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GARRY SHANDLING (Verne) has been recognized for his work as an actor and writer with numerous awards, including an Emmy Award, American Comedy Awards, a BAFTA Award and several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

Shandling began his career in 1977 as a writer for the series "Sanford and Son” and "Welcome Back, Kotter.” Within a short time, he decided to try his hand at stand-up comedy. In 1981, he made his first of many appearances on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” which changed the focus of his career. Shandling also went on to guest host "The Tonight Show” a number of times in the mid-1980s.

Shandling made his first cable comedy special for Showtime in 1984 and created his first television series, the critically acclaimed "It's Garry Shandling's Show,” for the same cable network two years later. The unconventional series utilized the innovation of breaking the "fourth wall” to a degree never before seen on television. The show ran for four years—eventually running on Showtime and Fox simultaneously—and brought Shandling an American Comedy Award, as well as Emmy and Cable ACE Award nominations.

In 1992, Shandling enjoyed even greater success when he created and starred in the HBO series "The Larry Sanders Show.” During the show's six-year run, Shandling received five Emmy nominations and won two American Comedy Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He also earned six consecutive Emmy nominations for Best Comedy Series, and eight Emmy nods for Best Writing for a Comedy Series, winning the Emmy for Best Writing in the series' final season.

Shandling is currently putting the finishing touches on a Special Edition DVD retrospective of "The Larry Sanders Show,” which will include raw and unedited footage of Garry reminiscing with former guests from the show in a unique manner. These special features capture the essence of what made "The Larry Sanders Show” groundbreaking, while taking it further in a celebration of this award-winning program. "The Larry Sanders Show DVD Retrospective” is due for release in 2006.

In addition to starring in his own comedy specials, Shandling has been a frequent and sought-after guest on numerous talk and comedy shows, including a hosting stint on "Saturday Night Live.” He has also served twice as the host of the Emmy Awards and three times as the host of the Grammy Awards. 

On the big screen, Shandling wrote the sci-fi comedy "What Planet Are You From?,” in which he also starred with Annette Bening under the direction of Mike Nichols. His other film credits include "Hurlyburly,” with Sean Penn and Kevin Spacey, and "Love Affair,” with Warren Beatty, Annette Bening and Katharine Hepburn. He will next be seen in Bart Freundlich's "Trust the Man,” with David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film made its debut at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and is due for release in summer 2006.

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