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Howard West, Producer and Longtime Manager of Jerry Seinfeld, Dies at 84

8 December 2015 6:50 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Howard West, a producer and co-manager of Jerry Seinfeld with his longtime partner George Shapiro, has died. He was 84.

West died Dec. 3 at UCLA Medical Center following a massive stroke. He was a partner in management firm Shapiro/West and Associates with his friend from childhood in the Bronx.

West and Shapiro were key players in the launch of the NBC comedy series “Seinfeld,” which ran from 1989 to 1998, and served as exec producers on the show that remains a monster hit in syndication. In addition to Seinfeld, the duo also managed such comedy legends as Andy Kaufman.

More recently, Shapiro and West were involved in Seinfeld setting up his Crackle series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”


Howard was doing what he loved til the end,” Seinfeld said. “There’s nothing better.”

West and Shapiro became friends at the age of 8 after meeting on the playground in elementary school.

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