Garry Marshall has passed away tonight at the age of 81. He was a true legend in Hollywood who gave nothing but iconic, feel-good movies and sitcoms. Marshall was responsible for shows like Happy Days and the classic movie Pretty Woman.
As Access Hollywood first reported, Marshall died from complications with pneumonia following a stroke that he had. He was being treated at a hospital in Burbank, but ultimately couldn’t overcome the complications.
Marshall got his big break when he created The Odd Couple for NBC back in 1970. He then went on to create Happy Days in 1974, which became a No. 1 show that is still adored to this day. His directorial debut came when he shot Pretty Woman — a film and script he is attributed to making leaps and bounds better just by adding his expertise to.
It was in film that he really created some masterpieces that everyone loves. From Pretty Woman to The Princess Diaries to Georgia Rule and his most recent film, Mother’s Day, Marshall worked on what he loved most up until the very end of his life.
His respect for the craft, the knowledge and desire to create something spectacular were only outshone by the positive and kind attitude he brought to every set he was on. Already there is an outpouring of love and admiration for Marshall from all those he touched while he was working with them.
Almost as if written by Marshall himself, Henry Winkler wrote the first tweet, saying “GARRY MARSHALL Rest In Peace. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty, friendship and generosity.”
GARRY MARSHALL Rest In Peace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty , friendship and generosity .
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) July 20, 2016
While it is incredibly sad that we will no longer be able to see new works of art from Marshall, we can certainly celebrate the incredible moments he gave us while he was alive.
We send our condolences to his family and the many who loved him.