On March 24, we were saddened by Garry Shandling's untimely passing. This means that Shandling's creation, Larry Sanders, has left us as well...
Lawrence "Larry" Sanders, comedian and talk show host, passed away last week in his Los Angeles home. The cause of death was reported to be a heart attack. Mr. Sanders was 65.
Sanders was born in Mount, Minnesota on December 19, 1950. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, he made his move to Los Angeles. Early gigs including playing a flight attendant on a television commercial. Sanders' career in comedy began as one half of a stand-up act with partner Stan Paxton. His breakthrough came after an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson".
Starting in 1986, Sanders hosted the late-night "The Larry Sanders Show". The talk show was a hit with critics, but often suffered in the ratings. Sanders was hailed for his interview technique. In 1997, Sanders left the show after a contract dispute. He was replaced by Jon Stewart.
"Larry was a boss, a brother, a jerk, a confidant, a critic, an inspiration. Most importantly, he was a friend. He was the light of my life. Hey now!", said celebrity spokesperson Henry "Hank" Kingsley, who spent over a decade as Sanders' TV sidekick.
"I loved Larry. I really, really loved him," said friend and frequent talk show guest, actor David Duchovny.
Sanders was an early connoisseur of frozen yogurt.
Sanders is survived by brother Stan, and two ex-wives, Francine and Jeannie. Services were held at the Temple Israel in Hollywood.