Larry King

Talk show host, Columnist, Broadcaster
Dubbed "the Muhammad Ali of the broadcast interview," the Larry King was an American journalist, broadcaster and the suspender-wearing host of "Larry King Live" (CNN, 1985-2011), one of the longest running and most ... Read more »
Born: 11/19/1933 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (117)

Conan 2011, 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Gravity Falls 2012, 2016 (Tv Show)

Voice

Join or Die With Craig Ferguson 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Chloe & Theo 2015 (Movie)

Larry King (Actor)

Deli Man 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Catching Kringle 2014 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Murder in the First 2014 (Tv Show)

Herself

Glickman 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

When Comedy Went To School 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Decoding Deepak 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Better With You 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2009, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Daily Show 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Big Love 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Outlaw 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shrek Forever After 2010 (Movie)

Doris (Voice)

30 Rock 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Swing Vote 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ugly Betty 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Bee Larry King (Actor)

Shark 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shrek the Third 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Doris (Actor)

The Closer 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Larry King Live 1984 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Last Mogul 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Clubhouse 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mr. 3000 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Shrek 2 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Ugly Stepsister (Actor)

The Stepford Wives 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

10th Annual Trumpet Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

30 By 30: Kid Flicks -- Party Animals 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Arli$$ 1997, 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Everybody Loves Raymond: The First Six Years 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love Lucy -- 50th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie Gleason: The Great One 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

John Q. 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Practice 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

America's Sweethearts 2001 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Disney's The Kid 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Lynda Carter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh? 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Contender 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Dr. Laura Schlessinger 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

American Comedy Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Burn, Hollywood, Burn 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Enemy of the State 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Primary Colors 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Coach 1987 - 1992, 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Contact 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Frasier 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Larry King Talking With David Frost 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder One 1987 - 1992, 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1987 - 1992, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 1987 - 1992, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Wars: The Magic and the Mystery 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Jackal 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Very Personal With Naomi Judd 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

1996 ShoWest Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Host

Muppets Tonight 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1995 Billboard Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

The Bonnie Hunt Show 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Larry King 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

The UFO Cover-up: Live From Area 51 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Year in Review -- Larry King Live 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

People's 20th Birthday 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1991, 1994 (Tv Show)

Voice

Dave 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Donahue: The 25th Anniversary 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Larry King TNT Extra (03/03/93) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 (Movie)

of Larry King (Voice)

Larry King TNT Extra (07/22/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Larry King TNT Extra (10/21/91) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Dave 1987 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Larry King TNT Extra (04/29/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sunday Night With Larry King 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1990 Miss America Pageant 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Crazy People 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 1990 Goodwill Games 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The America's Choice Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Presenter

William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist III 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Night of Soviet Television 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 10th Annual ACE Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

The 9th Annual ACE Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Ghostbusters 1984 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Perfect Day (TV Show)

Actor

Shot Heard 'Round the World (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Christmas Eve 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sunday Night With Larry King 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Biography

Dubbed "the Muhammad Ali of the broadcast interview," the Larry King was an American journalist, broadcaster and the suspender-wearing host of "Larry King Live" (CNN, 1985-2011), one of the longest running and most viewed interview programs on television. Over the course of his 50 years in broadcasting, King interviewed more than 40,000 individuals, including every American president since Gerald Ford; a joint interview with PLO chief Yassir Arafat, King Hussein of Jordan, and Yitzhak Rabin of Israel; and a debate between Al Gore and Ross Perot that earned the highest ratings in the history of CNN. Detractors labeled King's style as "softball," but viewers, critics and broadcast organizations consistently lauded him throughout his long, successful run.

Relationships

Kelly

Daughter
Mother, Mickey Sutphin; later adopted by Sutphin's next husband; was estranged from King

Alene Akins

Wife
Married April 19, 1963 Divorced Dec. 6, 1966 Re-married 1967 Divorced a second time 1972

Julie Alexander

Wife
Married Oct. 7, 1989 Divorced 1992 King later sued her for slander; case settled 1994

Angie Dickinson Actor

Companion
Dated 1983-88 No longer together

Rama Fox

Companion
Briefly engaged 1992 Split 1995 Couple later entered into litigation over financial matters

Annette Kaye

Wife
Married 1960 Divorced 1961

Chaia King

Daughter
Born 1969; mother Alene Akins

Andy King

Son
Mother, Alene Akins; from Akins' first marriage Adopted by King

Cannon King

Son
Born May 22, 2000; mother, Shawn Southwick

Chance King

Son
Born March 9, 1999; mother, Shawn Southwick

Larry King

Son
Born 1962; mother, Annette Kaye Re-entered King's life c. 1991

Sharon Lepore

Wife
Married Sept. 25, 1976 Divorced 1984

Deanna Lund Actor

Companion
Briefly engaged 1995 No longer together

Freda Miller

Wife
Married after high school graduation 1952 Marriage later annulled

Shawn Southwick Actor

Wife
Married Sept. 5, 1997 in Jewish-Mormon inter-faith ceremony King reportedly filed for divorce April 14, 2010 Announced May 2010 they have reconciled and halted separation

Mary Sutphin

Wife
Married 1963 Divorced 1963

Eddie Zeiger

Father
Russian immigrant; co-owned a bar and grill with wife Died June 1944 at age 44 of colon cancer

Jennie Zeiger

Mother
Russian immigrant; co-owned bar and grill with husband Died 1976

Irwin Zieger

Brother
Died 1932 at age 6 from appendicitis

Marty Zieger

Brother
Younger

Scott Ziegler

Nephew
Born c. 1959

EDUCATION

Lafayette High School

Brooklyn , New York 1951

Milestones

2009

Published his autobiography, My Remarkable Journey

2007

Reprised role of Doris, The Ugly Stepsister in "Shrek the Third"

2005

Signed a new four-year, $28 million deal with CNN that will keep "Larry King Live" on the air through 2009

2004

Voiced The Ugly Stepsister in the animated feature "Shrek 2"

2002

Signed another four year contract with CNN valued at between $7-$8 million per year

1998

Signed new five-year contract with CNN for a reported $7 million per year

1998

Appeared as himself during two fictionalized airings of his show in the Mike Nichols directed "Primary Colors"

1997

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (May)

1994

Began simulcasting his CNN show on the Mutual/Westwood One Radio Network

1985

Began hosting the long running CNN talk show, "Larry King Live"

1983

Made first foray into TV talk with 90-minute syndicated show

1978

Hosted the national radio show, "The Larry King Show" on the Mutual Radio Network

1970

Charged with grand larceny; charges were later dropped because the statute of limitations had run out, but King pled no contest to one of 14 charges of passing bad checks

1968

Became involved with financier Lou Wolfson in scheme to bankroll New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison's investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy

1965

Hired as columnist by Miami Herald to replace Walter Winchell

1964

Began hosting a weekend show on WTVJ

1960

Hosted "Miami Undercover" on WPST-TV channel 10 (now WPLG)

1957

Worked as a disc jockey at WAHR radio in Miami

Hosted a late-night talk show on WLBW

Moved to station WKAT; hosted show from Pumpernick's Restaurant

Handled commentary for WIOD Radio's broadcasts of the Miami Dolphin's football games

Raised in Brooklyn, New York

Rehired by WIOD in Miami to host a talk show

Returned to radio as the color commentator for broadcasts of the Shreveport Steamer of the World Football League on KWKH

Because of legal troubles, King was off the air for three years; during that time he was the PR director at a race track in Louisiana and wrote some articles for Esquire magazine

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with Larry L. King (1929- ) the playwright of the stage and film musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"

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King has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame of both Broadcasting Magazine and the National Association of Broadcasters.

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King chairs the Larry King Cardiac Foundation which awards grants to individuals suffering from heart disease to help pay for medical treatment.

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King underwent angioplasty to repair a blocked vein in June 1997.

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In the early 1970s, Larry was entangled in legal and financial troubles. He was arrested on Dec. 20, 1971 and charged with grand larceny. The charges stemmed from a deal he had made with Louis Wolfson, who had been convicted of selling unregistered stock in 1968.The larceny charge was later dropped because the statute of limitations had run out. But King pled no contest to one of 14 charges of passing bad checks. As a result of these troubles, he was off the air for three years.

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On February 24, 1987, King suffered a major heart attack and then had quintuple-bypass surgery.

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On June 29, 2010, King announced he was ending his nightly show "Larry King Live" after 25 years on the air.

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