87 (passed away Jan. 23rd, 2021)
Nov. 19th, 1933
Brooklyn, New York
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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.
- Has his own talk show called _"Larry King Live" (1985)_ (qv).
- He used Larry King as a stage name on the advice that his original surname, Zeiger, sounded "too Jewish".
- He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.
- Mentioned in the 'Mojo Nixon' (qv) song "619-239-KING".
- Father of 'Larry King Jr.' (qv) with first wife, Annette.
- Son-in-law of 'Karl Engemann' (qv).
- (22 May 2000) His second son, with wife 'Shawn Southwick' (qv), Cannon Edward King was born.
- Features in the 1996 paperback "Mug Shots" that includes many other celebrities who've been arrested for one reason or another.