George Shapiro Poster


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Mini Bio (1)

George Shapiro graduated from New York University with a degree in advertising and marketing and, soon after, took a job in the mail-room at the William Morris Agency in New York. He advanced rapidly within the company and soon became an agent. One of his first assignments was to accompany Elvis Presley during his appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Eventually he began packaging hit programs such as "The Steve Allen Show" , "That Girl" starring Marlo Thomas, and "Gomer Pyle" starring his client, Jim Nabors. He also packaged a number of specials for Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Channing.

Shapiro later left the Morris Agency to become a personal manager and producer along with his partner and friend, Howard West. They formed Shapiro/West Productions and executive produced the Emmy, Peabody, and Golden Globe award winning series, "Seinfeld". Shapiro was Andy Kaufman's personal manager for many years, executive producing the comedian's special for show-time entitled "Andy Kaufman at Carnegie Hall" and one for ABC, "The Andy Kaufman Show." He also was executive producer with Howard West on the Universal feature film "Man on the Moon" starring Jim Carrey in the role of Andy Kaufman. Danny DeVito co-starred in the role of George Shapiro for Academy Award winning director, Milos Forman. An interesting sidebar, "Man On The Moon" represents Shapiro and West's joint debut as feature film actors. George played the role of Mr. Besserman, a club owner who fired Andy Kaufman early in his career and West portrayed a hard nosed network executive.

George Shapiro is executive producing (along with Howard West and Jerry Seinfeld) "The Marriage Ref", a comedy-panel series on NBC (2010-11).

On Broadway, George is one of the producers of "Colin Quinn Long Story Short" at The Helen Hayes Theatre (2010-11).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Diane Barnett (? - 21 February 2005) (her death)

Trivia (3)

George Shapiro's uncle is Carl Reiner, his aunt is Estelle Reiner, and his cousins are Rob and Lucas Reiner.
Former manager of Andy Kaufman
Is portrayed by Danny DeVito in Man on the Moon (1999)

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