Garry Marshall

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Garry Marshall
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Marshall speaking at an event in 2013
Born Garry Kent Masciarelli
(1934-11-13)November 13, 1934
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Died July 19, 2016(2016-07-19) (aged 81)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Cause of death Pneumonia
Nationality American
Alma mater Northwestern University[1]
Occupation Actor, director, producer, writer, voice artist, comedian
Years active 1959–2016
Spouse(s) Barbara Wells
Children 3 (including Scott Marshall)
Relatives Penny Marshall (sister)
Ronny Hallin (sister)

Garry Marshall (born Garry Kent Masciarelli; November 13, 1934 – July 19, 2016) was an American actor, director, producer, writer, voice artist and comedian. He was known for 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.

Early life and family[edit]

Garry Kent Masciarelli was born in the Bronx, New York, on November 13, 1934,[2][3] to parents Marjorie Irene (née Ward), a tap dance teacher, and Anthony Wallace Masciarelli, an industrial film director.[4] Marshall's father was of Italian descent, with the family originating in San Martino sulla Marrucina, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy.[5] Marshall's mother was of German, English, and Scottish ancestry.[6]

The family surname was changed by his father from "Masciarelli" to "Marshall" after Marshall's birth in 1934.[7] Although baptized in the Presbyterian church, Marshall also attended a Lutheran church during his childhood.[8]

The family also included Marshall's two sisters, the actress and director Penny Marshall and the television producer Ronny Hallin.

Marshall attended Public School 80 and De Witt Clinton High School, both in the Bronx. Following high school graduation, Marshall attended Northwestern University, studying journalism.[9] Marshall was a sports writer for Northwestern's newspaper, The Daily Northwestern, and pledged to the fraternity Alpha Tau Omega.[10][11]


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] In 1961, he moved to Hollywood, where he teamed up with Jerry Belson as a writer for television. 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. On his own, Marshall created Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley (starring his sister Penny), 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 Hector Elizondo while playing basketball and became great friends. Elizondo appeared in every film that Marshall directed, beginning with Marshall's 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".[16] In 1984, Marshall had a film hit as the writer and director of The Flamingo Kid.[17]

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

A consummate producer, 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.[18] Then came successes in producing The Odd Couple, Laverne and Shirley, Blansky's Beauties, Mork & Mindy, Angie, and Happy Days. Marshall 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. 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.[19] It starred Julie Paris (the daughter of 'Jerry Paris) and Bert Kramer. 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.[19]

Marshall in January 2008

Marshall was also an actor, making his television acting debut starting as a child with a recurring role in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950–58),[20] appearing in Murphy Brown and in such films as Soapdish, On the Lot, and provided a guest-starring voice for The Simpsons episodes Eight Misbehavin' and Homer the Father. He also appeared in two episodes of Happy Days as a drummer.[19]

His theater credits included Wrong Turn at Lungfish, which he wrote in collaboration with Lowell Ganz,[21] The Roast with Jerry Belson,[22] Shelves and Happy Days: A New Musical with Paul Williams,[23] which had its premiere at the Falcon Theater in Burbank, California, February 24, 2006.[24] He portrayed the role of "director" on Burbank's "Lights... camera... action!" float in the 2014 Rose Parade.

His son Scott Marshall is also a director.

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

Illness and death[edit]

On July 19, 2016, Marshall died at a hospital in Burbank, California, at the age of 81 due to complications of pneumonia after suffering a stroke.[25][26] He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California.[27]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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.[28] Marshall was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame for his contributions to the field of television in 1997.[29]

In 2012, he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters' Broadcasting Hall of Fame.[30] Marshall received the Valentine Davies Award (1995) and Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement (2014)[31] from the Writers Guild of America.[32]

On November 23, 1983, Marshall received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in the television industry, located at 6838 Hollywood Boulevard.[33][34]


Directing credits[edit]

Year Film
1982 Young Doctors in Love
1984 Flamingo Kid, TheThe Flamingo Kid
1986 Nothing in Common
1987 Overboard
1988 Beaches
1990 Pretty Woman
1991 Frankie and Johnny
1994 Exit to Eden
1996 Dear God
1999 Other Sister, TheThe Other Sister
Runaway Bride
2001 Princess Diaries, TheThe Princess Diaries
2004 Raising Helen
Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, TheThe Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
2007 Georgia Rule
2010 Valentine's Day
2011 New Year's Eve
2016 Mother's Day

Television credits as producer or writer[edit]

Years Program Notes
1959–61 Tonight Starring Jack Paar
1961–64 Danny Thomas Show, TheThe Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy)
1961–65 Joey Bishop Show, TheThe Joey Bishop Show
1961–66 Dick Van Dyke Show, TheThe Dick Van Dyke Show
1962–68 Lucy Show, TheThe Lucy Show
1964 Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theater
1964 Gomer Pyle, USMC
1965–66 Hank
1966 Hey, Landlord creator, writer, director
1967 Sheriff Who?
1969-74 Love, American Style 19 episodes, 1969-72
1970–75 Odd Couple, TheThe Odd Couple
1972 Me and the Chimp
1972 Evil Roy Slade
1974–84 Happy Days creator, executive producer
1974 Brian Keith Show, TheThe Brian Keith Show
1974 Dominick's Dream
1975 Wives
1976–83 Laverne and Shirley
1977 Blansky's Beauties creator, executive producer
1978–82 Mork & Mindy creator, executive producer
1978 Who's Watching the Kids creator, executive producer
1979–80 Angie creator, executive producer
1979 Beanes of Boston
1979 Out of the Blue
1979 Makin' It
1981 Mean Jeans
1982–83 New Odd Couple, TheThe New Odd Couple executive producer
1982–83 Joanie Loves Chachi creator, executive producer
1986 Four Stars
1986 Nothing in Common
2015–2016 The Odd Couple executive consultant

Acting credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1950–58 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
1964 Goldfinger Hoodlum Uncredited
1977 Blansky's Beauties
1985 Lost in America Casino Manager
1986 Jumpin' Jack Flash Police Detective Uncredited
1991 Soapdish Edmund Edwards
1992 A League of Their Own Walter Harvey
1993 Hocus Pocus Devil (Husband) Cameo
1994–97 Murphy Brown Stan Lansing 24 episodes
1996 Twilight of the Golds Walter Gold TV Movie
1997 Pinky & The Brain Mr. Itch - The Devil Voice; Episode: "A Pinky and the Brain Halloween"
1999 Never Been Kissed Rigfort
1999–2011 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Larry Kidkill / Sheldon Leavitt Voice; 2 episodes
2001 Tomcats Uncle Murray Uncredited
2001 The Majestic Studio Executive Voice
2002 Orange County Arthur Gantner
2002 Monk Warren Beach Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Airplane"
2002 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Mickey Brentwood Episode: "Bada-Ping!"
2004 Father of the Pride Bernie Voice; 5 episodes
2005 Chicken Little Buck Cluck Voice
2005–08 Angelica and Susie's Pre-School Daze Voice
2006 Keeping Up with the Steins Irwin Fiedler
2006 Brothers and Sisters Major Jack Wiener 2 episodes
2008 Hole in the Paper Sky Warren
2008 The Sarah Silverman Program Sharkcorp President Episode: "High, It's Sarah"
2009 Race to Witch Mountain Dr. Donald Harlan
2009 According to Jim Doctor Episode: "Physical Therapy"
2011–13 Looney Tunes Show, TheThe Looney Tunes Show Dr. Weisberg Voice
2012 Louie Lars Tardigan 2 episodes
2014 Two and a Half Men Garry Episode: "Bite Me, Supreme Court"
2014 Liv and Maddie Vic Defazerelli Episode: "Space-Werewolf-A-Rooney"
2014 Life After Beth Grandpa
2015 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Soda Jerk Voice; 2 episodes
2015 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Marvin Miller Episode: "The Wednesday Incident"
2015 Hot in Cleveland Ari Episode: "All Dolled Up"
2015 BoJack Horseman Abe Voice; Episode: "Yes And"
2016 The Odd Couple Walter Madison Episode: "Madison & Son"


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Further reading[edit]

  • Marshall, Garry (1995). Wake Me When It's Funny: How to Break into Show Business and Stay There. Newmarket Press. ISBN 1-55704-288-8. 

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