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Tucson-raised Garry Shandling dead at 66

Nov. 29, 1949 – March 24, 2016

Comedian and actor Garry Shandling died Thursday at age 66. Born in Chicago, he spent much of his childhood in Tucson and studied electrical engineering at the University of Arizona before breaking into the entertainment business as a writer.

Shandling died suddenly at a Los Angeles hospital.

Before he became known for sitting in for Johnny Carson and for his own "It’s Garry Shandling’s Show" and "The Larry Sanders Show," Shandling attended Palo Verde High School and then the UA.

Shandling began his career as a sitcom writer, breaking into the business with a script for "Sandford and Son" before writing episodes of other shows such as "Welcome Back, Kotter."

He went on to become known for his standup comedy, and frequent television appearances.

Often a "Tonight Show" guest host, Shandling was among those considered to succeed Johnny Carson as the face and voice of late-night TV. He also appeared in a number of films, including "Zoolander," "Iron Man 2," Dr. Dolittle," and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

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Mar 24, 2016, 4:11 pm
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Garry’s parents, Irv and Muriel, were great humanitarians and Irv was an old fashioned social democrat from Chicago who took very good care if his employees, with a profit sharing plan and the like. Shandling Lithographing was one of the premier printers in the southwest during the early days of offset printing.

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Shandling at the 1987 Emmy Awards.

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