Robert Kardashian


Robert George Kardashian
February 22, 1944
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.


September 30, 2003 (59 years old)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.


Businessman & Lawyer


Helen Kardashian (deceased)
Arthur Kardashian (deceased)


Kris Kardashian (m. 1978-1991)
Jan Ashley (m. 1998 - ann. 1999)
Ellen Pearson (m. 2003)


Denice Halicki (1991-1994)


Kourtney Kardashian (b. 1979; daughter)
Kim Kardashian-West (b. 1980; daughter)
Khloé Kardashian (b. 1984; daughter)
Rob Kardashian (b. 1987; son)


Mason Disick (grandson via Kourtney)
Penelope Disick (granddaughter via Kourtney)
Reign Disick (grandson via Kourtney)
North West (granddaughter via Kim)
Saint West (grandson via Kim)
Dream Kardashian (granddaughter via Rob)
Kanye West (son-in-law via Kim)



Robert George Kardashian (February 22, 1944 - September 30, 2003) was an Armenian-American attorney and businessman. He gained national recognition as O.J.'s friend and defense attorney during his 1995 murder trial.

Personal LifeEdit

Robert was born in Los Angeles, California to Armenian-American parents, Helen Kardashian (born: Helen Arakelian) and Arthur Kardashian. He also has a brother named Tom and a sister named Barbara. His great-grandparents, Sam and Harom Kardaschoff, were ethnic Armenian Molokan immigrants from Karakale, Kars, Russian Empire (now Turkey). Their son Tatos anglicized his name to Tom, started a business in rubbish collection in Los Angeles and married another Karakale immigrant, Hamas Shakarian.

Growing up in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles, Kardashian attended Dorsey High School and the University of Southern California, from which he graduated in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He then earned a law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and practiced for about a decade; after that, he went into business. In 1973, he was one of the co-founders of the trade publication Radio & Records, which he and his partners sold for a large profit in 1979.

He had four children with his first wife, Kris Jenner (née Houghton): KourtneyKimKhloé and Rob. All four have achieved fame after his death, mainly through the E! cable network reality television show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and related programs.

After he divorced Houghton in 1991, he was engaged for a period of time to Denice Shakarian Halicki, the widow of movie producer H. B. Halicki. He married Jan Ashley in 1998. That marriage also ended in divorce. He married Ellen Pierson (née Markowitz) six weeks before he died.

O.J. Simpson CaseEdit

Kardashian and Simpson first met in the early 1970s and became close friends.

Simpson stayed in Kardashian's house during the days following the June 12, 1994, murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Kardashian was the man seen carrying Simpson's garment bag the day that Simpson flew back from Chicago. Prosecutors speculated that the bag may have contained Simpson's bloody clothes or the murder weapon.

When Simpson failed to turn himself in at 11 a.m. on June 17, 1994, Kardashian read a letter by Simpson to the assembled media. This letter was interpreted by many as a suicide note.

Simpson was charged with the murders and subsequently acquitted of all criminal charges in a controversial criminal trial. Kardashian had let his license to practice law become inactive before the Simpson case. He reactivated his license to aid in Simpson's defense as a volunteer assistant on his legal team. He sat by Simpson throughout the trial.

The New York Times reported that, "Mr. Kardashian said in a 1996 ABC interview that he questioned Mr. Simpson's innocence: 'I have doubts. The blood evidence is the biggest thorn in my side; that causes me the greatest problems. So I struggle with the blood evidence.' 


Kardashian died of esophageal cancer on September 30, 2003, at age 59, only eight weeks after his diagnosis.

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