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Larry King isn't all talk

Larry King speaks during Larry King Live: Disaster

Larry King speaks during Larry King Live: Disaster in the Gulf Telethon. (June 21, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

When we think of Larry King, two immediate thoughts come to mind - "prolific interviewer" and "suspenders."

But there is so much more. When King steps down Thursday, plaudits naturally will go to his 25-year run on CNN. But let's not forget some of these other sidelines:

King wrote or co-wrote 12 books - on heart disease, how to talk to anyone (a title, in fact), his best interviews, prayers, what he's learned and even two autobiographies.

King was a longtime columnist for USA Today, ending that gig in 2001 after 20 years without once missing a deadline. It was a grab bag of thoughts, ideas, quick observations and funky asides, each occasionally separated by dots. As he noted in his last column, "I always liked the dot-dot-dot format growing up and seeing lots of columns like that in my nine daily newspapers."

King was a longtime late-night radio host, and for many years, was better known as a voice on radio than a face on the TV. (He even simulcast "Larry King Live" on radio for a time.)

King voiced animated features. Surely, you remember the ugly stepsister from "Shrek 2" or Doris from "Shrek the Third," right?

King played himself - usually briefly - in way too many TV shows and movies to list here. Examples: "Boston Legal," "Bulworth," "The Exorcist III" and "Ghostbusters."


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