05/25/1998 at 01:00 AM EDT
How Now, Hank?
The cast was uncharacteristically misty-eyed on the set of The Larry Sanders Show. Jeffrey Tambor, who for six seasons has played Sanders's obnoxious sidekick Hank Kingsley on the HBO send-up of late-night talk shows, had just finished taping his last gags for the series' one-hour finale (Sun., May 31, 10 p.m. ET, costarring Warren Beatty, Jim Carrey and Jerry Seinfeld). "It felt like a family breaking up," he says of the last episode.
For Tambor, 53, playing the egocentric foil to the manically insecure Sanders (Garry Shandling) has catapulted him from the obscurity of bit TV parts to the point where fans now greet him with Hank's signature interjection, "Hey now!" "I also get 'Hey yous!' and 'Hey heys!' " he says with a laugh. But Tambor, who is divorced and has a 23-year-old daughter, Molly, isn't wasting any time capitalizing on his Sanders success. The actor will appear later this year in the films Doctor Dolittle with Eddie Murphy and Meet Joe Black with Brad Pitt
Still, Tambor will miss his boorish alter ego. "I love Hank. He'd be great to hang out with," he says, "as long as you don't talk about things like books or current events."