George Shapiro Dies: Legendary Talent Manager & ‘Seinfeld’ Producer Was 91

5/28/2022 11:49:00 PM

George Shapiro Dead: Legendary Talent Manager & ‘Seinfeld’ Producer Was 91

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George Shapiro Dead: Legendary Talent Manager & ‘Seinfeld’ Producer Was 91

George Shapiro , the deeply respected talent manager, producer and co-founder of Shapiro/West & Associates, died Thursday evening of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 91. Along…

Born in New York, Shapiro spent summers during his teenage years as a lifeguard at the Tamiment Resort in the Poconos, where he met performers like Dick Shawn, Pat Carroll and Carol Burnett, singer Barbara Cook, and choreographer Herb Ross. That’s when he also got to know talent agents.

“These guys came up … I didn’t even know what an agent was, but they came to see the show, to talk to the girls, talk to the comedians,” said Shapiro in a past Television Academy Foundation interview. “I said, ‘This is your job? To watch the show, to have a nice dinner, to come to a resort with a lake? I have to look into that.”

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He and West would go on to executive produce Seinfeld , one of the top comedy series of all time. Born in New York, Shapiro spent summers during his teenage years as a lifeguard at the Tamiment Resort in the Poconos, where he met performers like Dick Shawn, Pat Carroll and Carol Burnett, singer Barbara Cook, and choreographer Herb Ross. Shapiro was co-founder and partner in Shapiro/West Associates, the prosperous talent management banner that helped assemble the mammoth NBC hit “Seinfeld” and numerous projects for Andy Kaufman. That’s when he also got to know talent agents. Just last year Governor Mike Dewine announced a $5 million grant to help local law enforcement invest in body cameras. Related Story Jerry Seinfeld Remembers His TV Mom Liz Sheridan: "So Lucky To Have Known Her" “These guys came up … I didn’t even know what an agent was, but they came to see the show, to talk to the girls, talk to the comedians,” said Shapiro in a past Television Academy Foundation interview. A vivacious personality, Shapiro was known for his long relationships with clients and for his infectious enthusiasm for the business of entertainment. “I said, ‘This is your job? To watch the show, to have a nice dinner, to come to a resort with a lake? I have to look into that.” But loyalty is a core value for the Bushes.

” After graduating from NYU and a stint in the Army, Shapiro got an interview for a job in the mailroom at William Morris in New York through his uncle, Carl Reiner. Raised in the Bronx, Shapiro had a decades-long partnership with West, who was a childhood friend. the board will have the final say on police discipline, and training and recruitment policies among other duties. He became a junior agent, making $38 per week, in the packaging department at the agency but stayed close to comedy, seeing Lenny Bruce, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Phyllis Diller perform in New York. He also recruited his PS 80 friend West to join him at the agency. As a teenager, Shapiro spent his summers working as a lifeguard at the famed Tamiment Resort in the Poconos where he was exposed to the inner workings of showbiz and performers such as Dick Shawn, Pat Carroll and Carol Burnett as well as singer Barbara Cook. After several years, Shapiro started to recognize that the big comedy shows and productions were moving to Hollywood. Just this week President Joe Biden signed an executive order mainly surrounding police reform on the federal level. So he started a rumor at William Morris that he was going to be sent to the Los Angeles office. After graduating from NYU and serving a hitch in the Army, Carl Reiner ultimately helped Shapiro get a job in the mailroom of his talent agency, the mighty William Morris Agency. Their brothers, Neil and Marvin, kicked in $1,000 and $5,000, respectively.

The rumor became a self-fulfilling prophesy, and Shapiro brought West with him as he moved cross country. In Los Angeles, he became a packager of television programs, including The Steve Allen Show, That Girl, and Gomer Pyle USMC . He began packaging TV series and checking out the cream of the comedy crop in mid-1960s New York, including Lenny Bruce, Mike Nichols and Elaine May and Phyllis Diller. “It would eliminate things like qualified immunity for law enforcement officers and that is the thing that has shielded police officers and government officials from being held accountable," said Brown. He also put together a number of specials for Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, and Carol Channing that helped to catapult many of the cast members to superstardom. In 1973, Shapiro decided he wanted to become a personal manager in order to develop deeper relationships and producing partnerships with clients, so he left William Morris and opened a management company, later bringing West with him. More to come (Pictured: George Shapiro, right, with Carl Reiner) optional screen reader. Shapiro/West Associates was born. Eric Brewer is the Republican running against Shontel Brown for Ohio’s 11th congressional district. “He’s not going to just throw in the towel.

Shapiro managed Andy Kaufman for many years and executive produced the comedian’s specials like Andy Kaufman at Carnegie Hall  for Showtime and for ABC. He was also behind several other comedy specials for TV, including: Showtime’s Broadway Baby with Elayne Boosler; HBO’s Stand-Up Confidential starring Seinfeld; and Reiner and Mel Brook’s animated milestone The 2000 Year Old Man. Shapiro also executive produced Man on the Moon with West that starred Jim Carrey in the role of Andy Kaufman. “I would meet with the law enforcement entities that are seeking federal dollars and I would have the discussion this, ‘You’re going to follow federal laws, you’re going to follow all of them if you want federal dollars. While Danny DeVito was cast as George Shapiro in the Milos Forman film, Shapiro played the role of Mr. Besserman, a club owner who fired Kaufman early in his career, while West portrayed a hard-nosed network executive.’s great-grandfather, lost his first bid for the Senate, in 1950, but won a seat two years later.

“George was one of the sweetest guys on the planet,” DeVito said in a statement. Download now on your Apple device here, and your Android device here. “We got to see that smiling face every Friday night during the “Taxi” days. He never missed a show. Peace brother. Learn more about our streaming options here.” Other feature films produced by Shapiro include Comedian, Summer Rental . Bush lost his first campaign, too, a run for Congress in West Texas.