Comedian and actor Garry Shandling, best-known creating “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and turning down both “Late Night” and “The Late Late Show,” died in a Los Angeles hospital today, according to reports.
Shandling was 66, and the cause of death was not released.
The comic writer and producer created the parody sitcom “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” for Showtime, in which he starred and often broke the fourth wall to address the audience directly. The show was nominated for four Emmys, and ran until 1990.
“The Larry Sanders Show” ran on HBO from 1992-’98 and focused on a fictional late-night talk show. Shandling and the show were nominated for 18 Emmys — finally winning one for the series finale.
NBC offered Shandling “Late Night” in 1993, when David Letterman moved to CBS, but passed. CBS offered him “The Late Late Show,” but he again declined the network job.