Emmy and Golden Globe Winner Jeffrey Tambor — Who Played Hank on ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ — Tells How Garry Shandling Changed His Life

Mar 30, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Actor Jeffrey Tambor, whose work as second banana to Garry Shandling on “The Larry Sanders Show” brought him four Primetime Emmy nominations in the 1990s, writes in a remembrance in The Hollywood Reporter that his first encounter with Shandling changed his life.

Tambor, who won an Emmy last year for “Transparent,” went on to a total of seven nominations, including two for “Arrested Development.”

Shandling, whose six-season run on HBO’s “Larry Sanders” is credited with changing the television landscape, died last week at 66 after suffering a massive heart attack.

In his THR piece, Tambor writes: “The first time I met Garry Shandling was my audition for ‘The Larry Sanders Show,’ with Garry and his casting director Francine Maisler. I can recall every minute of it. He was gracious and kind and he read with me. He was terrific.”

Tambor says the audition changed his life. He writes later: “So many people say they went to school on ‘The Larry Sanders Show.’ He went past the laughs to character revealment. That’s not just a strategy, that is a heroic strategy.”

We encourage readers to click on the link near the top of this story to read Tambor’s piece.

larry sanders show-jeffrey tambor-rip torn-garry shandling“The Larry Sanders Show”: Jeffrey Tambor,
Rip Torn, Garry Shandling (L-R)


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