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Also Known As: Lawrence Harvey Zeiger Died:
Born: November 19, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: columnist, talk show host, broadcaster, writer, actor, delivery boy, mail clerk

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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.

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.

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1.
 Decoding Deepak (2012)
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 Swing Vote (2008)
5.
 Shrek the Third (2007)
6.
 Bee Movie (2007)
7.
 Last Mogul, The (2005) Cast
8.
 Shrek 2 (2004) Voice Of The Ugly Stepsister
9.
 Mr. 3000 (2004) Himself
10.
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Raised in Brooklyn, New York
1957:
Worked as a disc jockey at WAHR radio in Miami
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Moved to station WKAT; hosted show from Pumpernick's Restaurant
1960:
Hosted "Miami Undercover" on WPST-TV channel 10 (now WPLG)
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Hosted a late-night talk show on WLBW
1964:
Began hosting a weekend show on WTVJ
1965:
Hired as columnist by <i>Miami Herald</i> to replace Walter Winchell
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
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Handled commentary for WIOD Radio's broadcasts of the Miami Dolphin's football games
1971:
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
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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 <i>Esquire</i> magazine
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Returned to radio as the color commentator for broadcasts of the Shreveport Steamer of the World Football League on KWKH
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Rehired by WIOD in Miami to host a talk show
1978:
Hosted the national radio show, "The Larry King Show" on the Mutual Radio Network
1983:
Made first foray into TV talk with 90-minute syndicated show
1985:
Began hosting the long running CNN talk show, "Larry King Live"
1994:
Began simulcasting his CNN show on the Mutual/Westwood One Radio Network
1997:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (May)
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"
2002:
Signed another four year contract with CNN valued at between $7-$8 million per year
2004:
Voiced The Ugly Stepsister in the animated feature "Shrek 2"
2005:
Signed a new four-year, $28 million deal with CNN that will keep "Larry King Live" on the air through 2009
2007:
Reprised role of Doris, The Ugly Stepsister in "Shrek the Third"
2009:
Published his autobiography, <i>My Remarkable Journey</i>
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Education

Lafayette High School: Brooklyn , New York - 1951

Notes

Not to be confused with actor, author and playwright Larry L King (1929- ) who wrote "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas".

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

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

"If at first you don't succeed, punt." --Larry King in Vanity Fair, June 1995.

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

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wife:
Frada Miller. Married after high school graduation c. 1953; marriage annulled.
wife:
Alene Akins. Former <i>Playboy</i> bunny. Married in 1961; divorced in 1963; remarried in 1967; divorced again in 1971; mother of King's daughter Chaia and King's adopted son Andy.
wife:
Mickey Sutphin. Married in 1964; divorced in 1968; mother of King's daughter Kelly, who was subsequently adopted by Sutphin's new husband.
wife:
Sharon Lepore. Production assistant, former math teacher. Married in 1976; divorced in 1983.
companion:
Angie Dickinson. Actor. Together c. 1983 until c. 1988.
wife:
Julia Alexander. Married in 1989; separated in 1990; divorced in 1992; King later sued her for slander; case settled in 1994 with order to seal court records.
companion:
Rama Fox. Minister. Announced engagement in 1992; separated by 1995; King and Fox later entered into litigation over financial matters.
companion:
Deanna Lund. Former actor. Announced engagement in 1995; no longer together.
wife:
Shawn Southwick. Singer, model, TV host. Mormon met in early 1997; married on September 5, 1997; married twice previously, once to public relations executive Michael Levine; has son (born c. 1981) from first marriage.
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father:
Eddie Zeiger. Defense plant worker. Russian immigrant co-owned a bar-and-grill with his wife; died of a heart attack at age 44 in June 1944.
mother:
Jennie Zeiger. Garment worker. Russian immigrant; co-owned bar-and-grill with her husband; died in 1976.
brother:
Irwin Zieger. Died in 1932 at age 6 from appendicitis.
brother:
Marty Zieger. Younger.
nephew:
Scott Ziegler. Theatrical producer. Born c. 1959.
son:
Larry King Jr. Born c. 1962; King was not married to his mother; re-entered King's life c. 1991.
son:
Andy King. Soccer coach. Mother, Alene Akins; from her first marriage; adopted by King.
daughter:
Chaia King. Production assistant. Born 1967; mother Alene Akins.
daughter:
Kelly. Mother Mickey Sutphin; adopted by Sutphin's subsequent husband; estranged from King.
son:
Chance Armstrong King. Born on March 9, 1999; mother, Shawn Southwick-King.
son:
Cannon Edward King. Born in 2000; mother, Shawn Southwick.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Larry King By Larry King" Simon & Schuster
"Tell It to the King" G.P. Putnam's Sons
"'Mr. King, You're Having a Heart Attack': How a Heart Attack and Bypass Surgery Changed My Life" Delacorte
"Larry King, Tell Me More" G.P. Putnam's Sons
"Powerful Prayers" Renaissance Books
"Anything Goes! What I've Learned From Pundits, Politicians, and Presidents" Warner Books
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