Nov. 19th, 1933
Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Larry King is an American television and radio host whose work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys and ten Cable ACE Awards.
He began as a local Florida journalist and radio interviewer in the 1950s and 1960s and became prominent as an all-night national radio broadcaster starting in 1978. From 1985 to 2010, he hosted the nightly interview television program Larry King Live on CNN. He currently hosts Larry King Now on Hulu and a weekly talk show on RT television network.
He was born Lawrence Leibel Harvey Zeiger in Brooklyn, New York City, New York to an Austrian immigrant Edward Jonaton Zeiger, a restaurant owner and defense plant worker, and his wife Jennie (Gitlitz), a garment worker, who emigrated from Belarus. Both parents were Orthodox Jews.
King's father died at 44 of heart disease, and his mother had to go on welfare to support her two sons. His father's death greatly affected King, and he lost interest in school. After graduating from high school, he worked to help support his mother. He never went to college. From an early age, however, he had wanted to go into radio.
- Says his favorite quote is actually a put-down: "Before they made you they broke the mold."
- Mentioned in the 'Mojo Nixon' (qv) song "619-239-KING".
- He used Larry King as a stage name on the advice that his original surname, Zeiger, sounded "too Jewish".
- Engaged to minister Rama Fox (1992-95).
- The King-Southwick Mormon-Jewish wedding ceremony was celebrated in the Beverly Hills garden of actress 'Deborah Raffin' (qv). Stellar wedding guests included 'Ted Turner (I)' (qv) (Best Man), 'Jane Fonda' (qv), 'Al Pacino' (qv), 'Beverly D'Angelo' (qv), 'Don Rickles' (qv), etc.
- Father of 'Larry King Jr.' (qv) with first wife, Annette.
- Features in the 1996 paperback "Mug Shots" that includes many other celebrities who've been arrested for one reason or another.
- (9 March 1999) Son, with wife 'Shawn Southwick' (qv), Chance Armstrong King born (March 9, 1999).