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Garry Shandling dies at 66; comedian's influential career spanned decades

Garry Shandling dies at 66; comedian's influential career spanned decades

 

Garry Shandling, the pioneering cable TV star and writer whose turn as a self-doubting talk-show host on HBO's “The Larry Sanders Show” during the 1990s helped redefine the television sitcom, has died. He was 66.

The Chicago-born Shandling died Thursday in Los Angeles of a heart attack, spokesman Alan Nierob said.

Shandling was among a generation of comics who helped revolutionize TV comedy by casting aside the setup-punchline mechanics of the traditional network sitcom and exploring characterization more deeply. Like his contemporary David Letterman, Shandling had little patience for show business conventions, which he found worthy of ridicule. Unlike...

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