Rolling Stone; USA Today

He Had One of the Best Comedic Minds in Hollywood: Writer, Director and Sometimes Actor Garry Marshall Dies at 81

Jul 19, 2016  •  Post A Comment

“Garry Marshall, 81, the beloved comedy legend who created TV hits like ‘Happy Days’ and ‘Mork and Mindy,’ and directed box office smashes like ‘Beaches,’ ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘The Princess Diaries,’ has died from complications of pneumonia following a stroke at a hospital in Burbank, California,” reports Rolling Stone magazine.

The story continues, “Born in the Bronx in 1934, Marshall began his storied career in comedy as a joke writer for other comedians, eventually earning a gig on Jack Paar’s ‘Tonight Show.’ In the early Sixties, Marshall moved to Hollywood where he partnered with Jerry Belson and worked on a variety of shows starring comedy legends like Joey Bishop, Dick Van Dyke and Lucille Ball.

In 1966, Marshall and Belson unveiled their first original series, ‘Hey, Landlord,’ but the show only lasted one season. Four years later, however, the pair scored a huge hit with their adaptation of Neil Simon’s play, ‘The Odd Couple.’

Adds  USA Today, Marshall “went on to create sitcoms ‘Happy Days,’ ‘Laverne & Shirley’ (which starred Garry’s sister, Penny Marshall) and ‘Mork & Mindy’ (which introduced the world to Robin Williams).”

Here, in perhaps Marshall’s most memorable role, he plays the casino manager of the Desert Inn in Las Vegas. The clip is from Albert Brooks’ “Lost in America” and in this scene Brooks is trying to convince Marshall’s character to give them back all the money his wife lost gambling.



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  1. We lost a truly great talent and gentleman. He will be missed.

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