Actor and Comedian Garry Shandling Dies at 66

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Garry Shandling, a well known actor and comedian, has died suddenly at the age of 66.

Shandling is best known for It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Larry Sander's Show. According to TMZ, he died today after being rushed to the hospital.

He was not suffering from any illnesses and just days ago tweeted a photo of himself with friends Bob Odenkirk and Kathy Griffin.

Garry Shandling

It's Garry Shandling's Show first aired on Showtime in 1986 and ran through 1990. He played a version of himself, as a self aware comedian and star of a sitcom who often talked directly into the camera, breaking the fourth wall.

The Larry Sander's Show aired on HBO from 1992 through 1998 and Shandling was nominated for 18 Emmys for his work on the show, winning for its series finale along with Peter Tolan.

He had the opportunity to do actual late night television when NBC offered him David Letterman's spot when he moved to CBS in 1993. Shandling opted to stick with the The Larry Sanders Show instead, making the team of Sanders and Hank Kingsley (Jeffrey Tambor) legends without ever going to late night.

You probably recognize the catchphrase "Hey Now" which came from The Larry Sanders Show and Hank Kingsley.

In addition to hosting The Emmy Awards and the Grammys, Shandling also appeared in films such as Iron Man 2 and Captain America: Winter Soldier.

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