R.I.P. Garry Marshall, Creator of “Happy Days” and Director of “Pretty Woman”
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".
Then he 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.
Garry 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.
He also did a little acting. 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.
One other thing we should note, although it's not necessarily a career high: Marshall is on the record admitting that it was his idea to have Fonzie jump the shark on "Happy Days".