AceShowbiz - Director %cGarry Marshall% passed away on Tuesday, July 19. The legendary filmmaker, who was behind some of the most beloved TV shows and movies, died at 5 P.M. due to complications from pneumonia following a stroke at a hospital in Burbank, California. He was 81.
New York-born Marshall, who majored in journalism at Northwestern University, first worked as a reporter for the New York Daily News before moving to Los Angeles in 1961 to work as a writer for TV shows like "The Dick Van Dyke Show".
In the 1970s, he created a bunch of iconic sitcoms including "Happy Days", "The Odd Couple", "Laverne and Shirley" and "Mork and Mindy". Marshall's also popular as a movie director. He helmed a number of classics like 1990's "Pretty Woman" which catapulted %cJulia Roberts% into superstardom and 2001's "The Princess Diaries" that also gave a boost to %cAnne Hathaway%'s career.
His other credits included the 2004 sequel to "Princess Diaries", 2010's "Valentine's Day" and 2011's "New Year's Eve". His most recent movie was "Mother's Day" which stars Roberts and %cJennifer Aniston%, and was released last April.
Following news of Marshall's passing, a lot of big names in Hollywood took to social media to pay tribute to him. "RIP Garry Marshall. You forever changed my father's life, and thus, mine. Thank you for capturing so much joy on film, over and over," tweeted %cZelda Williams%, whose late dad %cRobin Williams% appeared on some TV shows Marshall produced.
RIP Garry Marshall. You forever changed my father's life, and thus, mine. Thank you for capturing so much joy on film, over and over.— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) July 20, 2016
"The world has lost a great man, a comedy icon and a wonderful friend. Rest in peace Garry Marshall," %cBob Saget% also wrote on Twitter. "Garry Marshall, I am forever indebted to you. Thank you for taking a chance on me. I love you. On the wings on Angels, rest now," %cSarah Paulson% said.
The world has lost a great man, a comedy icon and a wonderful friend.
Rest in peace Garry Marshall.— bob saget (@bobsaget) July 20, 2016
Garry Marshall, I am forever indebted to you. Thank you for taking a chance on me. I love you. On the wings on Angels, rest now.— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) July 20, 2016
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
Garry Marshall was as sweet as he was generous and he told a great story. He will be missed.— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) July 20, 2016