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.