Arsenio was always in good form as the host of his groundbreaking talkshow. Here, the comedian is pictured on the set at the infamous Stage 29 at Paramount Pictures.
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Prince Akeem & Semmi
In “Coming to America,” Arsenio starred with Eddie Murphy as a pair of African royals who, together, traveled to the States to find love. A box office smash when it hit theaters in June of ’88, “Coming to America” remains a classic.
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Semmi wasn’t the only character Hall played in “Coming to America.” Here, he is preaching at the pulpit as the ever-shady Reverend Brown.
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Old Man Morris
Barely-recognizable, Hall also portrayed Morris, the elder, opinionated barber in “Coming to America.”
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In 1989, Hall re-teamed with his partner-in-crime, Eddie Murphy for “Harlem Nights.” The film, written and directed by Murphy, also starred late comedy greats, Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx.
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Laying Down the Law
After the successful run on his talk show, Hall tried his hand in primetime with the action comedy, “Martial Law.” He’s pictured here with his former co-star, Sammo Hung.
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Hall headed back to the big screen to portray Tasty Freeze in the hilarious Blaxploitation parody, “Black Dynamite.”
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His Greatest Role
Hall embraces his son, Arsenio Hall, Jr. on the red carpet at last year’s BET Awards in Los Angeles.
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