Garry Shandling

Updated on 22.Apr.2018
22.Apr.2018 by Aayushma-bhattarai
Facts of died
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inch
Name Garry Shandling
Birth Name Garry Emmanuel Shandling
Father Irving Shandling
Mother Muriel Shandling
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Chicago, Illinois
Ethnicity White
Profession Comedian
Net Worth $ 17 million
Eye Color Hazel
Hair Color Brown
Famous for Stand-up, television, film
Affair with Sarah Silverman
Boyfriend Sarah Silverman
Married Not Yet
Education Palo Verde High School
Movies The Jungle Book
TV Show It's Garry Shandling's Show
Siblings Barry Shandling
View moreless Facts of Garry Shandling

Garry Shandling began his career after he moved to Los Angeles in 1973. He worked at an advertising agency, writing speculative scripts and then he went on to sell a script for the popular NBC sitcom Sanford and Son. He also wrote scripts for sitcoms Welcome Back, Kotter and attended a story meeting for Three’s Company.

In 1977, Garry met an accident in Beverly Hills, which inspired him to pursue a career as a comedian. He was in a critical condition for 2 days and was hospitalized for 2 weeks with a crushed spleen. He later turned the accident he met into a part of his comedy. 

Shandling debuted as a stand-up comedian at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, and he was on the road for several years and worked at different places, many of his fans appreciated his art and he successfully garnered a good publicity out of it.

In 1981, a talent scout from The Tonight Show Starring Johny Carson took him in to appear as a guest in the show. Later he made a successful stand-up performance on The Tonight Show, succeeding Johnny Carson as the host on the show on a regular basis for the next six years. In 1987 he left the show to focus on his cable show, leaving Jay Leno as permanent guest host.

After leaving The Tonight Show, Garry performed his first stand-up special Garry Shandling: Alone in Vegas for Showtime. In 1983, Garry alongside American producer and writer Alan Zweibel created It's Garry Shandling's Show. The show ran for 72 episodes on Showtime. The series received lots of credits and praise throughout the country.

In 1992, Garry launched another talk show sitcom The Larry Sanders Show, which was successful in both ways, critically and commercially. The show ran for a total 89 episodes on HBO until 1998.

Likewise, he also appeared in a brief cameo in 2001' American comedy film titled Zoolander. In 2006, Garry voiced an animal Verne in Over the Hedge, regarded as one of his best-known roles.

Apart from that, he also appeared in Iron Man (2010) as Senator Stern along with Mickey Rourke and Robert Downey Jr and reprised his role in another Marvel's production titled Captain America: The Winter Soldier alongside Chris Evans, Samuel Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson.

Similarly, Garry performed as himself representing Fox Mulder, along with Tea Leoni, who appeared as Dana Scully in The X-Files season 7 spoof episode Hollywood A.D.

Moving toward his personal life, Garry was in a relationship with Sharon Stone and also reportedly dated Calista Flockhart. He was engaged to actress Linda Doucett and the pair also shared an apartment from 1987 to 1994. However, he was neither married nor had any children.

Garry Shandling has earned a huge amount of money from his professional career. As an  American stand-up comedian, director, actor, writer and producer he has several sources of income and was paid well in terms of salary. He had an estimated net worth of $17 million

Garry has received lots of awards in his career. Garry was awarded British Comedy Award twice. He won CableAce Award. He is also the winner of the American Comedy Award and BAFTA Awards.

On March 24, 2016, at the age of 66, Garry died at his home in Los Angles due to a massive heart attack.


Garry Shandling

Garry Shandling facts on timeline

Born in United States


Garry Shandling was born in Chicago Illinois to parents, Muriel Shandling and Irving Shandling. His parents were Jewish. He was brought up in Tucson, Arizona.

Started working on The Tonight Show


Garry was picked up by a talent scout from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson to appear as a guest on the show in 1981. Shandling substituted for Carson on a regular basis until 1987.

performing first stand-up Garry Shandling: Alone in Vegas for Showtime


Shandling performed his first stand-up special Garry Shandling: Alone in Vegas for Showtime, followed by a second televised special in 1986 titled The Garry Shandling Show: 25th Anniversary Special, also for Showtime.

Received British Comedy Award


Garry has received lots of awards in his career. Garry was awarded British Comedy Award twice and CableAce Award. He is also the winner of their American Comedy Award and BAFTA Awards.

died at 66


Garry Shandling suddenly collapsed in his home in Los Angeles and was rushed to a nearby hospital but by the time paramedics attended him, Garry was unconscious. He died from a pulmonary embolism.