Birth Name: Garry Shandling
Birth Place: Tucson, Arizona, USA
Garry Shandling was born in Chicago, IL, on Nov. 29, 1949, but raised in Tucson, AZ, after his family relocated to the desert climate to benefit Shandling's older brother Barry, who suffered from cystic fibrosis. Barry died when Shandling was only 10 years old, leaving him the lone grieving child who was already suffering his fair share of harassment, due to his outsider status. With his brother gone, he was also the only Jewish kid around. Shandling's sense of humor ultimately came to his aid, serving as a defense mechanism on the playground, as well as laying the groundwork for his future. He listened to Woody Allen comedy records, captivated and inspired by Allen's self-deprecating style,...
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