Larry king was born November 19, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City to Orthodox Jewish parents. He started his broadcast career as a disc jockey in Miami, Florida on WAHR (now WMBM) May 1, 1957.
Later he started doing interviews in Pumpernik’s Restaurant on Miami Beach for WIOD. His first celebrity interview guest was Bobby Darin. He also got the job of color commentator for the Miami Dolphins in 1970 and 1971 and had a sports show called “Sports-a-la-King”.
On January 30, 1978 he started The Larry King Show. In June 1985, he started Larry King Live on CNN where he would retire from in 2010 after 6000 episodes of the show. Since then he has done occasional specials on CNN and in May 2013 he started Ora-TV which aired on HULU.
For his CNN show Larry made the Guinness Book of World Records for “the longest-running television show hosted by the same person, on the same network and in the same time slot”.
During his entire career he did more than 60,000 interviews. Among these he interviewed the likes of Marlon Brando, The Beatles Reunion (Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison), Jerry Seinfeld, Liza Minnelli, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Janet Jackson, Frank Sinatra, O.J. Simpson, Mariah Carey,
Barbara Streisand, Beyonce, Cher, Buzz Aldrin, Ronald Reagan, to name very few. Larry King passed away on January 23, 2021 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being admitted two weeks earlier with Covid-19. He was 87 years old.