Garry Shandling was a famous American stand-up comedian who had a net worth of $17 million. He probably is famous for his work in shows like, ‘It’s Garry Shandling’s Show’ and ‘The Larry Sanders Show’. Garry died on March 24, 2016, of a massive heart attack.
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Garry Emmanuel Shandling was born on November 29, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois. His father, Irving Shandling was a print shop owner and his mother, Muriel Estelle was a pet store proprietor. His family was Jewish and he was raised in Tucson, Arizona with two brothers.
Garry’s older brother Barry was suffering from a genetic disorder called cystic fibrosis. This is the main reason his family moved to Arizona so that Barry can have a proper treatment. But sadly, Barry passed away when Garry was ten years old.
Garry Shandling did his schooling from Palo Verde High School. For further studies, he attended the University of Arizona where he first took major in Electrical Engineering but eventually changed his field and graduated with a degree in Marketing. Then further, Garry did his post-graduation in Creative Writing.
Garry Shandling was a free-soul and didn’t have a romantic relationship with anyone. He was not married nor had any children. He was once engaged and was living with his fiancé, Linda Doucett, who was also his co-worker. The couple enjoyed each other’s company for almost seven years. When their relationship ended, Garry fired her from ‘The Sanders Show’. Linda took a revenge by filing a lawsuit against Garry and his production for sexual assault and wrongful termination. The case was settled out of the court for $1 million.
Garry Shandling loves playing basketball and boxed four times in a week. He also owns a boxing gym in partnership with Peter Berg, called Wildcard West Boxing Gym in Santa Monica, California.
Garry Shandling died on March 24, 2016, in Los Angeles, California due to a massive heart attack.
Garry started his career at an advertising agency. Soon he sold his script to NBC sitcom, ‘Sanford and Sons’. He also wrote scripts for the sitcom, ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’. He was in a car accident in Beverly Hills and that inspired him to take up a career in comedy. Another reason for him becoming a stand-up comedian was his frustrations towards formulaic writing.
At first, Garry Shandling started his stand-up routine at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He was on the road for many years and performed at different places. A lot of audiences appreciated his art and he started getting a good publicity. It was on the road, once the scouts from ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’ told him to appear as a guest, and then became a regular guest for the next six years.
After leaving ‘The Tonight Show’, he performed his first comedy special, ‘Garry Shandling: Alone in Vegas’. He then, along with Alan Zweibel created ‘It’s Garry Shandling Show’. The total of 72 episodes aired on Showtime and later the edited reruns were played on the Fox Network. The series received a lot of credits and recognition throughout the country. Garry also received numerous awards for his performance.
Garry launched another talk show sitcom, ‘The Larry Sanders Show’, the total of 89 episodes were aired on HBO. It received a lot of Emmy Award nominations. Shandling has also hosted the Grammy and Emmy Awards on several occasions. Garry also appeared in several movies and television in supporting roles.
Awards & Achievements
The talented Garry Shandling has won several awards in his career. Garry was awarded British Comedy Awards twice. He received CableAce Awards for whooping twelve times. He is also the winner of three American Comedy Awards and a BAFTA Awards.
Net Worth of Garry Shandling
The estimated net worth of Garry Shandling was approximately $17 million. Most of his net worth came from his stand-up comedy shows.
Garry Shandling was truly a talented person in his field of career. He had his ups and downs in his personal life but he was always a “happy-go-lucky” kind of a person. He had achieved almost everything in his life he ever dreamed of. May he Rest in Peace.