Larry King, talk-show titan who lit up worlds of politics and showbiz

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The CNN host had a profound effect on American broadcasting – and the heart of the brand was 7,445 editions of Larry King Live over 25 years

Obituary: Larry King, 1933-2021

A measure of Larry King’s impact on American television journalism was that for three decades, the easiest way of giving fictional cinematic politicians credibility was a scene in which they appeared on King’s CNN show.

His peak year was 1998, in which King, who has died aged 87, shared the big screen with John Travolta as a minimally disguised Bill Clinton in Primary Colors, Warren Beatty as a maverick Democrat senator in Bulworth, and Will Smith in the conspiracy surveillance thriller Enemy of the State.

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