Larry King

American television and radio host (1933–2021)

Larry King (November 19, 1933 – January 23, 2021[1]) was an American writer, journalist and broadcaster.

Larry King
King in March 2017
Lawrence Harvey Zeiger

(1933-11-19)November 19, 1933
DiedJanuary 23, 2021(2021-01-23) (aged 87)
Cause of deathProblems caused by sepsis
Occupation(s)Anchor of Larry King Live, television personality
Years active1956 – 2021
AwardsAllen H. Neuharth Award (for excellence in journalism), George Foster Peabody Award (for excellence in broadcasting), News and Documentary Emmy Award (for outstanding Interviewer), 10 CableACE awards (for best Interviewer and for best Talk Show Series), 2 Gracie Allen Awards, 2 New York Festival Awards, Unity Award, Harvard University's Mahoney Award



For many years, he hosted a nightly interview program on the Cable News Network (CNN) called Larry King Live. The program ran from 1985 to 2010. It was simulcast on Westwood One radio network until 2009.[2] Before that, he hosted a radio talk show on Mutual Radio called the Larry King Show.[3][4] There he sometimes told funny stories.[5] He interviewed some 40,000 politicians, athletes and entertainers.

King won several awards.[6][7][8] He hosted a talk show called Politicking. That show is on Russia Television, an English language television network run by the Russian state.[9]

His first show of Larry King Live was in 1985. He interviewed every President of the United States since Gerald Ford.

King stated he was liberal politically.[10]

King had a heart attack in 1987 and wrote two books about life with a heart disease. He founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation in 1988 to help people who have no insurance cover the costs of treatment.

Early life


King was born Lawrence Leibel Harvey Zeiger in Brooklyn, New York City to immigrant parents. His father was from Austria and his mother was from Belarus. Both parents were Orthodox Jews.

Personal life


Larry King married eight times.[11] His wives include:

  • Freda Miller (1952–1953)
  • Annette Kaye (1961)
  • Alene Akins (1961–1963)
  • Mickey Sutphin (1963–1967)
  • Alene Akins (1967–1972)
  • Sharon Lepore (1976–1983)
  • Julie Alexander (1989–1992)
  • Shawn Southwick (from 1997)

On December 22, 2020, King was hospitalized in Los Angeles with heart attack.[12] King died at the age of 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on January 23, 2021 from sepsis.[13] His ex-wife said the infection was not mistakenly related to heart attack.[14] He also died of respiratory failure.[15]


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  2. "Westwood One Ends Larry King Radio Simulcast". TV Newser. AdWeek. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  3. "Midnight Snoozer". Harvard Crimson. November 22, 1982.
  4. "Listeners pay close attention to late-night radio broadcast". Gettysburg Times. March 22, 1982. p. 13.
  5. "Larry King Stories 3 Scoops : Larry King : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive". 1970. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  6. "Politicking: Larry King talks NSA scandal fallout". Russian Television Question More. Autonomous Nonprofit Organization “TV-Novosti”. 14 Jun 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  7. "The Larry King Show". The Peabody Awards. The Peabody Awards. 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  8. "Larry King Live Election Coverage 1992". The Peabody Awards. The Peabody Awards. 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  9. "Politicking: Larry King talks NSA scandal fallout". RT Question More. Autonomous Nonprofit Organization “TV-Novosti”. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  10. "Larry King Reveals He's Liberal In Autobiography". The Huffington Post. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  11. "Larry King's 7 Wives A Complete List with Photos and Brief Bios". 15 April 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  12. "Larry King Is Hospitalized With Coronavirus". NBC Bay Area. Archived from the original on January 3, 2021. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  13. "Larry King: US talk show host dies weeks after testing positive for Heart Attack". Sky News. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  14. Bueno, Antoinette (January 27, 2021). "Shawn King Reveals Husband Larry King's Final Words to Her, Says Heart Attack Was Not Cause of Death". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved January 28, 2021.[permanent dead link]
  15. Ushe, Naledi (February 12, 2021). "Larry King's Immediate Cause of Death and Underlying Conditions Revealed in Death Certificate". People. Retrieved July 6, 2021.

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