Alan King

Alan King

Highest Rated: 85% Enemies, a Love Story (1989)

Lowest Rated: 14% Roadie (1980)

Birthday: Dec 26, 1927

Birthplace: Not Available

Bitten by the performing bug at an early age, youngster Alan King sang for nickels and dimes in the Brooklyn subways. Born Irwin Alan Kniberg, King's first stage name was Earl Knight, of the itinerant musical aggregation Earl Knight and His Musical Knights. Abandoning music for stand-up comedy, he worked his way up the Catskills circuit and the burlesque wheels. His first big break came in 1949, when he headlined at New York's Paramount Theatre. Seven years later he opened for Judy Garland at the Palace, and subsequently accompanied Garland when she performed in London. Making his first film appearance in 1955, King provided side-of-the-mouth comedy relief in such films as Miracle in the Rain (1956) and The Helen Morgan Story (1957). Introduced to TV audiences by Ed Sullivan, King made innumerable appearances on the variety weeklies hosted by Sullivan, Garry Moore and Perry Como. A 1961 stand at his own weekly sitcom proved futile, though it resulted in a very funny pilot episode. By the early 1960s, King's act was a well-oiled mechanism: he could always be counted on to expound hilariously upon his childhood, his show business experiences, his misadventures in suburbia, and especially the trials and tribulations of married life ("Last year I took my wife on a trip around the world. This year she says 'Let's go someplace else.' "). While much of his earlier material might not pass muster in these more politically correct times, it always brought down the house--even in houses dominated by female spectators. Much of his stand-up material was incorporated in a brace of best-selling books, Anyone Who Owns His Own Home Deserves It and Help! I'm a Prisoner in a Chinese Bakery. Returning to films in the late 1960s, King was shown to particularly good advantage in three of director Sidney Lumet's projects: Bye Bye Braverman (1968) The Anderson Tapes (1971) and Just Tell Me What You Want (1980), in which he received top billing. He also shone in Memories of Me (1988) as "the king of the Hollywood extras," and Enemies: A Love Story (1989) as Rabbi Lembeck. In the mid-1960s, he launched another aspect of his career when he co-produced the hit Broadway comedy Impossible Years (1965). He has since served as executive or associate producer of such films as Lipstick (1976), Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981), Wolfen (1981) and Cat's Eye (1983). Alan King has also functioned in a production capacity on the TV series The Corner Bar (1972-73) and Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell (1975, as "executive in charge of comedy"), and was co-producer of the made-for-TV feature films Return to Earth (1974), How to Pick Up Girls (1978) and Reunion at Fairborough (1985).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Studs Actor 2006
56% Mind the Gap Herb 2005
49% Rory O'Shea Was Here Tommy 2005
No Score Yet The UnUsual Suspects: One Upon a Time in House Music Actor 2005
80% Sunshine State Murray Silver $2.9M 2002
No Score Yet Four Jacks Scott 2001
52% Rush Hour 2 Steven Reign 2001
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Hugh Hefner Actor 2001
No Score Yet Let Me In - I Hear Laughter: A Tribute to the Friars Club Actor 2000
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Jerry Stiller Actor 1999
No Score Yet Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment Actor 1999
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Drew Carey Actor 1998
40% The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Supreme Commander 1998
80% Casino Andy Stone 1995
No Score Yet The Infiltrator Rabbi Hier 1995
57% Night and the City Grossman 1992
16% The Bonfire of the Vanities Arthur Ruskin 1990
85% Enemies, a Love Story Rabbi Lembeck 1989
81% Bat 21 Helicopter Gunner 1988
No Score Yet Memories of Me Abe Producer 1988
No Score Yet You Talkin' to Me? Himself 1987
67% Stephen King's 'Cat's Eye' Vinnie Donatti 1985
No Score Yet Judy Garland: The Concert Years Actor 1985
No Score Yet Reunion at Fairborough Executive Producer 1985
40% Lovesick Lionel Gross, M.D. 1983
No Score Yet Endangered Species Producer 1982
No Score Yet Author! Author! Kreplich 1982
40% I, the Jury Charles Kalecki 1982
75% Wolfen Executive Producer 1981
No Score Yet Cattle Annie and Little Britches Producer 1981
14% Roadie Producer 1980
No Score Yet Just Tell Me What You Want Max Herschel 1980
No Score Yet Happy Birthday, Gemini Executive Producer Producer 1980
20% Pinocchio's Christmas Fire-Eater 1980
70% The Anderson Tapes Pat Angelo 1971
43% Bye Bye, Braverman Rabbi 1968
No Score Yet On the Fiddle Top Sgt. Buzzer 1961
No Score Yet The Helen Morgan Story Ben 1957
No Score Yet The Girl He Left Behind Maguire 1956
No Score Yet Miracle in the Rain Sgt. Gil Parker 1956
67% Hit the Deck Shore patrol 1955


No Score Yet Great Performances
Instructor 2001
71% Family Guy
Voice 2000
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
Watters' Friend 1999
No Score Yet Family Law
Hy Aldin 1999
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
Voice 1994
No Score Yet Love & War
Dante Palladino 1994
No Score Yet Law & Order
Jonathan Shapiro Lawyer 1993
No Score Yet Blossom
Rabbi 1992
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
Guest 1991


Dr. Donatti says: Boogie down, baby!

Steven Reign says: Greed will imprison us all.