Alan King - Rotten Tomatoes

Alan King

Highest Rated:   91% Enemies, a Love Story (1989)
Lowest Rated:   14% Roadie (1980)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Studs
  • Actor
2006
59% 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
67% Night and the City
  • Grossman
1992
16% The Bonfire of the Vanities
  • Arthur Ruskin
1990
91% Enemies, a Love Story
  • Rabbi Lembeck
1989
80% Bat 21
  • Helicopter Gunner
1988
No Score Yet Memories of Me
  • Abe
  • Producer
1988
No Score Yet You Talkin' to Me?
  • Himself
1987
69% 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
73% 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
No Score Yet Pinocchio's Christmas
  • Fire-Eater
1980
80% The Anderson Tapes
  • Pat Angelo
1971
No Score Yet 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Instructor
  • 2001
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2000
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Jonathan Shapiro Lawyer
  • 1993

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