19 Facts About Alan King

1. Alan King is referenced in the end credits of Rush Hour 3.

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2. Alan King was survived by his wife—appropriately a theme of one of his most famous routines—Jeanette Sprung, whom he married in 1947, and their three children.

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3. Alan King created the Laugh Well program, which sends comedians to hospitals to perform for patients.

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4. Alan King had another major role in Memories of Me as the so-called "king of the Hollywood extras", portraying Billy Crystal's terminally ill father.

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5. Alan King began working as a doorman at the popular nightclub Leon and Eddie's while performing comedy under the last name of the boxer who beat him, "King".

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6. Alan King lost first prize, but was invited to join a nationwide tour.

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7. Alan King spent his first years on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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8. Alan King was born on Irwin Alan Kniberg; December 26, 1927—May 9, 2004 and was an American actor and comedian known for his biting wit and often angry humorous rants.

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9. Alan King is excited at seeing Sceau Royal begin his crucial second season over fences in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham on Sunday.

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10. Throughout his life, Alan King was deeply involved in charity work.

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11. Alan King was the first recipient of the award for American Jewish humor from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.

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12. Alan King was the long-standing host of the New York Friar's Club celebrity roasts and served as the club's historian.

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13. Alan King played small roles in movies in the 1950s, but disliked playing stereotypical roles that he described as "always the sergeant from Brooklyn named Kowalski".

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14. Alan King realized that Thomas was talking to his audience, not at them, and was getting a better response.

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15. Alan King began his comedy career with one-liner routines and other material concerning mothers-in-law and Jews.

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16. Alan King was born in New York City, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants Minnie and Bernard Kniberg, a handbag cutter.

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17. Alan King wrote several books, produced films, and appeared in plays.

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18. Alan King became well known as a Jewish comedian and satirist.

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19. Alan King was an American actor and comedian known for his biting wit and often angry humorous rants.

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