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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 12, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, TV host, comedian, producer, advertising

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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. ...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Black Dynamite (2009)
3.
 Igor (2008)
4.
 Heckler (2008)
5.
 Blankman (1994) Himself
6.
 Harlem Nights (1989) Crying Man
7.
 Coming to America (1988) Extremely Ugly Girl; Morris; Reverend Brown; Semmi
8.
 Amazon Women On The Moon (1987) Apartment Victim ("Mondo Condo")
9.
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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)
:
Began a career in advertising
1979:
Moved to Chicago; switched to stand-up comedy
:
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
1983:
Hosted the short-lived ABC show "The Half Hour Comedy Hour"
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)
1987:
Made feature film debut in a segment of the comic anthology "Amazon Women on the Moon"
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
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
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"
1995:
Signed exclusive contract with Paramount which ran through 1995
:
Formed production company, Arsenio Hall Communications
1993:
First feature as an executive producer, "Bopha!"
1997:
Returned to TV as star of short-lived midseason replacement sitcom "Arsenio" (ABC)
1998:
Co-starred on CBS series "Martial Law"; first appeared in recurring role then eventually made into series regular
2003:
Hosted revamped "Star Search" (CBS)
2010:
Featured in the documentary "The Battle for Late Night"
2012:
Competed on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice"; won competition for his charity the Magic Johnson Foundation for AIDS and HIV research
2013:
A new version of "The Arsenio Hall Show" premieres
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Education

Ohio University: Athens , Ohio -
Kent State University: Kent , Ohio -

Notes

"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.'"--Jeannie Williams (USA TODAY, January 10, 1992)

Hall received a honorary human letter doctorate from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio (1992)

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father:
Fred Hall. Preacher. Pastor of the Elizabeth Baptist Church on Holton Avenue of Cleveland; was 20 years older than his wife.
mother:
Anne Hall. She and Hall's father separated by the time Hall was six.

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