Garry Shandling, Emmy-Winning Comic, Grammy Host, Passes At 66
March 24, 2016 at 2:03 PM (PT)
GARRY SHANDLING, the EMMY-winning comic who starred in the highly influential SHOWTIME series "It's GARRY SHANDLING's Show" and HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show," died suddenly this morning at the age of 66 at an L.A. area hospital after a 911 call from his home, according to TMZ.
SHANDLING was recently spotted less than two weeks ago at a JUDD APATOW comedy show at the CLUB LARGO.
The comic, actor, writer, producer and director began his career writing for sitcomes like "Sanford And Song" and "Welcome Back, Kotter" before making successful stand-up appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring JOHNNY CARSON," where he became a frequent guest host.
He created "It's GARRY SHANDLING's Show" for SHOWTIME in 1986, which was nominated for four EMMY AWARDS and aired until 1990. HIs second, highly influential, series, "The Larry Sanders Show," a spoof of the talk-show genre, began airing on HBO in 1992, and lasted for six seasons until 1998, and was nominated for 18 EMMY AWARDS. SHANDLING earned an EMMY in 1998 with PETER TOLAN for writing the series finale.
SHANDLING also hosted the GRAMMY AWARDS from 1990-'95 and the EMMY AWARDS in 2000 and 2004. He appeared in several movies, including "Town & Country," for friend WARREN BEATTY. He also had a cameo in "Zoolander," and voiced the character of Verne the turtle in 2006's "Over The Hedge." SHANDLING also appeared as Senator Stern in "Iron Man 2" and reprsied the role in "Captain America" The Winter Soldier," in 2014.
SANDERS was never married but lived with LINDA DOUCETT, who portrayed Darlene, Hank KIngsley's assistant, in "The Larry Sanders Show," from 1987 to 1994.