Garry Marshall died on July 19th 2016 at 81 of complications following a stroke.
Marshall is best known for creating 1970s’ hit sitcoms “Happy Days” (starring Henry Winkler), “The Odd Couple” (with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall), “Laverne and Shirley” (with Cindy Williams and Garry’s sister, Penny Marshall) and “Mork and Mindy” (that launched the career of Robin Williams).
He made his mark on the big screen with the unforgettable “Pretty Woman” that launched to stardom Julia Roberts and “The Princess Diaries” that introduced Anne Hathaway to the world.
Garry Marshall was a lot more than the highlights of his work. He was married to his love Barbara, for 53 years; he was a father of three and a devoted brother supportive of his sisters’ show business careers. He loved basketball, enjoyed playing it and was an excellent basketball player.
Of Italian and English descent, Garry Marshall was born in the Bronx. He graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Journalism in Evanston, IL. Right after college, Garry served two years in the Army. He was stationed in South Korea. He’s began his writing career as a reporter for the New York Daily News. About the same time – and on the side, so to speak – he wrote jokes for popular Hollywood comedians… Eventually, this side-gig earned him enough recognition to justify his move to Los Angeles.
Garry’s creative passions had a wide range: as an actor Marshall performed on screen and on stage since the 1960s; he’s penned two memoirs; together with his daughter Kathleen Marshall, he founded the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, California. Garry Marshall was also involved in… opera production and successfully directed operatic shows for Los Angeles Opera and San Antonio Opera.
Marshall’s many creative accomplishments command respect. The way he treated his friends and associates and even newbies in the show business earned him respect of those who knew him well.
Among formal recognitions Garry Marshall received during his prolific career are:
- American Comedy Award for Lifetime Achievement (1990)
- Writers Guild of America’s Valentine Davies Award (1995)
- Marshall was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame (1997)
- David Susskind Television Lifetime Achievement Award (1998)
- Lifetime Achievement Award in Television (1998)
- Garry Marshall was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2004)
Since passion never seizes, we’d like to believe that having made significant contributions to Hollywood entertainment industry, Garry Marshall moved on to entertain new audiences in the afterlife. We’re certain his new audiences will be as delighted with his work as we are.
Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich