Alan King Biography (1927-)

Original name, Irwin Alan Kniberg (some sources spell the surname Kinberg); born December 26, 1927, in Brooklyn, NY; son of Bernard (a handbag cutter) andMinnie (maiden name, Solomon) Kniberg; married Jeanette Sprung, February 1,1947; children: Robert, Andrew, Elaine Ray. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211-1934.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Comedian, actor, producer, author
Birth Details
December 26, 1927
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind, Comedy Central, 1991-1993
  • The College of Comedy with Alan King, PBS, 1997
  • Specials
  • The ABC Comedy Hour, ABC, 1972
  • Joys (also known as Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope in "Joys),"1976
  • Judy Garland: The Concert Years, 1985
  • Harry Belafonte: Don't Stop the Carnival, 1985
  • Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz, 1985
  • Great Confrontations at the Oxford Union: Resolved That Englishmen AreFunnier than Americans, PBS, 1987
  • "An Evening with Alan King at Carnegie Hall," On Location, HBO, 1987
  • Caesar's 20th Birthday Celebration, Showtime, 1987
  • America's Tribute to Bob Hope (also known as America at Its Finest: A Tribute to the Bob Hope Cultural Center), NBC, 1988
  • The Billy Martin Celebrity Roast, syndicated, 1989
  • "The World of Jewish Humor," Great Performances, PBS, 1990
  • Super Bowl Saturday Nite, CBS, 1990
  • The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show, CBS, 1991
  • Street Scenes: New York on Film, American Movie Classics, 1992
  • HBO's 20th Anniversary--We Hardly Believe It Ourselves (also knownas HBO's 20th Anniversary Special--We Don't Believe It Ourselves), HBO, 1992
  • The 10th Annual Montreal Comedy Festival, Showtime, 1992
  • Host, "A New York Night--Live!" HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1993
  • Comic Relief VI, HBO, 1994
  • The State's 43rd Annual Halloween Special, CBS, 1995
  • The Ed Sullivan All-Star Comedy Special (also known as The VeryBest of Ed Sullivan IV), CBS, 1995
  • A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman, NBC, 1995
  • 20 Years of Comedy on HBO, HBO, 1995
  • Interviewee, "Dean Martin: Everybody Loves Somebody," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Gail Sheehy's New Passages, ABC, 1996
  • Interviewee, "Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice," American Masters, PBS, 1996
  • Interviewee, "Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies, CBS, 2000
  • The Last Days of Judy Garland: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • Appeared in Comedy Is King, NBC.
  • Pilots
  • Alan "Coop" Cooper, The Alan King Show, CBS, 1986
  • Host, "The College of Comedy with Alan King," Great Performances,PBS, 1997
  • Movies
  • Rabbi Hier, The Infiltrator (also known as In Hitler's Shadow), HBO, 1995
  • Bernie, Dad, the Angel, and Me, The Family Channel, 1995
  • Miniseries
  • Harry Lee, Seventh Avenue, NBC, 1977
  • Narrator, Baseball, ABC, 1994
  • Episodic
  • The Garry Moore Show, CBS, 1961
  • Mystery guest, What's My Line?, 1961
  • "Season Premiere," The Jack Benny Program, 1961
  • Guest host, The Kraft Music Hall, NBC, multiple appearances between 1967 and 1971
  • That's Life, ABC, multiple appearances between 1968 and 1969
  • The Jackie Gleason Show, 1969
  • "Harry and the Hoods," The Corner Bar, ABC, 1972
  • Conversation with Cassini, Arts and Entertainment, 1989
  • Dr. Ben Teitelman, "Prelude to a Bris," thirtysomething, 1990
  • Mel Bushman, "Melodrama," The Golden Girls, 1991
  • Burt Wolf/Eating Well, PBS, 1992
  • Jonathan Shapiro, "Securitate," Law and Order, NBC, 1993
  • God, "Never Can Say Goodbye: Part 2," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1998
  • Larry Lensky, "Big Hand for the Little Lady," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1999
  • Hy, "The Nanny," Family Law, CBS, 1999
  • Appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show (more than ninety appearances), The Perry Como Show, and The Bob Hope Show.
  • Other
  • Manny Shiller, How to Pick Up Girls!, ABC, 1978
  • (Uncredited) Pleasure Palace, CBS, 1980
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Executive producer, The Corner Bar, ABC, 1972-1973
  • Creator, Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind, Comedy Central, 1991
  • Executive producer, The College of Comedy with Alan King, PBS, 1997
  • Also executive producer of the series Ivan the Terrible.
  • Executive Producer; Other
  • Return to Earth, 1976
  • How to Pick Up Girls!, ABC, 1978
  • "The College of Comedy with Alan King" (pilot), Great Performances, PBS, 1997
  • Film Appearances
  • The Glenrowan Affair (also known as A Message to Kelly), British Empire, 1951
  • Member of shore patrol, Hit the Deck, 1955
  • Maguire, The Girl He Left Behind, Warner Bros., 1956
  • Sergeant Gil Parker, Miracle in the Rain, Warner Bros., 1956
  • Benny Weaver, The Helen Morgan Story (also known as Both Ends of the Candle and Why Was I Born?), Warner Bros., 1957
  • Top Sergeant Buzzer, Operation Snafu (also known as On the Fiddle and Operation Warhead), American International Pictures, 1961
  • The rabbi, Bye Bye Braverman, Warner Bros., 1968
  • Pat Angelo, The Anderson Tapes, Columbia, 1971
  • Max Herschel, Just Tell Me What You Want, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Voice, Pinocchio's Christmas, Rankin-Bass Productions, 1980
  • Prince of the City, Warner Bros., 1981
  • Kreplich, Author! Author!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • Charles Kalecki, I, the Jury, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • Dr. Vinnie Donatti, "Quitter's Inc.," Stephen King's "Cat's Eye" (also known as Cat's Eye), United Artists, 1983
  • Dr. Lionel Gross, Lovesick, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Himself, You Talkin' to Me?, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Second GenerationFilms, 1987
  • Funny (documentary), Original Cinema, 1988
  • Abe, Memories of Me, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988
  • Rabbi Lembeck, Enemies, a Love Story, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989
  • Arthur Ruskin, Bonfire of the Vanities, Warner Bros., 1990
  • "Boom-Boom" Grossman, Night and the City, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Andy Stone, Casino, Universal, 1995
  • Carl Carobelli, Under the Gun (also known as Iron Fist), [Australia], 1995
  • Voice of Supreme Commander, The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars(animated), Walt Disney Home Video, 1998
  • Let Me In, I Hear Laughter (documentary), Cinemas, 1999
  • Charlie, Saltwater, Buena Vista Ireland, 2000
  • Steven Reign, Rush Hour 2, New Line Cinema, 2001
  • Sunshine State, Sony Pictures Classics, 2001
  • Film Work
  • Executive Producer
  • Wolfen, Warner Bros., 1981
  • Producer
  • Happy Birthday, Gemini, United Artists, 1980
  • Cattle Annie and Little Britches, Universal, 1981
  • Lovesick, Warner Bros., 1983
  • "Quitter's Inc.," Stephen King's "Cat's Eye" (also known as Cat's Eye), United Artists, 1983
  • (With Billy Crystal and Michael Hertzberg) Memories of Me, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988
  • Stage Appearances
  • The Impossible Years, Broadway production, 1966
  • The Investigation, 1966
  • Dinner at Eight, Broadway production, 1966
  • Something Different, Broadway production, 1967
  • A Celebration of the Music of Judy Garland, Theatre at Carnegie Hall, New York City, 1998
  • Samuel Goldwyn, Mr. Goldwyn, New York Stage and Film, Theatre at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2001, then off-Broadway production, 2002
  • Also appeared in Guys and Dolls, City Center Theatre, New York City.
  • Major Tours
  • Producer, Toyota Comedy Festival, 1993
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Alan King in Suburbia, Seeco, 1962
  • Also recorded The Best of Alan King, Seeco.
  • Videos
  • "Hommage to Steve," Steve Martin Live, 1986
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Specials
  • Nothing Upstairs, CBS, 1990
  • Other
  • (With Kathryn Kyan) Anybody Who Owns His Own Home Deserves It, Dutton (New York City), 1962
  • (With Jack Shurman) Help, I'm a Prisoner in a Chinese Bakery, Dutton, 1964
  • (With Mimi Sheraton) Is Salami and Eggs Better than Sex?, Little,Brown (Boston, MA), 1985
  • (With Chris Chase) Name-Dropping: The Life and Lies of Alan King,Scribner (New York City), 1996
  • Contributor to periodicals, including Show.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Authors, Volumes 89-92, 1980
    Periodicals
    • New York Times, May 19, 1993
    • People Weekly, September 16, 1996, p. 46

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