Here's a look at the life talk-show host Larry King.
Personal: Birth date: November 19, 1933
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Birth name: Lawrence Harvey Zeiger
Father: Edward Zeiger, a restaurant owner
Mother: Jennie (Gitlitz) Zeiger
Marriages: Shawn Southwick (1997 - present); Julie Alexander (1989 - 1992, divorce); Sharon Lepore (1976 - 1982, divorce); Alene Akins (1967 - 1971, divorce); Mickey Sutphin (1964 - 1966, divorce); Alene Akins (1961 - 1963, divorce); Annette Kaye (dates unknown); Frada Miller - annulled
Children: with Shawn Southwick: Cannon Edward, May 22, 2000, Chance Armstrong, March 19, 1999 and Danny Southwick (stepson), 1981; with Alene Akins: Andy (adopted), Chaia, 1967; with Mickey Sutphin: Kelly, (Sutphin's next husband adopted her); with Annette Kaye: Larry Jr., 1962
Other Facts: Details of King's 1971 arrest: Financier Lou Wolfson gave King $5,000 to give to Jim Garrison, who was involved in the Kennedy assassination investigation. King allegedly spent the money paying his back taxes and was arrested for grand larceny.
At the time of the 1971 arrest Larry was working as WIOD disc jockey and color commentator for the Miami Dolphins games, WTV talk show host and columnist for the Miami Beach Sun-Reporter. The scandal surrounding the arrest and his involvement with then-jailed Wolfson cost King his career. He was fired from each position but never prosecuted due the statute of limitations.
Surviving heart problems, including several heart attacks and quintuple bypass surgery in 1987, lead King to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to help those without insurance afford medical treatment. Marriage to Shawn Southwick took place at UCLA Medical Center as King was being admitted for chest pains and just before undergoing cardiac surgery.
He has appeared as himself in numerous films and television programs and has published over twenty books including his autography, a novel and a children's book with one of his daughters.
King has done more than 30,000 interviews, including every president from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama.
Timeline: 1957 - After changing last name from Zeiger to King, begins radio career as a disc jockey in Florida at WAHR-AM, Miami.
1958-1961 - Live audience interview show at Pumpernik's Restaurant, Miami.
1965 - Is hired as a columnist for the Miami Herald to replace Walter Winchell.
December 20, 1971- Is arrested in Miami on charges of grand larceny. King is released on his own recognizance and suspended from the radio and television stations and newspaper where he worked, pending the outcome of the charges. The charges were dismissed in March 1972 due to the statute of limitations expiration. His employers did not take him back.
1972-1975 - Leaves Florida and becomes a freelance writer and broadcaster in Louisiana. Also does public relations work for a racetrack.
1978 - Returns to Miami and to WIOD radio. King joins the Miami News as a columnist and returns to TV as an interviewer.
January 30, 1978 - "The Larry King Show", a nationally syndicated late-night radio talk show, debuts in 28 cities. In five years it is in 118 cities.