Garry Marshall, the talented force behind many famous TV series’ such as Happy Days and the box-office hit movie “Pretty Woman,” has died in Burbank, California due to pneumonia after suffering from complications from a stroke. He was 81.
Mr. Marshall was one of the biggest names in ‘70s television, starting as the executive producer of the “Odd Couple” series with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, before moving on be a leading force in the era’s ‘50s nostalgia craze.
He wrote the pilot for the show that became “Happy Days” and became the show’s creator and executive producer throughout its 1974-1984 run. The 1950s Milwaukee-set sitcom, which starred Ron Howard and gave the world “The Fonz,” also spawned the spinoffs “Laverne & Shirley” and “Mork & Mindy.”
All three shows regularly topped the weekly Nielsen ratings and “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley” were the overall year’s best-rated shows at least once.
Via Washington Times
He directed a total of 18 films, including “Beaches,” “Overboard,” “Runaway Bride,” and “Valentine’s Day.”
He was finishing work on a Broadway stage version of Pretty Woman.
I was blessed to have worked with Garry Marshall. Not only was he a wonderful director, but also, he was a gentle, loving, kind man. #RIP
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 20, 2016
Garry Marshall was one of the greats. He connected us all through joy, laughter, compassion & kindness. He also gave me my very 1st job. 💗
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) July 20, 2016
Let us pray for Marshall’s family during this difficult time. Rest in peace.