Garry Marshall

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Garry Marshall
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Marshall in 2013
Born
Garry Kent Marshall

(1934-11-13)November 13, 1934
DiedJuly 19, 2016(2016-07-19) (aged 81)
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
Alma mater Northwestern University [1]
Occupation
  • Actor
  • filmmaker
Years active1959–2016
Spouse(s)
Barbara Sue Wells
(m. 1963)
Children3, including Scott Marshall
Relatives Penny Marshall (sister)
Tracy Reiner (niece)
Anthony W. Marshall (father)

Garry Kent Marshall (November 13, 1934 – July 19, 2016) [2] was an American actor and filmmaker. He started his career in the 1960s writing for The Lucy Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show before he developed Neil Simon's 1965 play The Odd Couple for television in 1970. He gained fame for creating Happy Days (1974–1984), Laverne and Shirley (1976–1983), and Mork and Mindy (1978–1982). He is also known for directing Overboard (1987), Beaches (1988), Pretty Woman (1990), Runaway Bride (1999), and the family films The Princess Diaries (2001) and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). He also directed the romantic comedy ensemble films Valentine's Day (2010), New Year's Eve (2011), and Mother's Day (2016).

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Early life

Garry Kent Marshall was born in the Bronx, New York City, on November 13, 1934, the only son and the eldest child of Anthony "Tony" Masciarelli (later Anthony Wallace Marshall; 1906–1999), a director of industrial films and producer, and Marjorie Irene (née Ward; 1908–1983), the owner and teacher in a tap dance school. [3] He was the brother of actress/director Penny Marshall and Ronny Marshall Hallin, a television producer. His father was of Italian descent, his family having come from San Martino sulla Marrucina, Chieti, Abruzzo, [4] and his mother was of German, English, and Scottish ancestry. [5] His father changed his last name from Masciarelli to Marshall before his son Garry was born. [2] Garry Marshall was baptized Presbyterian and also raised Lutheran for a time. [6]

He attended De Witt Clinton High School and Northwestern University, where he wrote a sports column for The Daily Northwestern , and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. [7] [8] Beginning in 1956, Marshall served a stint in the U.S. Army as a writer for Stars and Stripes and Seoul News, and was production chief for Armed Forces Radio Network; serving in Korea. [9] [10] [11]

Career

Marshall c. 1995 Garry Marshall at the Producers Guild of America's Golden Laurel Awards.jpg
Marshall c. 1995

Marshall began his career as a joke writer for such comedians as Joey Bishop and Phil Foster and became a writer for The Tonight Show with Jack Paar. [12] He originally partnered with writer Fred Freeman.

In 1961, he and Freeman moved to Hollywood, where they broke into writing sitcoms on The Joey Bishop Show . Freeman, however, found that he didn't enjoy sitcom work, and moved back to New York. Marshall soon teamed up with new writing partner Jerry Belson, and the two worked as a team through the 1960s. The pair worked on The Dick Van Dyke Show , The Joey Bishop Show, The Danny Thomas Show , and The Lucy Show . Their first television series as creator-producers was Hey, Landlord , which lasted one season (1966–67). Then they adapted Neil Simon's play The Odd Couple for television. Moving into the 1970s, Marshall worked on his own or with others, and created Happy Days , Laverne & Shirley (starring his sister Penny, who had earlier had a recurring role on The Odd Couple ), and Mork & Mindy , which were produced by his associates Thomas L. Miller, Robert L. Boyett, and Edward K. Milkis. [13] He was also a co-creator of Makin' It , [14] which the three men also produced.

In the early 1980s, he met Héctor Elizondo while playing basketball, and they became great friends. Elizondo appeared in every film that Marshall directed, beginning with his first feature film Young Doctors in Love . Elizondo once noted that he is written into all of Marshall's contracts whether he wanted to do the film or not. [15]

In the opening credits of Exit to Eden (their eighth film together), Elizondo is credited "As Usual ... Hector Elizondo". In 1984, Marshall had a film hit as the writer and director of The Flamingo Kid . [16]

Marshall wore many hats during this period of his career: most of his hit television series were created and executive produced by him. His first producing assignment came with Hey, Landlord in 1966. He stepped up the very next year, producing The Lucy Show. [17] Then came successes in producing The Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley, Blansky's Beauties , Mork & Mindy, Angie, and Happy Days. He launched independent productions through his theater (The Falcon in Toluca Lake) and in association with productions launched with talent he was grooming and working with for years.[ citation needed ]

One such project titled Four Stars was directed by Lynda Goodfriend (who portrayed Lori Beth in Happy Days), and was based on a play Goodfriend had read when she was studying at the Lee Strasberg Center, which had been written by John Schulte and Kevin Mahoney. It starred Julie Paris (the daughter of Jerry Paris) and Bert Kramer. Schulte later co-wrote with TV veteran writer and producer Fred Fox Jr., who penned and produced a number of Marshall's television series, including Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. [18] Marshall went on to focus on directing feature films, with a series of hits, such as Beaches , Pretty Woman , The Princess Diaries , Valentine's Day , and New Year's Eve .

Marshall and Jonny Blu on the set of The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement in 2004 Jonny Blu Garry Marshall Princess Diaries 2.jpg
Marshall and Jonny Blu on the set of The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement in 2004

Marshall was also an actor, appearing in Murphy Brown and in such films as Soapdish , On the Lot , his sister's A League Of Their Own and Albert Brooks' Lost in America , and provided a guest-starring voice for The Simpsons episodes "Eight Misbehavin' " and "Homer the Father" (one of his first roles as an undercover cop in the counter-culture drama Psych-Out starring Jack Nicholson). He also appeared in two episodes of Happy Days as a drummer. He was also a drummer in the second last scene of The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and he plays a drummer in his film Overboard.

His theater credits included Wrong Turn at Lungfish, which he wrote in collaboration with Lowell Ganz, [19] The Roast with Jerry Belson, [20] Shelves and Happy Days: A New Musical with Paul Williams, [21] which had its premiere at the Falcon Theater in Burbank, California, February 24, 2006. [22] He portrayed the role of "director" on Burbank's "Lights... camera... action!" float in the 2014 Rose Parade. In 2014, Marshall appeared in a guest star role in a February episode in season 11 of Two and a Half Men .

In 1997, he co-authored the memoir Wake Me When It's Funny with his daughter Lori Marshall.[ citation needed ]

Personal life

Marshall married Barbara Sue Wells on March 9, 1963. [23] They had three children, including Scott Marshall. [23]

Death and tributes

On the morning of July 19, 2016, Marshall, aged 81, died at a hospital in Burbank, California, due to complications of pneumonia after suffering a stroke. [24] [25]

Henry Winkler paid tribute to Marshall on Barry in 2019 [26] and SAG-AFTRA made a Memoriam Tribute to Marshall on the SAG Awards in 2019. [27] Also, Julia Roberts paid tribute to Marshall in Pretty Woman: The Musical , in 2018. [28]

ABC aired the special The Happy Days of Garry Marshall on May 12, 2020. [29]

Filmography

Film

YearTitle Director Producer Writer ActorRoleNotes
1961 The Phony American NoNoNoYesU.S. Recruiting Officer
1968 Maryjane NoNoNoYesService Station AttendantCredited as Garry K. Marshall
1968 Psych-Out NoNoNoYesPlainclothesmanCredited as Gary Marshall
1968 How Sweet It Is! NoYesYesYesMan in top bunkVoice, Uncredited
Screenplay
1970 The Grasshopper NoYesYesNoScreenplay/story
1977Walkin' WalterNoYesNoNoExecutive Producer
1977 Grand Theft Auto NoNoNoYesUnderworld BossCredited as Gary K. Marshall
1982 Young Doctors in Love YesNoNoNo
1984 The Flamingo Kid YesNoYesNoScreenplay
1985 Lost in America NoNoNoYesCasino ManagerCredited as Garry K. Marshall
1986 Jumpin' Jack Flash NoNoNoYesPolice DetectiveCredited as Garry K. Marshall
1986 Nothing in Common YesNoYesNoFirst rewrite — uncredited
1987 Overboard YesNoNoYesDrummerUncredited
1987 Nothing in Common NoYesNoNo
1988 Beaches YesNoNoYesAudition DirectorUncredited
1989The LotteryYesNoNoNoShort film
1990 Pretty Woman YesNoNoYesBum Tour GuideUncredited
1990Secret Agent OO SoulNoNoNoYesUnknown role
1991 Frankie and Johnny YesYesNoNo
1991 Soapdish NoNoNoYesEdmund Edwards
1992 A League of Their Own NoNoNoYesWalter Harvey
1993 Hocus Pocus NoNoNoYesDevil (Husband)Uncredited
1994 Exit to Eden YesYesNoYesPriscilla's ClientVoice, Uncredited
1995 Live Nude Girls NoNoNoYesMobster DonUncredited
1995Statistically SpeakingNoNoNoYesUnknown roleShort
1996 The Twilight of the Golds NoYesNoNoExecutive producer
1996 Dear God YesNoNoYesPreston Sweeney, PostmasterUncredited
1996 Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore NoNoNoYesComplaining Customer
1996 The Twilight of the Golds NoNoNoYesWalter Gold
1998 With Friends Like These... NoNoNoYesFrank Minetti
1998 Hole in the Paper Sky NoNoNoYesWarrenShort
1999 The Other Sister YesNoYesNoScreenplay/story
1999 Runaway Bride YesNoNoYesFirst Baseman in SoftballUncredited
1999KismetNoNoNoYesStepfatherShort
1999 Never Been Kissed NoNoNoYesRigfort
1999The Space Between UsNoNoNoYesSteve Mayland
1999 Can't Be Heaven NoNoNoYesPawn Shop Broker
2000It's a Shame About RayNoNoNoYesMr. BrezhnevShort
2001 The Princess Diaries YesNoNoNo
2001 Tomcats NoNoNoYesUncle MurrayUncredited
2001 The Hollywood Sign NoNoNoYesDirector
2001 The Majestic NoNoNoYesStudio ExecutiveVoice
2002 Orange County NoNoNoYesArthur Gantner
2002Mother GhostNoNoNoYesArthur
2003 The Long Ride Home NoNoNoYesArthur
2003They Call Him SasquatchNoNoNoYesStu Glassman
2003Devil's KnightNoNoNoYesBig Eddie
2004 Raising Helen YesNoNoNo
2004 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement YesNoNoNo
2005MuteNoNoNoYesPastorShort
2005 Chicken Little NoNoNoYesBuck CluckVoice
2006 Keeping Up with the Steins NoNoNoYesIrwin Fiedler
2006 I-See-You.Com NoNoNoYesHimself
2007 Georgia Rule YesNoNoNo
2008 Chronic Town NoNoNoYesThe Doctor
2009 Finding Bliss NoNoNoYesHimself
2009 Race to Witch Mountain NoNoNoYesDr. Donald Harlan
2009Grand DripNoNoNoYesLarry RosenbergShort
2010 Valentine's Day YesNoNoYesMusicianUncredited
2011 New Year's Eve YesYesNoNo
2014 Life After Beth NoNoNoYesGrandpa
2015 Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery NoNoNoYesManny GoldmanVoice, Direct-to-DVD
2016 Mother's Day YesNoYesNoStory

Television

YearTitle Director Producer Writer ActorRoleNotes
1960 The Jack Paar Tonight Show NoNoYesNo3 episodes
1962–1965 The Joey Bishop Show NoNoYesNo12 episodes
1963–1964 Make Room for Daddy NoNoYesNo5 episodes
1964 The Bill Dana Show NoNoYesNo2 episodes
1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre NoNoYesNoTeleplay
Episode: "Think Pretty"
1964 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. NoNoYesNo2 episodes
1964Danny Thomas SpecialNoNoYesNoTelevision Special
1964–1966 The Lucy Show NoNoYesNo11 episodes
1965 Hank NoNoYesNoEpisode: "Will the Real Harvey Wheatley Pleas Stand Up?"
1965 I Spy NoNoYesNoEpisode: "No Exchange on Damaged Merchandise"
1965–1966 The Dick Van Dyke Show NoYesNoYesReferee, BartenderEpisodes: "Body and Sol", "The Gunslinger"
Producer: (18 episodes)
1966–1967 Hey, Landlord NoYesYesYesBig LeonardEpisode: "A Legend Dies"
31 episodes
1967Sheriff WhoNoYesNoNoTelevision Movie
1967 Good Morning World NoNoNoYesManEpisode: "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, Maybe"
1967Sheriff WhoNoYesNoNoTelevision Movie
1967 The Danny Thomas Hour NoYesNoNoEpisode: "It's Greek to Me"
1968Dick Van DykeNoYesNoNoTelevision Special
1968 The Danny Thomas Hour NoYesNoNoEpisode: "My Pal Tony"
1970The Murdocks and the McClaysNoYesYesNoTelevision Movie
1970 Barefoot in the Park NoNoYesNoEpisode: "The Bed"
1970–1971 Love, American Style NoNoYesNo19 episodes
1970–1975 The Odd Couple YesNoYesYesMan #2 / Werner Turner / Drummer / Man #1Director: (6 episodes)
Writer: (7 episodes)
Actor: (4 episodes)
1972 Me and the Chimp YesNoYesNoCreator: (13 episodes)
Executive Producer: (13 episodes)
1972 Evil Roy Slade NoNoYesNoTelevision Movie
1972Wednesday Night OutNoNoYesNoTelevision Movie
1972–1974 The Brian Keith Show NoYesYesNoCreator: (47 episodes)
Executive Producer: Episode: "Tonsils for Two"
1974Dominic's DreamYesYesYesNoTelevision Movie
1974–1984 Happy Days YesYesYesYesProm Drummer/DrummerCreator (255 episodes)
Director: Episode: "Haunted"
Executive producer: (255 episodes)
Writer: (2 episodes)
Actor: (2 episodes)
1975WivesNoYesYesNoTelevision Movie
Executive Producer
1976–1983 Laverne & Shirley YesYesYesYesDrummerCreator: (178 episodes)
Director: Episode: "The Society Party"
Executive producer: (178 episodes)
Actor (2 episodes)
1977 Blansky's Beauties YesYesYesNoCreator: (13 episodes)
Director: Episode: "Blansky's Biking Beauty"
Executive Producer: (2 episodes)
1978–1982 Mork & Mindy NoYesYesNoCreator: (94 episodes)
Director: Episode: "Dueling Skates"
Executive Producer (94 episodes)
1978–1979 Who's Watching the Kids? NoYesNoNoExecutive Producer: (10 episodes)
1979Beane's of BostonNoYesNoNoTelevision Movie
Executive Producer
1979–1980 Angie NoYesYesNoCreator: (36 episodes)
Producer: (36 episodes)
1980 The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang NoNoYesNoBased on characters created by Garry Marshall
1980 Vega$ NoNoNoYesDr. MiddletonEpisode: "Lost Monday"
1981The Way We WereNoNoNoYesHimselfTelevision Special
1981Mean JeansYesYesNoNoExecutive Producer
1982 Young Doctors in Love YesYesNoNoExecutive Producer
1982–1983 The New Odd Couple NoYesYesNoDeveloped for Television by Garry Marshall (18 episodes)
Executive Producer: (4 episodes)
1982–1983 Joanie Loves Chachi NoYesYesNoCreator: (17 episodes)
Executive Producer: (3 episodes)
1983 Laverne & Shirley YesNoNoNoEpisode: "The Monastery Show"
1983HerndonYesYesNoNoTelevision Movie
Executive Producer
1986Four StarsNoYesNoNoTelevision Movie
Executive Producer
1987–1988The New Hollywood SquaresNoNoNoYesHimself (Panelist)Recurring role (5 episodes)
1989Let's Get MomYesNoNoNoTelevision Movie
1992Street Scenes: New York on FilmNoNoNoYesHimselfTelevision Documentary
1993 A League of Their Own NoNoNoYesWalter Harvey2 episodes
1993The Last ShotNoNoNoYesMark Tullis, Sr.Television Short
1994–1997 Murphy Brown NoNoNoYesMr. Stan LansingRecurring role (24 episodes)
1995 Night Stand NoNoNoYesGarry MarshallEpisode: "Arctic Heat"
1995 Wheel of Fortune NoNoNoYesHimself (Celebrity Contestant)Episode: "Celebrity Award Winners (Game 3)"
1995The Laverne & Shirley ReunionNoNoNoYesHimselfTelevision Special
1997 Pinky and the Brain NoNoNoYesMr. Itch – The DevilVoice, Episode: "A Pinky and the Brain Halloween"
1997 The Naked Truth NoNoNoYesGarry MarshallEpisode: "Brideface Revisited"
1997 City Guys NoNoNoYesMr. GiordanoEpisode: "Bye Mom"
1998 CHiPs '99 NoNoNoYesTour Bus DriverTelevision Movie
1999 Norm NoNoNoYesBig NickEpisode: "Norm vs. Norm"
1999 The Simpsons NoNoNoYesMr Larry KidkillVoice, Episode: "Eight Misbehavin"
1999 Jeopardy! NoNoNoYesHimself (Celebrity Contestant)Episode: "A Celebrity Jeopardy! (Game 5)"
2000 MADtv NoNoNoYesHimselfEpisode: "#5.23"
2001 Hollywood Squares NoNoNoYesHimself (Panelist)Recurring role (5 episodes)
2001–2002 Three Sisters NoNoNoYesVince2 episodes
2002 Monk NoNoNoYesWarren BeachEpisode: "Mr. Monk and the Airplane"
2002 Rugrats NoNoNoYesFredVoice, Episode: "Club Fred"
2002 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch NoNoNoYesMickey BrentwoodEpisode: "Bada-Ping!"
2004 Listen Up NoNoNoYesMax KleinmanEpisode: "The Gift of the Ton-I"
2004 Father of the Pride NoNoNoYesBernieVoice, recurring role (5 episodes)
2004–2008 Biography NoNoNoYesHimself (Interviewee)5 episodes
2007 Brothers & Sisters NoNoNoYesMajor Jack Wiener2 episodes
2008 The Sarah Silverman Program NoNoNoYesSharkcorp PresidentEpisode: "High, It's Sarah"
2009 ER NoNoNoYesHarry FeingoldEpisode: "Love Is a Battlefield"
2009 According to Jim NoNoNoYesDoctorEpisode: "Physical Therapy"
2011 The Simpsons NoNoNoYesSheldon LeavittVoice, Episode: "Homer the Father"
2011–2013 The Looney Tunes Show NoNoNoYesDr. WeisbergVoice, recurring role (9 episodes)
2012 Louie NoNoNoYesLars Tardigan2 episodes
2013 See Dad Run NoNoNoYesBernieEpisode: "See Dad Run See Dad Run"
2014 See Dad Run NoNoYesNoEpisode: "See Dad See Joe Sleepwalk"
2014 Two and a Half Men NoNoNoYesGarryEpisode: "Bite Me, Supreme Court"
2014 Liv and Maddie NoNoNoYesVic DefazerelliEpisode: "Space Werewolf-A-Rooney"
2015 Brooklyn Nine-Nine NoNoNoYesMarvin MillerEpisode: "The Wednesday Incident"
2015 Hot in Cleveland NoNoNoYesAriEpisode: "All Dolled Up"
2015 BoJack Horseman NoNoNoYesAbeVoice, Episode: "Yes And"
2015 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero NoNoNoYesSoda JerkVoice, 2 episodes
2015 Celebrity Family Feud NoNoNoYesHimself (Celebrity Contestant)Episode: "Dr. Phil McGraw vs. Garry & Penny Marshall"
2015–2016 The Odd Couple NoYesNoNoExecutive Consultant (16 episodes)
2015–2016 Grandfathered NoYesNoNoExecutive Consultant (5 episodes)
2016 The Odd Couple NoNoNoYesWalter MadisonEpisode: "Madison & Son", (final appearance)

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005 Chicken Little Buck CluckVoice

Awards and nominations

In 1996, Marshall was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of excellence and innovation in creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television. [30] He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame for his contributions to the field of television in 1997. [31]

In 2012, he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters' Broadcasting Hall of Fame. [32]

Marshall received the Valentine Davies Award (1995) and Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement (2014) [33] from the Writers Guild of America. [34]

AssociationYearCategoryTitleResult
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards 2011Hall of Shame Valentine's Day Nominated
American Cinema Editors 2004Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year AwardWon
American Comedy Awards 1990 Creative Achievement Award Won
BAFTA Awards 1991 Best Film Pretty Woman Nominated
Casting Society of America 1995 Lifetime Achievement Award Won
Cesar Awards 1991 Best Foreign Film Pretty WomanNominated
Gold Derby Awards2008Lifetime Achievement AwardNominated
2010Lifetime Achievement AwardNominated
Golden Raspberry Awards 2012 Worst Director New Year's Eve Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards 1971 Outstanding New Series The Odd Couple Nominated
1971 Outstanding Comedy Series The Odd CoupleNominated
1972 Outstanding Comedy Series The Odd CoupleNominated
1974 Outstanding Comedy Series The Odd CoupleNominated
1979 Outstanding Comedy Series Mork & Mindy Nominated
PRISM Awards 2008 Best Feature Film Georgia Rule Won
Producers Guild Awards 1998 Lifetime Achievement Membership Award Won
1998 Lifetime Achievement Award in Television Won
Publicists Guild of America1980Showmanship Award – TelevisionWon
1992Showmanship Award – Motion PictureWon
TV Land Awards 2008 Legend Award Won
Walk of Fame 1983 Star on the Walk of Fame — Television 6838 Hollywood, Blvd. Won
Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards 1996 Lucy Award Won
Writers Guild of America 1965 Episodic Comedy
(for "The Bowling Partners")
Make Room for Daddy Nominated
1966 Episodic Comedy
(for "Romance, Roses and Rye Bread", "4 1/2")
The Dick Van Dyke Show Nominated
1995 Valentine Davies Award Won
2014 Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement Won

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