Legendary Talent Manager George Shapiro Dead at 91

5/29/2022 8:30:00 AM

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RIP , George Shapiro.

George Shapiro -- one of the most famous talent managers of the last century, who repped stars from Jerry Seinfeld to Andy Kaufman not to mention a mega TV producer -- has died.

. But, his biggest contribution to TV would come in the '90s. Of course, we're talking"Seinfeld," for which he served as an EP.Jerry and George remained very close after the sitcom's epic run -- GS even went on to produce a number of standup specials for Jerry, and memorably appeared in the 2002 doc"Comedian" ... where Jerry tries his hand at comedy again in the wake of"Seinfeld."

As involved as he's been with Jerry over the years -- including continuing to produce for JS's recent projects, like"Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" -- Shapiro was equally devoted to the late, great Kaufman ... going through the rollercoaster of his notoriety back in the day.

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Carol Channing ., among others.George Shapiro has died of natural causes at the age of 91.Seinfeld , Carl Reiner, Andy Kaufman and other comedy stars, died May 26 at his home in Beverly Hills.

But, his biggest contribution to TV would come in the '90s. Of course, we're talking"Seinfeld," for which he served as an EP. 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. Jerry and George remained very close after the sitcom's epic run -- GS even went on to produce a number of standup specials for Jerry, and memorably appeared in the 2002 doc"Comedian" . As well as running his own talent company and managing a number of big names, Shapiro was well known for being producer on several hit TV shows.. 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.. “Shapiro’s love of laughter and reverence for those who inspire it helped him build a career in comedy as an unabashed supporter of comic performers and comedy writers,” Shapiro’s family stated.

where Jerry tries his hand at comedy again in the wake of"Seinfeld.” 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. These included the likes of the Netflix show Jerry Before Seinfeld and 23 Hours to Kill." As involved as he's been with Jerry over the years -- including continuing to produce for JS's recent projects, like"Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" -- Shapiro was equally devoted to the late, great Kaufman .. He also recruited his PS 80 friend West to join him at the agency.. Among those tweeting was veteran producer Norman Lear, who wrote on Twitter: "One of the dearest people I have ever known, George Shapiro, just passed. going through the rollercoaster of his notoriety back in the day. 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 relationship was dramatized on film in 1999's 'Man on the Moon,' where Jim Carrey infamously went method to portray Kaufman, and with Danny DeVito playing George. In short, Shapiro had worked with the best of the best . In Los Angeles, he became a packager of television programs, including The Steve Allen Show, That Girl, and Gomer Pyle USMC . Another user also tweeted: "It can't be overstated what a mark this guy made in cultivating comedy... 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. and leaves behind a storied career..

He's survived by his lifelong partner and mother of his children, Melody , his kids and his many grandchildren. 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 91. RIP . Shapiro also executive produced Man on the Moon with West that starred Jim Carrey in the role of Andy Kaufman." And a fourth wrote: "RIP to George Shapiro, who started in the mail room at William Morris and went on to Manage Carl Reiner, Jerry Seinfeld and Andy Kaufmann.