Legendary producer and director Garry Marshall died yesterday of complications from pneumonia. He had also recently suffered a stroke. He was 81.
Garry started out in the ’60s, writing for classic TV shows like “Make Room for Daddy” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show”. He then created some of the most iconic shows of the ’70s, including “Happy Days”, and its spin-offs “Laverne and Shirley”, “Mork and Mindy”, and “Joanie Loves Chachi”. He’s also the guy who brought “The Odd Couple” to TV.
As if that wasn’t a body of work enough, he also directed some pretty iconic movies, including “Pretty Woman”, “Beaches”, “The Princess Diaries”, “Overboard”, “Runaway Bride”, “Valentine’s Day”, “New Year’s Eve”, and “Mother’s Day”, which came out earlier this year.
Garry was also an actor, like when he played a baseball team owner in “A League of Their Own”, which was directed by his sister Penny Marshall. She was also the star of “Laverne and Shirley”. In addition to Penny, he’s survived by Barbara, his wife of over 50 years, their three kids, several grandchildren, and another sister.
OFun Fact: Marshall is on the record admitting that it was his idea to have Fonzie jump the shark on “Happy Days”.
Garry was the first famous person I “met” when I moves to Los Angeles in 1999. I auditioned for a play at his theatre, The Falcon Theatre in Burbank. I had no idea that he was going to be at the audition and when I walked in the room, I froze! He seemed to notice the shock on my face, as if this happened all the time. He put me at ease with a quick, “You’re here for the part not to meet me, so let’s see what you’ve got!” He was kind, he was nice and he chose someone else for the part! LOL
Henry Winkler Tweeted: “Garry Marshall Rest In Peace . . . Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty, friendship, and generosity.”
“Princess Diaries” star ANNE HATHAWAY just said, “Thank you Garry Marshall.”
Ron HowardTweeted: “RIP Garry Marshall whose humor & humanity inspired. He was a world class boss & mentor whose creativity and leadership meant a ton to me.”