George Shapiro – One of the most famous talent managers, who represented stars from Jerry Seinfeld to me Andy KaufmanNot to mention a huge TV product in its own right – Matt.
The one-man showbiz band died of natural causes Thursday at their Beverly Hills home — according to Limit. No other details of his death were revealed.
Shapiro cut his teeth in the entertainment business by working as a hungry talent agent – and surrounded himself with some of the biggest names in entertainment at the time…including… Elvis Presley And the Karl Reinerthe latter who went to represent/manage him personally.
Eventually, he started his own business – and while he continued to manage certain talents, such as Kaufman, most of his work seemed to focus on producing successful TV shows…some of which include “The Steve Allen Show”, “That Girl” and “Gomer Pyle”.
He also packed a number of specials for hosts of huge variety shows at the time, such as Dick Van DykeAnd the Mary Tyler More And the Carol Channing. But his biggest contribution to television would come in the 1990s. Of course, we are talking about “Seinfeld”, which served as an EP.
Jerry and George stayed very close after the sitcom’s epic run – GS even went on to produce a number of stand-up specials for Jerry, and made a memorable appearance in the 2002 documentary “The Comedy…where Jerry tried his hand at comedy again in Awake” Seinfeld”.
He has also been involved with Jerry over the years—including continuing to produce for recent JS projects, such as “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”—Shapiro was equally loyal to the late, great Kaufman…notoriety back in the day.
Their relationship was epitomized in the 1999 movie Man on the Moon, in which Jim Carrey infamously went to portray Kaufman, and with Danny DeVito George plays.
In short, Shapiro has worked with the best of the best… and left behind a storied career. He is survived by his life partner and the mother of his children, musical compositionand his children and many grandchildren. He was 91 years old.