Arsenio Hall is a well-known American comedian, actor, and talk show host with a net worth of $20 million as of 2023. He rose to fame with his late-night talk show, The Arsenio Hall Show, which ran from 1989 to 1994 and 2013 to 2014. He has also starred in movies such as Coming to America, Harlem Nights, and Coming 2 America alongside his friend Eddie Murphy. He is also the winner of the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice, where he raised $1.2 million for the Magic Johnson Foundation. He is one of the most influential and successful figures in the entertainment industry.
Early Life and Education
Hall was born on February 12, 1956 (or 1955, according to some sources) in Cleveland, Ohio, to Fred and Annie Hall. His father was a Baptist minister. Hall was interested in magic and comedy from a young age and performed as a magician as a child. He graduated from Warrensville Heights High School in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, in 1973. He then attended Ohio University and Kent State University.
Hall moved to Chicago and then Los Angeles to pursue a comedy career. He made his TV debut in 1981 on the show Soul Train. He then appeared on various shows, such as Madame’s Place, Elvira’s Movie Macabre, Thicke of the Night, and The Late Show. He also voiced Winston Zeddemore in the animated series The Real Ghostbusters from 1986 to 1987.
In 1988, he co-starred with Eddie Murphy in the comedy film Coming to America, a massive hit at the box office. He also appeared in other films with Murphy, such as Harlem Nights (1989) and Coming 2 America (2021). He also starred in other movies, such as Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), Black Dynamite (2009) and Sandy Wexler (2017).
Hall’s breakthrough came in 1989 when he launched his late-night talk show, The Arsenio Hall Show. The show was successful among the younger audience and featured many celebrities, musicians, and political figures as guests. The show was known for its signature chant of “Woof, woof, woof!” by the audience. The show ran until 1994 and was revived in 2013 for another season.
Hall has also hosted other shows, such as Star Search (2003-2004), The World’s Funniest Moments (2008-2009), Greatest Hits (2016) and The Comedy Store (2020). He has also appeared as a guest or a contestant on several shows, such as Doogie Howser, M.D., Blossom, Living Single, Muppets Tonight, Hollywood Squares, Brothers, Real Husbands of Hollywood, and The Masked Singer.
In 2012, Hall participated in the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice, a reality competition show hosted by Donald Trump. He competed against other celebrities for charity and won the show by raising $1.2 million for his chosen cause, the Magic Johnson Foundation.
Personal Life and Relationships
Hall has never been married but has dated several women in the past. He had a long-term relationship with singer Paula Abdul in the 1990s. He also dated actress Pamela Samms in 1983 and model Pamela Anderson in 1995. He has a son named Arsenio Hall Jr., born in 1999 from his relationship with Cheryl Bonacci.
Hall is a close friend of Eddie Murphy and has collaborated with him on several projects. He is also friends with Magic Johnson, Jay Leno, George Lopez, and Chris Rock. He is a sports fan and supports the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Hall is active on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. He has over 500k followers on Twitter and over 300k followers on Instagram.
Awards and Achievements
Hall has won several awards and nominations for his work in comedy and television. Some of them are:
- NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Coming to America (1989).
- NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Talk Series for The Arsenio Hall Show (1990).
- American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication for The Arsenio Hall Show (1990).
- Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series for The Arsenio Hall Show (1990).
- Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite TV Actor for The Arsenio Hall Show (1991).
- Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1992).
- NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Variety Series/Special for The Arsenio Hall Show (1995).
- BET Honors Award for Media for The Arsenio Hall Show (2014).
- Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host for The Arsenio Hall Show (2014).
Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below, and remember to visit epochdefinition for more mind-boggling updates.😊