Few people have influenced the entertainment world like George Shapiro and now the legendary manager is dead at 91-years-old. Shapiro was the same man who brought both Jerry Seinfeld and Andy Kaufman to the public consciousness and so much more.

Deadline first reported Shapiro’s passing. The manager passed away of natural causes on Thursday in his Beverly Hills home. The precise cause of death was not noted and no other details are known.

Shapiro was a staple in the entertainment industry for decades and he cut his teeth in the business by surrounding himself with people like Elvis Presley and Carl Reiner. He later went on to manage Reiner for years.

After breaking off on his own, Shapiro was responsible for packaging huge variety shows hosted by the likes of Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing, and Dick Van Dyke. Later on, he introduced Andy Kaufman to the world, a story that was famously played by Danny DeVito in Man on the Moon.


Later on in the 1990s, Shapiro hit it big once again when he hitched his wagon to a little-known stand-up comedian named Jerry Seinfeld. He went on to have a significant role in Jerry’s documentary, “Comedian” as well.

George Shapiro is survived by his lifelong partner and mother of his children, Melody, his kids and his many grandchildren. The world thanks him for every contribution he made throughout the decades. RIP.

H Jenkins

Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News opened the door for a new opportunity for Jenkins. With a history in finance, he broke into the journalism game by writing on blogs and other freelance websites before branching into sports and entertainment news. Being in tune with pop culture doesn't mean it has to make sense, but he tries. Favorite bands include any group from Seattle who formed between 1991 and 1999. 5 Ozzfests under his belt and 12 Warped Tours, but his last concert was a bluegrass AC/DC cover band that was not 100% terrible.

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