Ohio

Milestones

2013

A new version of "The Arsenio Hall Show" premieres

2012

Competed on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice"; won competition for his charity the Magic Johnson Foundation for AIDS and HIV research

2010

Featured in the documentary "The Battle for Late Night"

2003

Hosted revamped "Star Search" (CBS)

1998

Co-starred on CBS series "Martial Law"; first appeared in recurring role then eventually made into series regular

1997

Returned to TV as star of short-lived midseason replacement sitcom "Arsenio" (ABC)

1995

Signed exclusive contract with Paramount which ran through 1995

1993

First feature as an executive producer, "Bopha!"

1989

Hosted and executive produced late night talk and variety program "The Arsenio Hall Show" (Syndicated)

1989

Re-teamed with writer, director, and star Murphy in "Harlem Nights"

1988

Appeared as a guest on "The Tonight Show" on July 21; soon thereafter negotiated contract to star in and executive produce his own syndicated show

1988

Cast as Eddie Murphy's sidekick in comedy feature "Coming to America"; also played several other roles

1987

Hosted "The Late Show" for nearly three months (from mid-August through early November) after original host Joan Rivers left the program; based on his success, Paramount tried to convince him to appear on his own latenight talk show

1987

Made feature film debut in a segment of the comic anthology "Amazon Women on the Moon"

1986

Landed regular comedy spot on the syndicated pop music show "Solid Gold"

1985

Appeared on the NBC summer series "Motown Revue"

1985

Guest starred on "New Love, American Style" (ABC)

1983

Hosted the short-lived ABC show "The Half Hour Comedy Hour"

1979

Moved to Chicago; switched to stand-up comedy

1965

Became interested in magic at age 7; later performed at birthday parties, weddings and bar mitzvahs; also led to an appearance on local TV special "The Magic of Christmas" (date approximate)

Discovered at a Chicago nightclub by singer Nancy Wilson

Worked as an opening act for performers including Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones, Patti LaBelle, Wayne Newton, and Tim Turner

Began a career in advertising

Formed production company, Arsenio Hall Communications

Bonus Trivia

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"He attracts a 50/50 black and white crowd, heavier on women. This makes him fret again: 'Why am I not a guy's guy? Jay Leno and Dave (Letterman) have better demos when it comes to men. No more sensitivity.'" – Hall to Jeannie Williams USA Today, Jan. 10, 1992

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Hall received a honorary human letter doctorate from Central State University, Wilberforce, OH in 1992.

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