Garry Marshall, American director, producer, writer and actor, Died at 81

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Garry Kent Marshall was born on November 13, 1934, and died on July 19, 2016.

He was an American actor, director, producer, writer, voice artist, and comedian.

Marshall’s notable credits included creating Happy Days and its various spin-offs, developing Neil Simon’s 1965 play The Odd Couple for television, and directing Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day, The Princess Diaries, and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

As a consummate producer, he has wore many hats during this period of his career: Most of his hit television series were created and executive produced by him.

Garry’s first producing assignment came with Hey, Landlord in 1966.

Marshall stepped up the very next year, producing The Lucy Show.

Then came successes in producing The Odd Couple, Laverne and Shirley, Blansky’s Beauties, Mork & Mindy, Angie, and Happy Days.

He also 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.

During 2014, he appeared in a guest star role in a February episode in season 11 of Two and a Half Men.

He died at a hospital in Burbank, California, due to complications of pneumonia after suffering a stroke.

Garry Marshall passed away at 81 years old.

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