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Marshall speaking at an event in 2013
|Born||Garry Kent Masciarelli
November 13, 1934
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Died||July 19, 2016
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Pneumonia|
|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, writer, voice artist, comedian|
|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
Garry Kent Masciarelli was born in the Bronx, New York, on November 13, 1934, to parents Marjorie Irene (née Ward), a tap dance teacher, and Anthony Wallace Masciarelli, an industrial film director. Marshall's father was of Italian descent, with the family originating in San Martino sulla Marrucina, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy. Marshall's mother was of German, English, and Scottish ancestry.
The family surname was changed by his father from "Masciarelli" to "Marshall" after Marshall's birth in 1934. Although baptized in the Presbyterian church, Marshall also attended a Lutheran church during his childhood.
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. Marshall was a sports writer for Northwestern's newspaper, The Daily Northwestern, and pledged to the fraternity Alpha Tau Omega.
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. 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. He was also a co-creator of Makin' It, 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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), 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.
His theater credits included Wrong Turn at Lungfish, which he wrote in collaboration with Lowell Ganz, The Roast with Jerry Belson, Shelves and Happy Days: A New Musical with Paul Williams, which had its premiere at the Falcon Theater in Burbank, California, February 24, 2006. 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
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. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California.
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. Marshall was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame for his contributions to the field of television in 1997.
In 2012, he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters' Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Marshall received the Valentine Davies Award (1995) and Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement (2014) from the Writers Guild of America.
|1982||Young Doctors in Love|
|1984||Flamingo Kid, TheThe Flamingo Kid|
|1986||Nothing in Common|
|1991||Frankie and Johnny|
|1994||Exit to Eden|
|1999||Other Sister, TheThe Other Sister|
|2001||Princess Diaries, TheThe Princess Diaries|
|Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, TheThe Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement|
|2011||New Year's Eve|
Television credits as producer or writer
|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|
|1966||Hey, Landlord||creator, writer, director|
|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|
|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|
|1982–83||New Odd Couple, TheThe New Odd Couple||executive producer|
|1982–83||Joanie Loves Chachi||creator, executive producer|
|1986||Nothing in Common|
|2015–2016||The Odd Couple||executive consultant|
|1950–58||The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show|
|1985||Lost in America||Casino Manager|
|1986||Jumpin' Jack Flash||Police Detective||Uncredited|
|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||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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