Fast Facts

  • Big comedic break came in 1979, when vocalist Nancy Wilson hired him to host one of her shows in Chicago and ended up keeping him as a regular.
  • Made major career move in 1987 by becoming one of many rotating hosts for Fox's Late Show, after original host Joan Rivers left the program, and staying on for a 13-week stint.
  • Hosted and produced Fox's late-night talk show, The Arsenio Hall Show, starting in 1989; it ran for five years.
  • Released an album in 1989 called Chunky A: Large and in Charge.
  • Made a return to the small screen in 1997 in the ABC comedy Arsenio.
  • Hosted an updated version of Star Search in 2003 on CBS.
  • Won the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice, playing for the Magic Johnson Foundation.


  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1990, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host: Winner


  • Arsenio Hall Jr. — Son
  • Annie Hall — Mother
  • Fred Hall — Father
  • Paula Abdul — Ex-significant Other
  • Cheryl Bonacci — Ex-significant Other


  • Attended Ohio University, Athens, OH; Kent State University, Kent, OH

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  • Birth Place: Cleveland, OH
  • Profession: Comedian, Talk-show host, Actor

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