Garry Shandling

Actor, Director

1949-2016. Chicago, Illinois, United States

Facts Awards
  • Wrote scripts for Sanford and Son and Welcome Back, Kotter in the mid-1970s.
  • Starred in the innovative sitcom It's Garry Shandling's Show from 1986 to '90, in which, from time to time, he spoke directly to the camera.
  • Was offered permanent guest-hosting duties on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, but instead used his guest-hosting experiences as material for his portrayal of a talk show host on his HBO sitcom The Larry Sanders Show (1992-98).