1. Garry Emmanuel Shandling , is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director.
2. Shandling began his career writing for sitcoms such as Sanford and Son and Welcome Back, Kotter.
3. He made a successful stand-up performance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and became a frequent guest-host on the show.
4. Shandling was for a time considered the leading contender to replace Carson .
5. His second show, The Larry Sanders Show, which began airing on HBO in 1992, was even more successful.
6. Shandling was nominated for 18 Emmy Awards for the show and won in 1998, along with Peter Tolan, for writing the series finale.
7. During his three-decade career, Shandling has been nominated for 19 Primetime Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, along with many other awards and nominations.
8. He grew up in Tucson, Arizona, the son of Muriel, a pet store proprietor, and Irving Shandling, a print shop owner. He had an older brother, Barry, who died of cystic fibrosis when Garry was 10.
9. After graduation, he attended the University of Arizona, at first majoring in electrical engineering, but eventually completing a degree in marketing and pursuing a year of postgraduate studies in creative writing.
10. He worked at an advertising agency for a time, and then sold a script for the popular NBC sitcom Sanford and Son.
11. In 1977, Shandling was involved in an auto accident in Beverly Hills that left him in critical condition for two days. He later turned the accident into part of his comedy.
12. In 1978, Shandling performed his first stand-up routine at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles.