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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Remembering Garry Marshall and his TV shows

Garry Marshall, who died on Tuesday at age 81, was best known for creating and producing the ABC sitcoms, The Odd Couple (1970-75), Happy Days (1974-84), Laverne & Shirley (1976-83) and Mork & Mindy (1978-82). His other shows include Hey, Landlord (1966-67), Me and the Chimp (1972), The Little People/The Brian Keith Show (1972-74), Blansky's Beauties (1977), Who's Watching the Kids? (1978), Makin' It (1979), Angie (1979-80), Joanie Loves Chachi (1982-83), The New Odd Couple (1982-83) and Nothing in Common (1987). He also wrote episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Joey Bishop Show, The Danny Thomas Show, The Lucy Show, Gomer Pyle, USMC and Love, American Style.

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

Marshall also co-wrote a few movies, including How Sweet It Is! (1968), The Grasshopper (1970), The Flamingo Kid and The Other Sister. And he co-wrote three plays - Shelves (aka Everybody Say "Cheese!"), The Roast (which ran for four performances on Broadway in 1980) and Wrong Turn at Lungfish - as well as the book for Happy Days: A New Musical, which had a National Tour in 2008-09.

As an actor, he appeared in such films as Grand Theft Auto (1977), Lost in America (1985), Soapdish (1991), A League of Their Own (1992, directed by his sister Penny Marshall), Never Been Kissed (1999), Orange County (2002), Keeping Up with the Steins (2006), Race to Witch Mountain (2009) and Life After Beth (2014). His TV acting credits include Blansky's Beauties (in a recurring role as Nancy Walker's employer), Murphy Brown (as network president Stan Lansing in 24 episodes) and the 1997 Showtime movie, The Twilight of the Golds.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Garry Marshall's life and career.

The Odd Couple (1970-75)

Me and the Chimp (1972)

Happy Days (1974-84)

Laverne & Shirley (1976-83)

Blansky's Beauties (1977)

Mork & Mindy (1978-82)

Angie (1979-80)

He played a casino manager in Lost in America (1985) starring Albert Brooks.

Entertainment Tonight visited the set of Murphy Brown during the filming of a 1995 episode featuring Marshall and Jane Seymour.

He and Faye Dunaway played the parents of Jennifer Beals and Brendan Fraser in The Twilight of the Golds (1997).

He discussed creating Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy in a 2000 Archive of American Television interview.

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