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Born: November 29, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tucson, Arizona, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, comedian

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Actor, comedian, and writer Garry Shandling was the mastermind behind "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO 1992-98) and "It's Garry Shandling's Show" (Showtime, 1986-90) -groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed cable comedies that parodied the conventions and culture of television. In both series, art imitated life, with the actor portraying an insecure, self-obsessed loser in love who was the butt of his own jokes. Off-screen, his persona was much the same, whether he was performing stand-up or hosting "The Tonight Show." Shandling made several feature film appearances following the wrap of "Sanders" in 1998, but he remained fairly low profile, taking a break from his love/hate relationship with Hollywood, only to surface with eight hours of unusually personal documentary footage for the release of the DVD set "Not Just the Best of Larry Sanders" (2007).

Actor, comedian, and writer Garry Shandling was the mastermind behind "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO 1992-98) and "It's Garry Shandling's Show" (Showtime, 1986-90) -groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed cable comedies that parodied the conventions and culture of television. In both series, art imitated life, with the actor portraying an insecure, self-obsessed loser in love who was the butt of his own jokes. Off-screen, his persona was much the same, whether he was performing stand-up or hosting "The Tonight Show." Shandling made several feature film appearances following the wrap of "Sanders" in 1998, but he remained fairly low profile, taking a break from his love/hate relationship with Hollywood, only to surface with eight hours of unusually personal documentary footage for the release of the DVD set "Not Just the Best of Larry Sanders" (2007).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Iron Man 2 (2010)
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 Over the Hedge (2006)
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 Trust the Man (2005)
5.
 Comedian (2002) Comedian
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 Run, Ronnie, Run (2002) (Cameo Appearance)
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 Town & Country (2001) Griffin
8.
 Zoolander (2001) (Cameo Appearance)
9.
 What Planet Are You From? (2000) Harold Anderson
10.
 Hurly Burly (1998) Artie
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1978:
First stand-up appearance at the Comedy Store in L.A.
1981:
Made first "Tonight Show" appearance
1984:
Showtime comedy special "Garry Shandling Alone in Vegas"
1987:
Guest hosted for Johnny Carson
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Created and starred in "It's Garry Shandling's Show" for Showtime
1988:
"It's Garry Shandling's Show" picked up by the Fox network
1991:
Starred in hour-long comedy special "Garry Shandling: Stand Up" for HBO
1992:
Created and starred in HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show"
1993:
Feature debut, in a cameo role, "The Night We Never Met"
1994:
First feature in a supporting role, "Love Affair"
1998:
Had dramatic role in "Hurlyburly"
2000:
Starred as an alien in the feature "What Planet Are You From?"; also contributed to screenplay
2001:
Co-starred with Goldie Hawn and Warren Beatty in the comedy "Town & Country"
2004:
Hosted the 56th annual Primetime Emmys Awards (September)
2006:
Voiced Vern the tortoise in the animated comedy "Over the Hedge" based on the comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis
2006:
Played a therapist in Bart Freundlich's "Trust the Man"
2010:
Had a small role as Senator Stern in Jon Favreau's "Iron Man 2"
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Notes

In 1998, Shandling filed $100 million lawsuit against his former manager Brad Grey; Shandling claimed that Grey used his relationship with Shandling to build a production business; Grey and his producing partner Bernie Brillstein manage such clients as Brad Pitt and Dennis Miller and produce TV series including NBC's "Just Shoot Me"; Grey countersued alleging breach of contract; case settled in July 1999 just prior to going to trial with parties agreeing to exchange rights for various television programs; no dollar value was set

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companion:
Linda Doucett. Actor. Plays Darlene on "The Larry Sanders Show"; together since c. 1987; separated January 1995; filed sexual harrassment suit against Shandling in December 1995.
companion:
Sharon Stone. Actor. Dated briefly; no longer together.
companion:
Calista Flockhart. Actor. Reportedly dating as of 2000.

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Autobiography of Larry Sanders: Confessions of a Late-Night Talk-Show Host as Told to Garry Shandling" Simon & Schuster

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