Garry Shandling

Born Nov 29, 1949

Garry Emmanuel Shandling is an American comedian, actor and writer. He is best known for his work in It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Larry Sanders Show. Shandling began his career writing for sitcoms such as Sanford and Son and Welcome Back, Kotter. He made a successful stand-up performance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and became a frequent guest-host on the show. Shandling was for a time considered the leading contender to replace Carson.… Read More

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1949 Birth Born on November 29, 1949.


1973 23 Years Old In 1973, Shandling moved to Los Angeles, California. … Read More
1975 25 Years Old Shandling's script became the November 21, 1975 episode titled "Sanford and the Rising Son," in which Ah Chew (played by Pat Morita) turned junkyard owner Fred Sanford's (played by Redd Foxx) house into a Japanese restaurant. … Read More
1977 27 Years Old In 1977, Shandling was involved in an auto accident in Beverly Hills that left him in critical condition for two days. … Read More
1978 28 Years Old In an interview, he said that he became a stand-up comedian because he was frustrated by situation comedy's formulaic writing. In 1978, Shandling performed his first stand-up routine at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. … Read More


1981 31 Years Old His persona was an anxiety-ridden, grimacing, guarded, confused man on the verge of losing control. After a couple of years on the road, a talent scout from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson caught his act and booked him to appear as a guest on March 18, 1981. … Read More
1984 34 Years Old In 1984, he performed his first stand-up special, Garry Shandling: Alone in Vegas, for Showtime, followed by a second televised special in 1986, The Garry Shandling Show: 25th Anniversary Special, also for Showtime. … Read More
1985 35 Years Old Shandling and co-writer Alan Zweibel went on to create the surreal comedy series It's Garry Shandling's Show in 1985. … Read More


1990 40 Years Old Shandling hosted the Grammy Awards from 1990 to 1995, and the Emmy Awards in 2000 and 2004.
1992 42 Years Old In 1992, Shandling launched another critical and commercial success by creating the mock behind-the-scenes talk show sitcom The Larry Sanders Show. … Read More
1993 43 Years Old In 1993, NBC offered Shandling $5 million to take over the late-night talk show Late Night when host David Letterman announced his highly publicized move to CBS, but Shandling declined. … Read More
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He has also been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) in 1994 and 1995. … Read More
1998 48 Years Old He appeared in Caroline in the City in 1998.


2000 50 Years Old At the first Emmy hosting job, Shandling cracked up the audience by saying "I auditioned to play the Vice President on The West Wing, but they said 'No, too Jewish'", a reference to real-life Vice Presidential candidate Senator Joe Lieberman during the 2000 Presidential campaign.
2006 56 Years Old In 2006, comedian Ricky Gervais interviewed Shandling for a British documentary, citing him as a comic influence. … Read More
2007 57 Years Old The first season was re-released in 2007 along with a Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show which are Shandling's pick of the best 23 episodes. … Read More


2015 65 Years Old In January 2015, Garry Shandling returned with fellow cast members from his HBO comedy series 'The Larry Sanders Show' for EW’s Reunions issue. … Read More
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