Alan King Biography

Alan king was one of the most famous 20th century comedian and satirist. Read on to know more about Alan king’s profile, childhood, life and timeline in this biography.

Alan King

Quick Facts

Gender: Male
Birthday: 26 December 1927
Died: 09 May 2004
Nationality: American
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Alan king started his career with one-liner routines and made his film debut in 1955. Some of the most notable films of Alan King include Notable films include Bye Bye Braverman, Miracle in the Rain, Just Tell Me What You Want, and Enemies: A Love Story. He wrote five books, such as Anyone Who Owns His Own Home Deserves It, Help! I'm a Prisoner in Chinese Bakery etc. Apart from these King made several appearances on television including the Ed Sullivan and The Perry Como Show and also wrote several books. Alan King was born on December 25, 1927 in a Jewish family in New York City. At the age of 14, King performed for the first time on radio. In his childhood kings family shifted from Manhattan's Lower East Side to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. He left school at the age of fifteen and performed at a hotel at the Catskill Mountains. He also worked as a professional boxer and went on to win 20 straight fights before eventually losing. Suffering from physical injuries King finally embarked on his acting career. Initially he was employed as a doorman at the popular nightclub Leon and Eddie's and kept performing on stage under the name ‘King’, which was the last name of the boxer to whom Alan lost. Alan King became renowned for his opening acts for some of the most popular celebrities including Tony Martin, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine, Lena Horne and Patti Page. After displaying his talent as an extraordinary comedian, King expanded his horizon and played the roles of gangsters in movies such as Casino and Night and the City. He also played a major role in Memories of Me which marked the culmination of King’s acting career. In 1961 he was appointed as the Master of Ceremonies for President John F. Kennedy's inauguration and in 1972 hosted the Oscars. King received the award for American Jewish humor from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture in 1988. Later, the award was named after him. In 1947 Alan king got married to Jeanette Sprung. The couple had three children. The couple had three children, Andrew, Robert, and Elainie Ray. After the birth of their children King along with his wife moved to Forest Hills, Queens. He later shifted to Great Neck, Long Island, and lived there for the remaining of his life. His stay in the suburbs had a great influence in developing King’s genre of comedy. King died on May 9, 2004 when he was 77. He was suffering from lung cancer.

Legacy

King was the founder of the chair in dramatic arts at Brandeis University. Throughout his life time he remained involved in charity work and founded the Alan King Medical Center in Jerusalem and raised funds for other charitable organizations. He was the one who initiated the Laugh Well program, under which comedians perform at the hospitals for the patients. In the 1970s, apart from initiating a pro tennis tournament at Caesars Palace Las Vegas which is known as the the Alan King Tennis Classic king also started the Toyota Comedy Festival.

Films

Hit the Deck (1955)
Miracle in the Rain (1956)
On the Fiddle, 1961
How To Pick Up Girls, 1978
Cat's Eye, 1985
Night and the City, 1992
Mind the Gap (2004)

Stage

Guys and Dolls
The Impossible Years

Television

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind, 1990
Great Performances - The World of Jewish Humor, 1990

Timeline

1927: Alan king December was born on December 26, New York City, USA.
1947: king got married to Jeanette Sprung
1961: He was appointed as the Master of Ceremonies for President John F. Kennedy's inauguration.
1972: He hosted the Oscars.
1988: King received the award for American Jewish humor from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.
1988: He played a major role in Memories of Me which marked the culmination of King’s acting career.
2004: King passed away on May 9, when he was 77.

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