Garry Shandling, American comedian, actor and writer, Died at 66

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Garry Emmanuel Shandling was born on November 29, 1949, and died on March 24, 2016.

He was an American comedian, actor, writer, producer and director.

Garry Shandling was best known for his work in It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and The Larry Sanders Show.

He started his career writing for sitcoms such as Sanford and Son and Welcome Back, Kotter.

Garry made a successful stand-up performance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and became a frequent guest-host on the show.

At one point he was considered the leading contender to replace Carson (other hopefuls were Joan Rivers, David Letterman and David Brenner).

During 1986, Garry created It’s Garry Shandling’s Show for the pay cable channel Showtime.

He 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.

Garry 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.

His participation in films had a recurring role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Garry Shandling also lent his voice to DreamWorks Animation’s Over the Hedge.

In his three-decade career, Garry Shandling was nominated for 19 Primetime Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, along with many other awards and nominations.

Garry Shandling served as host of the Grammy Awards four times and as host of the Emmy Awards three times.

Garry Shandling passed away at 66 yrs old.

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