Dozens have actors have penned heartfelt tributes to groundbreaking comedian Garry Shandling after he died unexpectedly on Thursday at 66 years old.
But few people worked more closely with Shandling than Jeffrey Tambor, who starred alongside the late legend for six seasons on the HBO comedy The Larry Sanders Show.
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The Transparent star played Hank Kingsley, the dim-witted sidekick who always longed for a deeper friendship with Shandling's self-absorbed host Larry Sanders.
On Thursday, Tambor released a touching statement honoring his longtime friend:
"I am so sad. Garry was my dear friend and was and always will be my teacher. Garry redesigned the wheel of comedy and he was the kindest and funniest of Geniuses. I will miss him so much."
The Emmy-winning series ran from 1992 to 1998 and featured some of the biggest writers in comedy — including Judd Apatow, Steve Levitan, Peter Tolan, and Carol Leifer.
Fans will be able to see Shandling and Tambor's hilarious dynamic once again, as an HBO spokesperson confirmed to that reruns of The Larry Sanders Show will come back down the line.
Though no date is set, the episodes will eventually be available on the premium cable network and its online streaming services.
We truly lost one of the greats. Our hearts go out to Shandling's loved ones at this trying time.
[Image via HBO.]
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