Garry Shandling

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Garry Shandling
Shandling in April 2011
Birth nameGarry Emmanuel Shandling
Born(1949-11-29)November 29, 1949
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMarch 24, 2016(2016-03-24) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, movies
Years active1975–2016
GenresObservational comedy, Satire, Cringe comedy
Subject(s)Self-deprecation, Human interaction, Everyday life
InfluencesWoody Allen, Johnny Carson
InfluencedRicky Gervais, Judd Apatow, Jon Stewart, Louis C.K.
Partner(s)Linda Doucett (1987–1994)

Garry Emmanuel Shandling (November 29, 1949 – March 24, 2016) was an American comedian, actor, writer, producer and director. He was best known for his work in It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Larry Sanders Show.

Early life[change | change source]

Shandling was born Garry Emmanuel Shandling in Chicago, Illinois on November 29, 1949. He was raised in Tucson, Arizona. He studied at the University of Arizona.

Career[change | change source]

Shandling began his career in 1975. He started writing for sitcoms such as Sanford and Son and Welcome Back, Kotter. He began his career in comedy when he was on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and was on the show many times.

Shandling was for a thought to replace Carson (other hopefuls were Joan Rivers, David Letterman and David Brenner). In 1986, he created It's Garry Shandling's Show, for the pay cable channel Showtime. It was nominated for four Emmy Awards (including one for Shandling) and lasted until 1990. His second show, The Larry Sanders Show, which began airing on HBO in 1992, was even more successful.

Shandling was nominated for 18 Emmy Awards for the show and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 1998, along with Peter Tolan, for writing the series finale. In movies, Shandling had the same role as Senator Stern in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as a voice in DreamWorks Animation's Over the Hedge.

His last movies were Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2015) and The Jungle Book (2016).

Personal life[change | change source]

Shandling was in a relationship with Linda Doucett from 1987 through 1994. He lived in Los Angeles, California.

Death[change | change source]

Shandling died in Los Angeles from a pulmonary embolism caused by thrombosis in his leg on March 24, 2016.[1] He was aged 66.

Awards[change | change source]

During his career, Shandling was nominated for 19 Primetime Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, along with many other awards and nominations. He served as host of the Grammy Awards four times and as host of the Emmy Awards three times.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Garry Shandling, Star of Groundbreaking Sitcoms, Dies at 66". The New York March 24, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016.

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