Seinfeld producer George Shapiro has died aged 91 as tributes pour in.
George died of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills on Thursday May 26, a publicist said – no further details were shared.
He has been the manager of many Hollywood stars, including Andy Kaufman, Jerry Seinfeld and Carl Reiner.
In addition to Seinfeld, he has been on other shows including The Steve Allen Show, That Girl, and Gomer Pyle.
Most recently, George served as executive producer of the Crackle/Netflix series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, hosted by Jerry Seinfeld.
Along with running his own talent business and managing a number of big names, George was well known for being the producer of hit TV shows.
Shapiro also managed the star comic and produced a number of his specials, including Jerry Before Seinfeld and 23 Hours to Kill.
His last production was The Super Bob Einstein Movie which came out on HBO last year.
Following news of his death, stars and fans took to social media to share messages of condolence.
Among these was veteran producer Norman Lear, who wrote on Twitter: “One of the dearest people I have ever known, George Shapiro, has just died.
“I bless our friendship and, at 99, I’m sure I’ll see him relatively soon.”
Another user also tweeted, “Can’t overstate the mark this guy has made cultivating comedy.
“You saw the ‘Shapiro/West’ vanity card on something and you knew you were getting the real ‘goods’… Man, we’re losing them at a tremendous rate lately, huh?”
And another wrote: “RIP to George Shapiro, who started in the mailroom at William Morris and went on to manage Carl Reiner, Jerry Seinfeld and Andy Kaufmann. He was also executive producer of Seinfeld.”
The 2019 documentary The Bronx, USA followed George as he returned to his hometown, revisiting the streets, shops and memories of his youth and reflecting on the close friendships he made there.
“Laughter is incredible, it’s powerful”, he often said.
Shapiro is survived by a lifelong friend and the mother of his children, Melody, his son Danny, his daughters Carrie and Stefanie and his five grandchildren.
A memorial ceremony will be announced.
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