Comedian, actor, writer and producer Garry Shandling died in an L.A. hospital earlier today, reports TMZ. He was 66 years old.
Shandling is best known as the star of “The Larry Sanders Show”, which ran for six seasons from 1992-98. Prior to that he starred in “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” for four seasons.
Did you know?
- Shandling worked as a comedy writer in the early 1970s for “Welcome Back Kotter”
- Decided to become a stand-up comic after a serious car accident in 1977
- Got his first big break in 1981 on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”
Social media tributes begin
I was looking forward to seeing my friend Garry Shandling in about 10 days but sadly that won't be possible.... It seems as though everyday this week I've had to send out condolences and each time it's hitting closer to home... Rest In Peace Garry, u were an icon, a legend, an incredibly talented and humble man and u will be sorely missed by me and the rest of the world... #RIPGarryShandling #ThisWeekCanEatADick #ReallySad #GreatGuy
Sunday, my longtime friend Garry Shandling was here, making every1 laugh. I loved him. I'll miss our talks the most. pic.twitter.com/Ud8AQXNBXN— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling was a very dear friend and mentor who taught me as much as any human being I ever met. Such a generous soul. Love you Garry.— Orny Adams (@Ornyadams) March 24, 2016
So saddened by the death of Garry Shandling. Brilliantly funny guy. And a sweetheart, too. Did his show twice. RIP.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) March 24, 2016
Saddened over Garry Shandling. He was a comedy idol of mine. He leaves behind the greatest single-camera comedy of all time. #LarrySanders— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 24, 2016
RIP the great Garry Shandling. Surely, one of the most influential comedians of a generation.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 24, 2016