Garry Shandling Dead The Larry Sanders Show Star Dies

Garry Shandling Dead at 66

Comedian Garry Shandling, star of Showtime’s It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show, died Thursday, TMZ reports. He was 66.

Per the site, Shandling passed away after he was transported from his home to a Los Angeles-area hospital.

On Larry Sanders, Shandling was a five-time Emmy Award nominee for Lead Actor, and he grabbed gold once (with Peter Tolan) for Outstanding Writing. The comedian also amassed three American Comedy Awards across his career, 12 CableACE Awards, two Golden Globe nods and a pair of Writers Guild Award noms (both for Larry Sanders).

In addition to his two starring roles, Shandling appeared in Caroline in the City and The X-Files, and was a frequent fill-in host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. He also wrote episodes of Sanford and Son, The Harvey Korman Show and Welcome Back, Kotter, and was a three-time Emmys host in 2000, 2003 (as one of 11 comedian emcees) and 2004.

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  1. DebG says:

    Wow, such a funny man. He will be missed.

  2. J. Norman says:

    Sorry to hear this, but I hardly heard anything about him in years.
    He gave up the Larry Sanders Show much too early and never really achieved that level of success again. .or so it seemed.

    • Jared Munson says:

      I don’t think 56 Emmy nominations for a show is too early. He wanted out of the limelight and has only appeared in Iron Man 2 and Captain America 2 in recent years. He did what Johnny Carson did, enjoyed retirement

    • Walkie says:

      He created one of the greatest TV shows of all time. No one achieves that kind of success again nor should anyone expect him to.
      Did Seinfeld? Mary Tyler Moore? Carol Burnett?

      What a ridiculous post. Put the computer away.

  3. What? Another legend! RIP Gary… thanks for all the laughs.

  4. Whatevah says:

    I just watched him on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. He & Jerry S seemed like such good friends. This makes me sad. RIP

  5. katedfw says:

    The Larry Sanders Show was one of my all time favorites. I will miss Garry and his deadpan delivery! RIP!

  6. Steven says:

    This one hit me hard. Larry Sanders Show was truly genius television.

  7. bshaid says:

    Rest in peace comedy man. Your hair will look great at your funeral…

  8. jar says:

    I will always place the theme song to It’s Garry Shandling’s Show at or near the top of my favorites list. RIP.

  9. HAP says:

    A somewhat odd dude, who was a comedic genius. I fell in love with his comedy with the It’s Garry Shandling’s show. But, The Larry Sanders Show is a full blown icon of TV comedy. Don’t think anyone has come close to it. Some of it was casting, such as Rip Torn. Most of it was writing.

    Have no idea why he did not work much after the Larry Sanders show. Maybe he had enough money, and lost the beast in his belly.

    Whatever. RIP to a comedic icon.

  10. Cyndi says:

    Rest In Peace.

  11. Timmah says:

    I have loved him since his early standup and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, which was groundbreaking at the time. You will be missed Garry.

  12. Thomas hunter says:

    “It’s Garry Shangling’s Show” was a FOX sitcom, not Showtime. You may want to correct that sentence. It was a favorite show back in the day. RIP , Mr. Shandling.

  13. Bill Bozeman says:

    Loved his small, albeit wonderful, performance as Senator Stern in Iron Man 2.

  14. Steve F. says:

    I just saw him this past weekend when Iron Man 2 was airing on FX. And I loved him on It’s Garry Shandling’s Show way back when.

    Truly one of the best in comedy. RIP (and one last “Hail, Hydra!”).

  15. Jackie says:

    I would like to know, how he died. 66 is relatively young! Was he Ill?

  16. Chuck says:

    Why couldn’t the Clinton’s die instead!

  17. Garry was truly a genius, and “The Larry Sanders Show” may well be the greatest comedy in the history of television. The world is a smaller — and much less funny — place without him.

  18. Dawn Paolella says:

    WHY did HE DIE?

  19. Where are the details? Died from what?

  20. Geri McGirt says:

    So So sorry to hear of Larry Shandling’s passing. Condolences to his family……He will be missed.