Robert Kardashian was born on February 22, 1944, and is famously known as the father of celebrated personalities Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, and Rob. He was born in California to Armenian American parents, Arthur Kardashian and Helen Jean Kardashian. An attorney and businessman by profession, he gained popularity as the friend and defense attorney of O. J. Simpson during Simpson’s murder trial in 1995. From his first wife, Kris Kardashian (later Jenner), he had four children: Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Rob. They are known for their family reality television series called “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Join us today as we celebrate his birthday!
Robert George Kardashian
February 22, 1944
September 30, 2003 (age 59)
Born on February 22, 1944, in Los Angeles, California, Robert Kardashian grew up in the wealthy View Park area. He studied at the Susan Miller Dorsey High School and graduated with a B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Southern California in 1966. Kardashian pursued his J.D. degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and practiced law for less than a decade before venturing into business.
In 1973, Kardashian and his partners founded “Radio & Records,” a trade publication, which was sold for a significant profit in 1979. He also spearheaded playing music between films in theaters. He then parlayed the idea into a business, starting an organization called “Movie Tunes.” Kardashian filled in as president and C.E.O. of the firm. Later, he invested in a frozen yogurt organization called “Juice Inc” and “Concert Cinema,” a music video business.
Robert had four children: Kourtney, Kimberly, Khloé, and Rob. Not long after separating from Kris Jenner in 1991, Kardashian was engaged to Denice Shakarian Halicki, his third cousin, but they were never married. Kardashian married Jan Ashley in 1998, but after 30 days, the marriage ended. Kardashian dated Ellen Pierson for three years, and they got married six weeks before his death.
At the age of 59, Robert Kardashian was diagnosed with cancer. On September 30, 2003, he passed away at his home in Los Angeles. Kardashian was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery in California.
Kardashian graduates with a B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.
Kardashian and his partners become the co-founders of the trade publication “Radio & Records,” which they sell in 1979 for a good profit.
O.J. Simpson is charged with the murder of his wife, and Kardashian becomes his defense attorney for the case.
Kardashian passes away due to cancer at his home in Los Angeles.
Why We Love Robert Kardashian
He was good friends with his ex-wife after the split
Kardashian and Kris Jenner remained friends even after their split. They also shared custody of their children.
He supported his friend during troubled times
The lawyer was a good friend and proved it too. Due to their long-standing close friendship, he not only housed him to avoid the media but also chose to represent O.J. Simpson in his murder trial.
Kardashian revoked his license for the Simpson case
Kardashian had ventured into business in 1973 and hadn’t practiced law for 20 years before the Simpson case. He reactivated his license at the request of lead attorney Robert Shapiro.
5 Surprising Facts
The Kardashians were originally Kardaschoffs
The Kardashians were initially known by the surname “Kardaschoff,” — a Russianized form of the Armenian surname “Kardashian.”
Most eligible bachelor in the 1970s
In the 1970s, Robert Kardashian, with his thick white streak and jet-black hair, was considered one of Beverly Hills’ most eligible bachelors.
He’s been married thrice
After his separation from Kris Jenner in 1991, he married Jan Ashley in 1998 and then married Ellen Pierson six weeks before his death.
His relationship with Priscilla Presley
Kardashian was besotted by Priscilla Presley, the famous ex-wife of Elvis, before eventually marrying Kris Jenner.
Presley guided Robert
A worldly Priscilla Presley guided Kardashian and told him how to dress and what kind of car to drive.
Robert Kardashian FAQs
What cancer did Robert Kardashian die off?
He died of esophageal cancer on September 30, 2003, two months after being diagnosed.
How is Robert Kardashian related to Bruce Jenner?
After his divorce from Kris Jenner in 1991, Kris married Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn), who was a gold medal-winning Olympic athlete.
Who is the richest Kardashian?
Kim Kardashian is the wealthiest family member among the Kardashians.
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