Garry Shandling (born November 29, 1949) 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 and was considered to be the next host of The Tonight Show. In 1986, he created the show It's Garry Shandling's Show for the pay cable channel Showtime and was nominated for four Emmy Awards, one for Shandling, and lasted until 1990. His second show, The Larry Sanders Show, began aring on HBO on 1992, and was a bigger success than the first show he created. Shandling was nominated for 18 Emmy Awards on the show and won one in 1998 for writing the series finale, along with Peter Tolan.
Through his three decade career, he has been nominated for 19 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, two Golden Globe Award nominations, 11 CableACE Awards, a BAFTA Award, three American Comedy Awards, two Writers' Guild of America Award nominations and two Satellite Award nominations.
Shandling was born to a Jewish