He was twice offered a real late-night network talk show, but instead chose to create a fictional one.
Among the talent to emerge from the Larry Sanders stable were actors Jeremy Piven and Bob Odenkirk, stars of Entourage and Better Call Saul; comedians Sarah Silverman and Jon Stewart, who played Larry’s stand-in host long before he was the real host of The Daily Show; as well as Judd Apatow and Jon Favreau, now both Hollywood film-makers.
He also lent his voice to Verne in Over the Hedge, another one of his famous performances.
Shandling's final performance was as the voice of Ikki in The Jungle Book.
“Garry was a guiding voice of comedy,” Odenkirk said in a statement.