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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 12 February 1956Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Arsenio Hall was born on February 12, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Real Ghost Busters (1986), Coming to America (1988) and MTV Video Music Awards 1991 (1991).

Trivia (14)

Arsenio Hall (as a character named Chunky A) put out an album entitled "Large And In Charge." Paula Abdul, Wil Wheaton, and Ice-T are among the guests that appear on the album.
He was a member of Ohio University's forensics (competitive speech) team. The team has also had Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson) and Leon Harris (morning anchor, CNN) as members.
He appeared in a TV commercial for Tab Cola in the mid-1980s.
Graduated from Warrensville Heights High School, Warrensville Heights, Ohio.
In 1987, he was the most popular of several rotating guests who replaced Joan Rivers as host of the fledgling Fox network's new late night talk show, The Late Show (1986) after Rivers was fired. He later got his own show syndicated by Paramount, The Arsenio Hall Show (1989). Hall and Rivers are good friends, and Hall had Rivers as a guest on his new show at Paramount.
As a teenager, he was an accomplished magician.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 202-204. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Graduated from Kent State University.
M.C. at the Sheba Lounge in Chicago, late 1970s and early '80s. Praised and encouraged to pursue a professional career by singer Nancy Wilson, for whom he did an opening act.
Has one son, Arsenio Jr.
He hosted the early pilot episodes of the US daytime version of the hit game show Deal or No Deal (2005).
Was the original voice of Winston Zeddemore on the animated series The Real Ghost Busters (1986), beating out Ernie Hudson, who had played Winston in the theatrical films Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989). Hall was reportedly confused when he arrived at the audition and saw Hudson auditioning for the role Hudson originated in the films. Hall was later replaced by Buster Jones, and Jones later reprised the role in an episode of Extreme Ghostbusters (1997).
Famous for a headlining story in "Entertainment Weekly" magazine, in which he declared he would "kick Leno's ass" in the ratings when his late-night talk show went up against Jay Leno's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992). Hall's show was canceled shortly after being trampled by Leno's ratings.
Arsenio Hall has signed a deal for a new syndicated late-night talk show that premieres in the Fall of 2013 on Tribune and CBS syndicated TV stations. [June 2012]

Personal Quotes (4)

(on whether he has ever been married) No. I've never understood what the upside of marriage would be for me personally. I love being in a relationship, but marriage isn't for me.
My name is Arsenio. That's a very unique name for a black man. In Greek, it means Leroy.
If I was a guy who had never done a talk show before, you could say, 'What's this [2013] show going to be?' But this is going to look like Arsenio took a long hiatus - a long, long hiatus - but I came back, and redid the set...I'm not going to take people from Jay [Leno], from [Jimmy] Kimmel, from Conan [O'Brien]. My audience is going to come from iPads, from radios. It's going to be coming from people who don't have a talk-show host...I'm doing this for a second time, and people are saying: Is he out of his mind?
[re his new 2013 talk show] You ever seen little black girls doing double Dutch? There's always one little girl standing, waiting to get in. And you've got to get your rhythm. That's what I've been doing. I've been doing this: waiting to get back in...You need to not let that rope hit your feet. I'm making sure I'm not fat and out of shape - so I can endure.

Salary (1)

Coming to America (1988) $900,000

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