Veteran American film Director, Producer and Writer Garry Marshall, who directed hit movies such as “Pretty Woman’’ and “The Princess Diaries’’, died on Tuesday at the age of 81.
According to his representative, Michelle Bega, he died in Burbank, California from complications of pneumonia after a stroke.
Marshall was responsible for creating sitcom hits such as “The Odd Couple” and “Happy Days.”
His “Happy Days” debuted as a television series on ABC in 1974, starting a 10-year run that saw Henry Winkler’s “the Fonz” become what Variety described as a cultural touchstone.
“The Odd Couple,” a hit sitcom also created and produced by Marshall, began a five-year run on ABC in 1970.
The show, starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, received Emmy nominations and wins for the comedy series.
He also directed “Pretty Woman,” a big screen blockbuster in 1990 starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere that grossed 463 million dollars worldwide.
Roberts earned an Oscar nomination for best actress and the film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best comedy/musical.
“The Princess Diaries’’, “Beaches” and “The Flamingo Kid,” were among other popular films Marshall had a hand in putting on the big screen.
Marshall was the older brother of Penny Marshall, who played the unrefined but lovable Laverne DeFazio on “Laverne & Shirley”
“Laverne & Shirley was a sequel to “Happy Days” Marshall co-created that ran on the ABC network from 1976 to 1983.
“The Princess Diaries,” “Beaches” and “The Flamingo Kid’’, were among other popular films Marshall had a hand in putting on the big screen. (Reuters/NAN)