Born November 29, 1933, CNN mainstay Larry King reshaped the landscape of broadcast journalism when his talk show Larry King Live debuted in June 1985; that program's groundbreaking admixture of cutting-edge political discussion, incisive celebrity-directed Q & A, and viewer phone-in rocked the world and drew an audience of tens of millions. By 2007 -- King's 22nd year on cable and his 50th year in broadcasting -- the CNN website revealed that King had chalked up 40,000 interviews, including one with every United States president since Gerald Ford. Uncoincidentally, that was the same year King achieved an honor claimed by very few: a city block -- the street surrounding the CNN building -- was christened "Larry King Square" in his honor. King lent his voice to several animated features including Bee Movie (2007), Shrek the Third (2007), and Shrek Forever after (2010).
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Not related to playwright Larry L. King (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas).
- Changed name in 1957 after he replaced a Miami disc jockey.
- Made headlines in February 1992 when Ross Perot announced his bid for the Presidency on Larry King Live.
- The talk show aired on CNN from June 3, 1985 until Dec. 16, 2010. It was replaced by Piers Morgan Tonight.
- He won two Peabody awards, an Emmy and 10 CableAce awards.
- Received the Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism.
- Has interviewed more than 40,000 people.
- Founder of the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, which helps fund heart procedures for needy adults and children.
- Established a $1 million scholarship program for aspiring journalists from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Wants his body cryogenically preserved after his death.