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Overview (3)

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameLawrence Harvey Zeiger
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Larry King was born on November 19, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Lawrence Harvey Zeiger. He is a producer and actor, known for Enemy of the State (1998), Ghostbusters (1984) and Bee Movie (2007). He has been married to Shawn Ora Engemann since September 5, 1997. They have two children. He was previously married to Julie Alexander, Sharon Lepore, Alene Akins, Mickey Sutphin, Annette Kaye and Freda Miller.

Spouse (7)

Shawn Ora Engemann (5 September 1997 - present) ( 2 children)
Julie Alexander (7 October 1989 - 1992) ( divorced)
Sharon Lepore (25 September 1976 - 1984) ( divorced)
Alene Akins (19 April 1963 - 6 December 1966) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Mickey Sutphin (March 1962 - 1963) ( divorced)
Annette Kaye (October 1960 - 1962) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Freda Miller (1952 - 1958) ( annulled)

Trade Mark (1)

Variety of suspenders

Trivia (37)

Says his favorite quote is actually a put-down: "Before they made you they broke the mold."
His son, with wife Shawn Ora Engemann, Chance Armstrong King was born. [March 1999]
His second son, with wife Shawn Ora Engemann, Cannon Edward King was born. [May 2000]
Features in the 1996 paperback "Mug Shots" that includes many other celebrities who've been arrested for one reason or another.
Mentioned in the Mojo Nixon song "619-239-KING".
He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.
Was named as "King of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1995
Engaged to minister Rama Fox (1992-1995).
The King-Southwick Mormon-Jewish wedding ceremony was celebrated in the Beverly Hills garden of actress Deborah Raffin. Stellar wedding guests included Ted Turner (Best Man), Jane Fonda, Al Pacino, Beverly D'Angelo, Don Rickles, etc.
Type II Diabetic
Underwent surgery on March 16, 2007 to unblock a carotid artery at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
He used Larry King as a stage name on the advice that his original surname, Zeiger, sounded "too Jewish".
Son Andy (b. 1962) and daughter Chaia (b. 1969), with Alene Akins.
Son-in-law of Karl Engemann and Jerri Engemann.
Father of Larry King Jr. with first wife, Annette.
Never prepares for interviews. His reasoning is that the average audience member knows little or nothing about a given show guest, so he prefers to begin as they would begin, and learn about the guest during the course of the show.
Brother-in-law of Shannon Engemann.
He and Shawn Ora Engemann filed for divorce on April 14, 2010. They reconciled in July the same year and both filed petitions to dismiss their divorce.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6616 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
celebrating his 40 years in broadcasting. [May 1997]
Release of his book, "The People's Princess: Cherished Memories of Diana, Princess of Wales, From Those Who Knew Her Best". [2007]
Release of his book, "My Remarkable Journey". [2009]
Release of his book, "Why I Love Baseball" by Larry with 'Julie McCarron'. [2004]
Release of his book, "Anything Goes!: What I've Learned From Pundits, Politicians and Presidents" by Larry with Pat Piper. [2000]
His parents were both Jewish immigrants. His mother, Jennie (Gitlitz), was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, and his father, Aaron Zeiger, was born in Kolomyia, Ukraine.
Was a 3-pack-a-day smoker for 30 years until his heart attack (February 1987). King underwent quintuple-bypass surgery after which he quit smoking completely.
Father Aaron died when Larry was 10 years old.
Attended Brooklyn's Lafayette High School.
Priscilla Presley has been a guest on his program 8 times.
In June 1997 he underwent angioplasty to repair a blocked vein.
Has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame of both Broadcasting Magazine and the National Association of Broadcasters.
Chairs the Larry King Cardiac Foundation which awards grants to individuals suffering from heart disease to help pay for medical treatment.
Older brother Irwin died in 1932 at age 6 from appendicitis, before Larry was conceived.
Was engaged to Deanna Lund in 1995.
Stepfather of Danny Southwick Jr. (born 1981).
Went on one date with Katie Couric in the 1980s. They did not consummate it.
Dated Angie Dickinson for a few years in the 1980s.

Personal Quotes (3)

I never think of access or good will. I just want a good interview. I want guests to be informative and entertaining. I've never been concerned about someone's liking me tomorrow.
I'm from Brooklyn. In Brooklyn, if you say, 'I'm dangerous', you'd better be dangerous.
If at first you don't succeed, punt.

Salary (4)

Larry King Live (1985) $35,000,000 (1998-2002)
Larry King Live (1985) $28,000,000 (2006-2009)
Larry King Live (1985) $28,000,000 -$32,000,000 (2003-2006)
Larry King Live (1985) $7,000,000 /year (2009)

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