Lawrence Harvey Zeiger, better known as Larry King, a man with a star-studded profile and no less a creative bone. Larry was born to Orthodox Jews parents, on the 19th of November, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York.
Larry King Bio: Age, Early Life, Education
Larry’s father’s death, when he was only nine, disheartened him greatly and drew him away from school and he was hardly able to graduate from the Lafayette High School, discarding any opportunity for higher studies. After graduating, he started working in order to support his mother and his younger brother, Marty Zieger.
Larry King Career Details
Even though Larry had dreamed of a career in radio ever since he was a kid, but at that time, it seemed to him that perhaps he would never get any closer to accomplishing that dream.
It was not until Larry turned twenty-two when he gave in to the burning desire to reach his potential. Larry met a CBS staff announcer and decided to chase his dreams and therefore left Brooklyn and moved to Miami to pursue a career in radio.
He scored his first job at a small radio station in Miami Beach, WAHR. Where on the 1st of May in 1957, he became Larry King for the first time when he tried his hand on air and took the microphone as a morning DJ. After WAHR, Larry joined the station WIOD as an interviewer and within his first week, he scored a celebrity interview with singer Bobby Darin. Less than two years later, Larry started working for WKAT. That was when, at the suggestion of his manager, he legally changed his name to Larry King and started gaining the public esteem, officially with that name. In the 1970s, Larry became the host of a sports talk-show, featuring notable guests, “Sports-a-la-King”.
Larry has come a long way to get where he is today. With ample fame came ample hardships. During the early 70s, because of legal troubles, Larry had to go off the air for three years. In 1971, he was even arrested with a charge of grand larceny.
Instead of trying to eliminate his troubles and tire himself, he learnt to grow with them. And never gave up. In 1985 Larry started hosting his very own show “Larry King Live” on CNN that lasted for Twenty five years. According to the network, Larry interviewed over 40,000 people on that show. The final show of the “Larry King Live” aired on the 16th of December, 2010. Larry concluded the show with the earnest words, “I… I, I don’t know what to say except to you, my audience, thank you. And instead of goodbye, how about so long?” The show ended after airing successfully for a quarter-century.
In the March of 2012, Larry co-founded a production company, the “Ora TV”. And on the 17th of July, 2012, he started hosting his new show, “Larry King Now”.
From 2013 to 2015, Larry hosted an educational television series, called, “In View with Larry King”. The show was carried on various well established cable television networks.
Throughout his career, Larry has won many awards. He was nominated for eight News and Documentary Emmy Awards and won Two. He won various other awards like the Ace Awards, Peabody Award, the Unity Award, and the Golden Plate Award to name a few. In 2011, Larry was also honored with the prestigious lifetime achievement award for all his services in empowering credulity. Larry even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records, with his show being the longest-running show with the same host.
While continuing with radio and television, Larry wrote his first ever column for the regular newspaper USA Today continued to do so for almost twenty years. He remained an active writer and wrote columns for well known papers like Miami Beach Sun Reporter, The Miami Herald, and The Miami News.
Larry King Marriage Details
Larry has been married to six women, seven times in his life. Over the course of his seven marriages, Larry had five children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Larry King Health Problems And Death
On February 24, Larry had his first heart attack. He admits that before that day he never thought he would die. He faced major heart problems, including several heart attacks and quintuple bypass surgery. This is mainly the reason behind him starting the Larry King Cardiac Foundation. He established it to help those people who could not afford costly cardiac treatments. In this, and in so many other ways, Larry continues to prove that he has a very good heart.