Death of George Shapiro: Seinfeld producer and talent manager dies aged 91

George Shapiro, producer of hit comedy Seinfeld and manager to several stars, died of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills

George Shapiro has passed away

George Shapiro died of natural causes at the age of 91.

The Seinfeld producer and manager to a host of stars including Andy Kaufman, Jerry Seinfeld and Carl Reiner died Thursday at his Beverly Hills home, according to Deadline.

No further details have yet been released.

Along with running his own talent company and managing a number of big names, Shapiro was well known for being the producer of several hit TV shows.

Among those he was involved with — as well as Seinfeld — included The Steve Allen Show, That Girl, and Gomer Pyle.

In addition to being producer of the comedy series Seinfeld, Shapiro managed the featured comic and produced a number of its specials.

Robert Klein, Jerry Seinfeld and George Shapiro


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These included the likes of the Netflix show 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 those tweets was veteran producer Norman Lear, who wrote on Twitter: “One of the dearest people I’ve ever known, George Shapiro, has just died.

“I bless our friendship and, at 99, I’m sure I’ll see him relatively soon.”

He also shared a photo of the couple together.

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?”

George Shapiro died Thursday at the age of 91


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A third wrote: “I am heartbroken. George was simply one of the most caring human beings around and will surely be missed.”

And a fourth 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.”

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.

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