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Also Known As: Garry Kent Marshall, Garry Kent Marscharelli Died:
Born: November 13, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, producer, actor, playwright, comic, drummer in own jazz band, gagwriter, newspaper copyboy, sports reporter

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The guiding force behind some of the most popular films and television shows of the late 20th century, Emmy-nominated writer, director and producer Garry Marshall rose from the writers' room on series like "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66) to producer and creator of such enduring hits as "The Odd Couple" (ABC, 1970-75), "Happy Days" (ABC, 1974-1984), "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC, 1976-1983) and "Mork and Mindy" (ABC, 1978-1982). Marshall's segue into film direction during the early 1980s was equally successful and would go on to include such box office juggernauts as "Pretty Woman" (1990) and the "The Princess Diaries" (2001) franchise. A frequent bit player in films and television program, he could be counted on to provide streetwise humor and curmudgeonly charm, most notably on "Murphy Brown" (CBS, 1988-1998) and the feature comedy "Keeping Up with the Steins" (2006), which was directed by his son, Scott.

The guiding force behind some of the most popular films and television shows of the late 20th century, Emmy-nominated writer, director and producer Garry Marshall rose from the writers' room on series like "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66) to producer and creator of such enduring hits as "The Odd Couple" (ABC, 1970-75), "Happy Days" (ABC, 1974-1984), "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC, 1976-1983) and "Mork and Mindy" (ABC, 1978-1982). Marshall's segue into film direction during the early 1980s was equally successful and would go on to include such box office juggernauts as "Pretty Woman" (1990) and the "The Princess Diaries" (2001) franchise. A frequent bit player in films and television program, he could be counted on to provide streetwise humor and curmudgeonly charm, most notably on "Murphy Brown" (CBS, 1988-1998) and the feature comedy "Keeping Up with the Steins" (2006), which was directed by his son, Scott.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Raising Helen (2004) Director
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  Princess Diaries, The (2001) Director
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  Runaway Bride (1999) Director
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  Other Sister, The (1999) Director
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  Dear God (1996) Director
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  Exit to Eden (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Life After Beth (2014)
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 Chronic Town (2008)
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 Chicken Little (2005)
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 Mother Ghost (2002)
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 Orange County (2002) Arthur Gantner
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 Majestic, The (2001) Voice Of Studio Executive (Cameo Appearance)
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 Never Been Kissed (1999) Rigfort (At Sun-Times)
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 Forever Together (1999) Pawn Broker (Cameo Appearance)
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Joined the army in late 1950s and served in Korea; wrote for <i>Stars and Stripes</i> and the <i>Seoul News</i>; served as production chief for the Armed Forces Radio Network
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Played drums with own jazz group
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Worked as sports reporter for NYC's <i>Daily News</i>
1960:
Hired as writer for "The Tonight Show" (NBC), starring Jack Paar
1962:
Brought to Hollywood to write for "The Joey Bishop Show" (NBC)
1964:
With partner Jerry Belson wrote episodes for sitcoms like "The Danny Thomas Show" (ABC), "The Lucy Show" (CBS) and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS)
1964:
TV special writing debut (with Belson), "Think Pretty" (NBC)
1965:
Wrote for the NBC series "I Spy"
1966:
Created and produced (with Belson) the short-lived NBC sitcom "Hey, Landlord" (NBC); Quincy Jones supplied the music; Sally Field and Jack Albertson played recurring characters
1968:
Screenwriting debut with the romantic comedy "How Sweet It Is" starring James Garner and Debbie Reynolds; produced and scripted with Belson; helmed by veteran TV director Jerry Paris
1968:
Feature film acting debut, "Psych-Out"
1970:
Co-wrote (with Belson) "The Grasshopper"; also directed by Paris
1970:
Enjoyed first series success as creator and executive producer (with Belson) of "The Odd Couple" (ABC); sister Penny joined show from 1971-75 in part of Myrna Turner
1972:
TV-movie debut as producer, "Evil Roy Slade" (NBC); directed by Paris and co-written with Belson
1972:
Wrote and produced the ABC pilot "Love and the Happy Days"; aired as part of "Love, American Style"; future "Happy Days" cast members Ron Howard, Marion Ross and Anson Williams were on board, but Harold Gould played the father and Jackie Coogan portrayed Uncle Harold
1972:
Created and executive produced the NBC comedy "The Little People/The Brian Keith Show"
1973:
Debut as playwright with "Shelves" at an Illinois dinner theater
1974:
Created and executive produced the long-running ABC sitcom "Happy Days"
1976:
Creator and executive producer of the successful "Happy Days" spin-off, "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC), starring sister Penny as Laverne and Cindy Williams as Shirley
1977:
Directed episodes of "Blansky's Beauties" (ABC); also executive produced
1978:
Executive produced ABC's "Mork and Mindy"; also directed episodes of the hit series; show was another spin-off from "Happy Days"
1980:
Co-wrote (with Jerry Belson) the play "The Roast"; closed on Broadway after only four performances
1982:
Feature directorial debut, "Young Doctors in Love"
1984:
Co-wrote and directed the charming "The Flamingo Kid"
1985:
Played a casino owner in Albert Brooks' "Lost in America"
1986:
Acted in sister Penny's feature directorial debut, "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
1987:
Directed "Overboard," starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn
1988:
Helmed "Beaches," starring Bette Midler; initial collaboration with director of photography Dante Spinotti
1990:
Directed the romantic comedy "Pretty Woman" with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere; film became one of Disney's highest grossing live-action films (with over $400 million worldwide)
1992:
Portrayed candy manufacturing magnate Walter Harvey in "A League of Their Own"; directed by sister Penny Marshall; script by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel
1993:
Co-wrote (with Lowell Ganz) the play "Wrong Turn at Lungfish"; opened off-Broadway after successful runs in Los Angeles and Chicago
1994:
Played recurring role as network boss Stan Lansing on popular CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown"
1997:
Executive produced and starred in Showtime movie "The Twilight of the Golds"; based on the play by Jonathan Tolins
1997:
Became a theater proprietor, opening the doors of the new Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA
1998:
Inducted into the Bronx Hall of Fame
1999:
Helmed (also co-scripted) "The Other Sister"; third collaboration with Spinotti
1999:
Portrayed a smarmy studio executive in "This Space Between Us"
1999:
Executive produced and directed the Showtime documentary "Garry Marshall on Marriage in the 20th Century: In Search of the Happy Ending"
1999:
Reteamed with Gere and Roberts as director of "The Runaway Bride"; ninth film with actor Hector Elizando
1999:
Directed stage production of "Crimes of the Heart" at his Falcon Theater in Los Angeles
2001:
Directed Anne Hathaway in the comedy "The Princess Diaries"
2004:
Directed Kate Hudson in the comedy "Raising Helen"
2004:
Again directed Anne Hathaway in "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement"
2005:
Voiced Buck Cluck in the animated feature "Chicken Little"
2006:
Cast opposite Jeremy Piven in the indie comedy "Keeping Up with the Steins"; directed by son Scott Marshall
2007:
Helmed the comedy-drama "Georgia Rule" starring Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman
2008:
Was the opera stage director of San Antonio Opera's performance of "Elixir of Love"
2009:
Played a government scientist in "Race to Witch Mountain," a re-imagining of the original 1975 film "Escape to Witch Mountain"
2010:
Directed an ensemble cast in the romantic comedy "Valentine's Day"
2011:
Directed another ensemble, including Robert De Niro and Halle Berry, in the romantic comedy "New Year's Eve"
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Education

DeWitt Clinton High School: Bronx , New York - 1952
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1956

Notes

According to the press notes for "Exit to Eden", Marshall's TV series and performers have received 16 Emmy nominations and won seven; and nominations for nine Golden Globe awards, winning four.

Marshall received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983.

He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1997

"We were always taught on the old "Dick Van Dyke Show" to write everything. Dick Van Dyke was very funny, so Jerry Belson and I wrote once: Dick's going to a wedding, and he puts his cummerbund on funny. And Carl Reiner said, 'What is this? Puts his cummerbund on funny? What are we paying you for? I could get a guy off the street to write, Puts his cummerbund on funny. You've got to tell me how.'"

"Comedy is a very mystical thing to a lot of people. For me, it's not so mystical. It's very hard. You can't use your imagination. Imagination will get you maybe two ideas, and then you go sell shoes. You always have a comedy eye; you're always looking. You're always saying, I'll remember that. And then you learn, truthfully, to steal other people's lives. Don't steal other people's material, though; just things that appear in their everyday lives. Lenny Bruce put it best: Pain plus time equals humor. When you're going through pain, it ain't funny, but if you give it a little time, it will become humor." --Garry Marshall, quoted in American Film, April 1990.

About growing up in the Bronx: "You get your sense of humor from where you grew up. Everybody has a sense of hunmor in the Bronx."

"Those friendships were solid. Nobody had any money, nobody was anybody, nobody's father was anybody. It was all based on pure friendship, and that's why I love the Bronx."

"A lot of my work is based on the interactions of the kids on my block. Fonzie (the character played by Henry Winkler on 'Happy Days') was built around three characters here. Laverne and Shirley were based on the girls in the area who would punch you. I always liked stories about overcoming adversity and being heralded for doing something good on a small scale." --Garry Marshall to Jennifer Tung, in New York Post, March 2, 1999.

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wife:
Barbara Marshall. Former nurse. Made a brief appearance in "Frankie and Johnny" (1991) as a nurse; married c. 1963.

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father:
Tony Marshall. Producer, director of industrial films. Received credit as producer on many of son's projects beginning with "The Odd Couple" (1970-1975); once worked as an usher at the legendary Loews Paradise movie theater in the Bronx with Leonard Goldenstein, who went on to become the head of ABC-TV; died on July 12, 1999 at age 93.
mother:
Marjorie Irene Marshall. Dance instructor. Ran a tap dance school called The Cellar in the basement of their Bronx apartment building; when she died in 1983, the family funded a $1 million building to Northwestern University in her honor, called the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Studio.
sister:
Penny Marshall. Director, actor. Born on October 15, 1942; got first break on "The Odd Couple", produced by Garry; later starred in "Laverne and Shirley".
sister:
Ronelle Marshall. Producer. Began as casting consultant on "Happy Days", eventually receiving credit as associate producer and producer on the series; executive produced ABC's "Joanie Loves Chachi" (1982-83); produced ABC's long-running "Step By Step" (1991-1998); acted in brother's "Dear God" (1996).
daughter:
Lori Marshall. Actor, casting coordinator, writer. Co-wrote autobiography with father; born. c. 1964; played small parts in a number of father's features, beginning with "Young Doctors in Love" (1982); gave birth to twin girls in June of 1995.
daughter:
Kathleen Marshall. Actor. Acted in father's "Dear God"; supervised construction on Marshall's Falcon Theatre in Burbank.
son:
Scott Marshall. Actor, director. Studied directing at American Film Institute; served as second unit director for father's "Dear God" and Penny's "The Preacher's Wife" (also 1996); made directorial debut with "Spin Cycle" (2000).
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