American Actor, director and producer Gary Marshall died today at 81, from complications of pneumonia.
Marshall was the creator responsible for some of the most iconic TV sitcoms of the 1970’s including “Happy Days”, ” Mork and Mindy” and Laverne and Shirley”, which co-starred Marshall’s sister Penny Marshall (Actor, Producer and Director). He was also the director of the 1990 box office hit “Pretty Woman” and directed Anne Hathaway in the teen comedy “The Princess Diaries.”
His 1970’s TV creations launched careers of some of our most beloved stars, such as the cool Henry Winkler , who’s catch phrase “AAAYYY” and leather biker jacket in “Happy Days” started a 1950’s revival , then there was the young, rainbow suspender wearing ,kinetic comedian, Robin Williams in “Mork and Mindy”. Julia Roberts shot to stardom in “Pretty Woman” , and Anne Hathaway became a household name as the teenage Mia Thermopolis in “The Princess Diaries”.
He leaves behind , his wife Barbara Marshall and children Kathleen Marshall, Scott Marshall and Lori Marshall as well as siblings Penny Marshall and Ronny Hallin.
Several of these stars and celebrities shared their thoughts on Twitter.
GARRY MARSHALL Rest In Peace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty , friendship and generosity .
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) July 20, 2016
Thank you Gary Marshall for all the joy and laughter. You are missed already and forever https://t.co/XyoPKvrGwf
— Richard Schiff (@Richard_Schiff) July 20, 2016
I lost a friend & mentor. We lost a beautiful man & masterful story teller. Gary Marshall I love you. I hope I get to go where you are.
— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) July 20, 2016
I cannot possibly convey to you how much Gary Marshall meant to me. He was the kindest man you'd… https://t.co/W9S3ZopvAs
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) July 20, 2016
To a genius who gifted us with timeless magic. Thank you. Rest in peace Mr. Gary Marshall. https://t.co/AoN1wYmL1U
— Sofia Carson (@SofiaCarson) July 20, 2016
So sad to hear of the passing of Gary Marshall. I enjoyed his work tremendously. Love to his family and friends. 💔
— Lacey Chabert (@IamLaceyChabert) July 20, 2016
So sad to hear of the passing of iconic film director Gary Marshall.
— Dana Brunetti (@DanaBrunetti) July 20, 2016
RIP Gary Marshall. Such a icon in Hollywood. 81 years young.
— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) July 20, 2016
— GloZell Green (@GloZell) July 20, 2016
— Mark Critch (@markcritch) July 20, 2016
Sad to hear about Gary Marshall passing away.
His shows– Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy…
…that was the TV of my youth.
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) July 20, 2016