The Larry Sanders Show {1992-1998}

Update: The Larry Sanders Show Cast

Garry Shandling

In recent years, aside from the occasional acting job (most recently in Iron Man 2), Shandling's primary creative outlet has been his stand-up. ''I think I'm better than ever,'' says the actor, 62. He hasn't embarked on any new TV series since Sanders went off the air: ''Larry Sanders is a very special show to me, and I learned a lot of lessons from it,'' he says. ''I need to find something where I can learn some more lessons, and then I'll do that.''

Jeffrey Tambor

Tambor, 68, is currently reprising his role as George Bluth Sr. on the series Arrested Development for Netflix. He will also star on NBC's midseason comedy Next Caller. As for his Sanders alter ego, Hank, he says, ''I think Hank is in Malibu in a little apartment with a lot of memorabilia. I think he's alone, and I think he emails Larry a lot.''

Rip Thorn

As a result of Larry Sanders, Torn, 81, found himself being offered more comedic roles than ever before — most notably as Zed in the first two Men in Black films. ''People said, 'Whoever thought that Rip could be funny?' Because I'd played a lot of villains,'' Torn says. ''But people who knew me said, 'Just everybody that knows him.''' Torn will appear in the upcoming indie film Bridge of Names.

Penny Johnson Jerald

Johnson Jerald has appeared on numerous other TV series, including ER and 24. She now plays Capt. Victoria Gates on Castle. ''I've been in some wonderful shows,'' says the 51-year-old actress, ''but nothing holds a candle to The Larry Sanders Show.''

Wallace Langham

Langham, 47, has worked steadily in film and TV and currently plays David Hodges on CSI. When he imagines where his Sanders character, Phil, might be today, though, it's not nearly so happy a place: ''I think, sadly, Phil would have devolved into being twice divorced with two kids, working on a Nickelodeon show, and just a raging alcoholic.''

Mary Lynn Rajskub

Five years after Sanders ended, Rajskub was cast as Chloe on the hit series 24, and comedy nerds aside, that is still by far what people most recognize her for. ''Every time [someone] knows Larry Sanders, it's like, 'Oh, you're special!''' says the actress, 41. ''Not that loving 24 isn't great, but it's a totally different thing.'' Rajskub will next be seen in the indie film Toy's House.

Sarah Silverman

Silverman, 41, has gone on to become one of the best-known comics of her generation and worked regularly in film and TV. But she traces a great deal of her success back to Sanders. ''It was huge,'' she says. ''I learned so much from Garry about acting — and life.'' She will next lend her voice to the animated kids' movie Wreck-It Ralph.


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