Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall was a veteran producer, director and writer of film, television and theatre. His five-decade long career in Hollywood was paralleled only by his passion for softball. After graduating from Northwestern University, he created some of television's most beloved situation comedies, including "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley," "Mork & Mindy," and "The Odd Couple." He also served as an executive consultant on CBS's 2015 reincarnation of "The Odd Couple," starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon, and consulted on Fox's "Grandfathered," with John Stamos. Mr. Marshall was passionate about live theatre. His play, Shelves, was performed at the Pheasant Run Playhouse in St. Charles, Illinois. A renamed revival of the show, Everybody Say Cheese had a successful run at the Falcon Theatre.The Roast, a play he co-wrote with Jerry Belson, ran at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York. In addition, he co-wrote Wrong Turn at Lungfish with Lowell Ganz, which he then went on to direct in Los Angeles with Hector Elizondo, in Chicago, and off-Broadway with George C. Scott. At the request of Placido Domingo, he made his operatic directing debut at Los Angeles Opera in 2005, with his own adaptation of Offenbach's The Grand Duchess, starring Frederica von Stade. In 2007, he joined the San Antonio Opera to direct Elixir of Love, which received rave reviews. Mr. Marshall directed 18 movies. Among them are Pretty Woman, Beaches, Overboard, The Princess Diaries 1 & 2, Runaway Bride, Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, starring Robert DeNiro, Hilary Swank and Halle Berry. His last film, 2016's Mother's Day, starred Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Julia Roberts. As an actor, Garry played many memorable roles, including the devil in Hocus Pocus, Mr. Harvey in his sister Penny Marshall's A League of Their Own, and Irwin in his son Scott Marshall's debut feature, Keeping Up with the Steins. He did voice-over work in the Disney film Chicken Little, and made numerous guest appearances on television shows including Louis CK's show "Louie," and TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland." Mr. Marshall wrote two autobiographies with his daughter, Lori Marshall, "Wake Me When It's Funny" and "My Happy Days in Hollywood." And in 1997, Mr. Marshall built a theatre in Burbank, California with his daughter, Kathleen Marshall LaGambina, called the Falcon Theatre, where he oversaw the subscription series of plays and developed his movies with his long-time co-producer Heather Hall. After Mr. Marshall's passing in 2016, his wife of 53 years Barbara and family renamed his theatre the Garry Marshall Theatre, a new non-profit organization, which will promote art and artists as Garry did all his life.

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