Motion Picture Director, Television Producer, Actor. He was responsible for creating iconic television situation comedy series such as "Happy Days", "Laverne and Shirley", "The Odd Couple" and "Mork and Mindy". Born Garry Kent Maschiarelli, he graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and began his career as a comedy writer for comedians including Joey Bishop, then worked on the writing staff of "The Tonight Show With Jack Paar". In 1970, he created a television adaptation of Neil Simon's play "The Odd Couple" for ABC. The successful sitcom drew several Emmy nominations over the course of its five seasons. Television hits followed soon after. "Happy Days" became the number one rated television show in 1974. After "Happy Days" Marshall created spin-off shows "Laverne & Shirley" starring his sister Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, and "Mork & Mindy", which began actor and comedian Robin Williams' career. He would go on to direct several blockbuster films, including "Beaches" (1988), "Pretty Woman" (1990) and "The Princess Diaries" (2001). Garry Marshall died from complications of pneumonia following a stroke.
Bio by: Louis du Mort
GARRY KENT MARSHALL
NOV. 13 1934 - JULY 19 2016
BELOVED HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDFATHER, FRIEND, FILMMAKER AND SOFTBALL PLAYER.
"I DEVOTED MY LIFE TO MAKING PEOPLE OF ALL AGES LAUGH AND BE HAPPY. I LEAVE WITH THE PEACEFUL FEELING I DID."