Things You Should Know About Garry Marshall and His Death

Things You Should Know About Garry Marshall and His Death

Things You Should Know About Garry Marshall and His Death
Garry Marshall arrives at the Television Academy’s 70th Anniversary at The Television Academy on Thursday, June 2, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

Born on 13th November 1934, in New York City, Garry Kent Marshall, as his name was fully called, was an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, and actor who contributed in the development of some top-notch movies. Marshall died after battling complications from pneumonia, which had been preceded by a stroke, in his home in Burbank, California on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, according to reports. We’ll be detailing on everything you need to know about Garry Marshall.

If you don’t know about Garry Marshall at all, then you might as well remember films like; Happy Days, Neil Simon’s 1965 play The Odd Couple (which he developed). He directed other films like Pretty Woman, Beaches, Runaway Bride, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day, The Princess Diaries, and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. So, therefore, it’s not only about his lifetime, but we’ll also tell you some few things you don’t know about Garry Marshall’s career.

Garry made his name into the film industry through broadcast television, where he started working as a writer in 1961 for TV shows. Since making his debut in the industry, he oversaw several popular shows which became a success. Garry Marshall gradually made his way into featuring in films in the 1980s. One of the notable films he featured was “Young Doctors in Love” in 1982. He later earned an Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction and a Grammy for “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Now read further below in order to know about Garry Marshall.

Garry Marshall and His Death
Things You Should Know About Garry Marshall and His Death

Things to Know About Garry Marshall

We’ll be giving you a brief history of Garry Marshall, his career, his personality, and his death.

Brief History of Garry Marshall

  • Do you know that Garry’s father was a former director of “industrial films” and later produce by name Anthony Wallace Marshall (1906-1999)
  • His mother was a tap dance teacher who ran a tap dance school by name Marjorie Irene (1908-1983).
  • His father was of Italian descent, his family having come from San Martino sulla Marrucina, Chieti, Abruzzo, and his mother was of German, English, and Scottish ancestry. 
  • His father changed his last name from Masciarelli to Marshall before his son Garry was born. Garry Marshall was baptized Presbyterian and also raised Lutheran for a time.
  • Garry Marshall was the brother of actress/director Penny Marshall and Ronny Marshall Hallin, a television producer.
  • He attended De Witt Clinton High School and Northwestern University, where he wrote a sports column for The Daily Northwestern, and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
  • Beginning in 1956, Marshall served a stint in the U.S. Army as a writer for Stars and Stripes and Seoul News and was production chief for Armed Forces Radio Network; serving in Korea.
  • Marshall married Barbra Wells on March 9, 1963. Together they have three children, including Scott Marshall.

Garry Marshall
Director Garry Marshall and sister, actress-director Penny Marshall, seen here in 2004 when she received her star on the Walk Of Fame.

About His Career

  • Marshall broke into Hollywood in 1961, where he and Fred Freeman started writing sitcoms on The Joey Bishop Show. When Freeman moved back to New York, Garry Marshall soon teamed up with new writing partner Jerry Belson, and the two worked as a team through the 1960s.
  • The first television series they did was Hey, Landlord, which lasted one season (1966–67). Then they adapted Neil Simon’s play The Odd Couple for television.
  • In the 1970s, Marshall worked with others by creating created Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley (starring his sister Penny), and Mork & Mindy, which were produced by his associates Thomas L. MillerRobert L. Boyett, and Edward K. Milkis.
  • His mother, Marjorie Marshall, appeared in the “Happy Days (1974) episode.”
  • In the early 1980s, he met Héctor Elizondo while playing basketball, and they became great friends. Elizondo appeared in every film that Marshall directed, beginning with his first feature film Young Doctors in Love.
  • He was the original choice to direct the Sleepless in Seattle (1993).
  • Still in 1993, he played the husband of his blood sister, Penny Marshall in “Hocus Pocus.”
  • Marshall received the Valentine Davies Award in 1995.
  • 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.
  • He co-authored the memoir “Wake Me When It’s Funny” with his daughter Lori Marshall. Also in that same year, He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame for his contributions to the field of television in 1997.
  • February 24, 2006, he portrayed the role of “director” on “Burbank’s Lights.” 
  • In 2012, he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters’ Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
  •  In 2014, Marshall appeared in a guest star role in a February episode in season 11 of Two and a Half Men. Still, in that year, he received the Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement from the Writers Guild of America.

Garry Marshall’s Personality

  • One thing you should know about Garry Marshall is that he loves basketball. His obsession with the game made him provide a basketball court on his film locations as part of his contract.
  • He likes to take separate pictures of himself with every member of the huge cast and crew.
  • Garry Marshall is always afraid of heights.
  • He also owns and operates the Falcon Theater in Burbank, in California along with his daughter, Kathleen Marshall.

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About His Death

As of 19th of July, 2016, Garry Kent Marshall died at a hospital in Burbank, California, due to complications of pneumonia after suffering a stroke. Marshall’s daughter Kathleen said that when things took a turn, they just started calling people. Dozens of Marshall’s friends and collaborators were able to come to the hospital to say goodbye.

  • In November 2016, Marshall was memorialized in Northridge, California. The reason it took place four months after he died, on what would have been his 82nd birthday, is probably because it was such a grand affair. Over 1000 people from inside and outside the entertainment industry, from studio moguls to secretaries to his college roommates to retired Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, gathered in the Northridge Performing Arts Center to honour his legacy, according to the Los Angeles Times.
  • After the ceremony, Marshall’s family announced that the Falcon Theatre in Burbank would be renamed in his honour, to commemorate his legacy.
  • His death led to so many celebrities paying tribute to him. Most notably is Julia Roberts paid tribute to Marshall on Pretty Woman: The Musical, in 2018. Also, Henry Winkler who paid tribute to Marshall on Barry in 2019 and SAG-AFTRA made a Memoriam Tribute to Marshall on the SAG Awards in 2019.
  • Not only that, ABC equally aired the special The Happy Days of Garry Marshall on May 12, 2020, with the hashtag of The Happy Days of Garry Marshall – May 12 at 8|7cCelebrate the stories you know and love and the man who brought them to life with #TheHappyDaysOfGarryMarshall, Tuesday, May 12 at 8|7c on ABC.

Below are some of his Tributes:

“Garry used to say life is more important than show business because family life was the most important thing to him,” recalled Barbara. “We didn’t move to Beverly Hills. We didn’t want to do the show biz thing that everybody was doing. And we still maintained our sense of family.”

Garry once said, “If you can get out of bed each day and go to a job you love and return home to a family you love, that is the key to life.”

When he died, Barbara said the hardest thing was that she couldn’t do anything to help him. “When you’ve lived with a hypochondriac for 50 years and he finally has something bad, that’s hard. My pain was that I always saved him and I didn’t save him this time,” said Barbara.

  • “I wouldn’t have a career if it wasn’t for my brother. Let’s be honest, he’s the one that pointed me in this direction, he got me parts. I didn’t know at the beginning they hired me so that he would rewrite or punch up a script. I didn’t know that at the time,” she said in a 2016 interview about her brother.
  • “Garry was like the godfather. The people that worked for Garry could go to Garry with their problems. He would listen, he would try to fix, you felt like you were part of a cohesive family unit,” said Dawber.
  • “I think Garry Marshall, at heart, was a teacher. I think he really loved to teach and inspire. He loved finding some magic in you that you didn’t see,” said Anson Williams, who starred on “Happy Days.”
  • “The breadth of people who credit Garry with giving them their first jobs — for supporting them, for standing up for them — is unbelievable,” says Rob Lowe, who co-starred with Marshall on “Brothers & Sisters.”
  • Princess Diaries star Anne Hathaway says, “He made us. For so many of us, we have careers because of him. Our greatest dreams came true because of him.”
  • Yvette Nicole Brown, who starred on Marshall’s updated “Odd Couple,” summed it up best by saying, “A light like that does not go out. It lives on in his kids, it lives on in his shows, and it lives on in his movies. That is a life well-lived.”