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Larry King biography: 13 things about Lawrence Harvey Zeiger


Professionally known as Larry King, Lawrence Harvey Zeiger was a talk show host born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

King’s parents were Jewish immigrants. His father Edward Zeiger was from Ukraine while his mother Jennie Gitlitz Zeiger was from Lithuania.

Aside from hosting, King also appeared as himself in numerous television series and movies. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was greatly influenced by his father especially when it comes to his love for sports. He was 10 years old when his father died of a heart attack. (a)
  2. He was a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers, a Major League baseball team active primarily in the National League from 1884 until 1957. The club later moved to Los Angeles, California and became the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2004, he wrote a book titled “Why I Love Baseball.” (a)
  3. In 1957, he started working as a disc jockey at WAHR-AM, a radio station licensed to Miami Beach, Florida, USA. His boss at the station told him to not use his surname because people would neither remember nor correctly spell it. The station has been renamed WMET then WMBM. (a)
  4. He was married to Alene Atkins from 1961 to 1963, to Mickey Sutphin from 1964 to 1966, to Akins again from 1967 to 1971, to Sharon Lepore from 1976 to 1982, to Julie Alexander from 1989 to 1992 and Shawn Southwick from 1997 to 2019. (a) He and Atkins had two children namely Andy King and Chaia King. Andy died of a heart attack on July 28, 2020. Chaia died on August 20, 2020 shortly after her lung cancer diagnosis. (c)
  5. As an actor, he played Sleepy Sam in “Miami Undercover” Season 1 episode 1 “The Thrush,” which aired on January 23, 1961, and Tom Bettleheim in “Clubhouse” Season 1 episode 4 “Trade Talks,” which aired on October 19, 2004. He played a driver in “All Kids Count” in 2011, Coach Handsey in “Dude Bro Party Massacre III” in 2015 and Fear in “Debbie and Doug Drop Acid in the Desert” in 2019. He also voiced the ugly stepsister in “Shrek 2” in 2004 and Doris in “Shrek the Third” in 2007 and “Shrek Forever After” in 2010. (d)
  6. In 1965, he worked for the Miami Herald as a columnist. (a)
  7. In 1971, he was accused of stealing money from a former friend, arrested and charged with grand larceny. The charges were dropped in 1972. (a) (c)
  8. From 1978 to 1994, he hosted the national radio talk show “The Larry King Show,” which won a Peabody Award in 1982. (a) (c)
  9. He hosted “Larry King Live,” which aired on CNN from June 3, 1985 to December 16, 2010. He left CNN in 2011. (a) (c) 
  10. In 1987, he underwent quintuple bypass surgery. It inspired him to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, which helps patients with no insurance. (a)
  11. He hosted “Larry King Now,” which premiered on Hulu in 2012, and “PoliticKING with Larry King,” which premiered in 2013. (c)
  12. In 2009, his autobiography “My Remarkable Journey” was published. (b)
  13. In December 2020, he was hospitalized with new coronavirus (COVID-19) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, USA. He died there on the morning of January 23, 2021. He was 87. (a)



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