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Happy Days creator, Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall dies at 81

07.20.2016

Legendary actor/producer/director/writer Garry Marshall has passed away at the age of 81 due to complications with pneumonia after suffering a stroke, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Normally I would use articles to crack jokes or make clever quips but, ironically, this is not that kind of article. I say "ironically" because Marshall focused his entire career on trying to make us all laugh, a career that spanned 60 years.

He began his career writing for shows like THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JACK PAAR before creating his own TV shows like THE ODD COUPLE (teaming up with writer Jerry Belson) and then branching out to create the mega-hits HAPPY DAYS, LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY and MORK & MINDY.

Later, he made his claim in the film business with 80’s staples like BEACHES and PRETTY WOMAN, and later in the 90’s with RUNAWAY BRIDE and in the 00’s with THE PRINCESS DIARIES 1 and 2 and VALENTINE’S DAY. The latter was the first in what would be his last movies, all centered around certain holidays, like NEW YEAR’S EVE and this year’s MOTHER’S DAY. He was also an accomplished actor, most notably on shows like MURPHY BROWN, and recently on LOUIE, BOJACK HORSEMAN and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE.

Though the critics never fully praised his movies, there’s no doubt his work has brought many actors into the spotlight—like Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway—and joy to millions. As well, he stands as a testament to hard work and dedication, as he barely stopped for a moment during his entire career starting all the way back in the 50’s. The result has been a body of work that will last a lifetime. What have you done recently?

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10:40PM on 07/20/2016
While not a big fan of his directorial efforts, I loved his acting and voice work. Do this day, his 'Dancing Lancings' from Murphy Brown still cracks me up. And his episode of the Simpsons where Apu's kids are a circus act was classic. He was a star maker, and a brilliant comedic mind. He will be missed.
While not a big fan of his directorial efforts, I loved his acting and voice work. Do this day, his 'Dancing Lancings' from Murphy Brown still cracks me up. And his episode of the Simpsons where Apu's kids are a circus act was classic. He was a star maker, and a brilliant comedic mind. He will be missed.
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1:58PM on 07/20/2016

More hits than misses

Am still a big fan
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Am still a big fan
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12:40PM on 07/20/2016
Amazing body of work and responsible for many, many laughs. RIP.
Amazing body of work and responsible for many, many laughs. RIP.
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11:02AM on 07/20/2016
I enjoyed many of his movies but I grew up on The Odd Couple, Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley. For those alone I'll always love this man.
I enjoyed many of his movies but I grew up on The Odd Couple, Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley. For those alone I'll always love this man.
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10:41AM on 07/20/2016
I wasn't a huge fan of his, but I knew who he was and what he'd done. He was great in A League of Their Own and his helped put Julia Roberts on the map (whether or not that's a good thing . . . ?).

RIP
I wasn't a huge fan of his, but I knew who he was and what he'd done. He was great in A League of Their Own and his helped put Julia Roberts on the map (whether or not that's a good thing . . . ?).

RIP
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10:02AM on 07/20/2016
If for nothing else, his performances in Lost in America and Soapdish are comedy gold. RIP sir.
If for nothing else, his performances in Lost in America and Soapdish are comedy gold. RIP sir.
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8:54AM on 07/20/2016
May you rest in peace, Mr. Marshall. I'm not much of a fan of Happy Days but I really like Laverne and Shirley a lot.
May you rest in peace, Mr. Marshall. I'm not much of a fan of Happy Days but I really like Laverne and Shirley a lot.
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8:43AM on 07/20/2016
Can't say I was a fan of him or his schmaltzy movies
Can't say I was a fan of him or his schmaltzy movies
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12:12PM on 07/20/2016
Actually you did say it.
Actually you did say it.
8:05AM on 07/20/2016
I was super young when I realized his incredible talent. I would have been 10-12 years old when seeing him on Murphy Brown and thought he was hilarious then. Quite a talent in Hollywood for decades, sorry to see him pass.
I was super young when I realized his incredible talent. I would have been 10-12 years old when seeing him on Murphy Brown and thought he was hilarious then. Quite a talent in Hollywood for decades, sorry to see him pass.
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