Alan King

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Name-Dropping - signed first edition - 1996


Alan King biography

Alan King, born Irwin Alan Kniberg on December 26, 1927, in New York City, was an iconic American comedian, actor, and writer. With a career spanning over five decades, King established himself as one of the preeminent figures in the world of comedy, known for his sharp wit, observational humor, and ability to connect with audiences of all ages. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, King discovered his passion for comedy at a young age. He honed his comedic skills performing in local clubs and theaters before making his breakthrough on the national stage in the 1950s. King's comedy often drew from his own life experiences, touching on topics such as family, marriage, and the quirks of everyday life. His humor was characterized by its relatability, authenticity, and keen insight into the human condition.

In addition to his work as a stand-up comedian, King found success as an actor in film, television, and theater. He appeared in numerous movies, including Casino and Memories of Me, as well as television shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

King was also a prolific writer, penning several books on topics ranging from comedy to his own experiences in show business. His autobiography, Name-Dropping: The Life and Lies of Alan King, provides a candid and humorous look at his career and personal life.

Throughout his career, King received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to the entertainment industry, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the prestigious Friars Club Lifetime Achievement Award. Beyond his professional achievements, King was also known for his philanthropy and advocacy work. He was a passionate supporter of charitable causes, particularly those related to healthcare and education. Alan King passed away on May 9, 2004, but his legacy as a pioneering comedian and beloved entertainer lives on. His humor continues to bring joy and laughter to audiences around the world, and his impact on the world of comedy remains as enduring as ever.

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