Garry Marshall

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
The guiding force behind some of the most popular films and television shows of the late 20th century, Emmy-nominated writer, director and producer Garry Marshall rose from the writers' room on series like "The Dick Van ... Read more »
Born: 11/12/1934 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (88)

Inside Comedy 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Life After Beth 2014 (Movie)

Grandpa (Actor)

See Dad Run 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Statistically Speaking 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Long Ride Home 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

They Call Him Sasquatch 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Two and a Half Men 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Louie 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

According to Jim 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Race to Witch Mountain 2009 (Movie)

Dr Donald Harlan (Actor)

Julia Roberts: American Cinematheque Tribute 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sarah Silverman Program 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brothers & Sisters 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chronic Town 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

On the Lot 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The L Word 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Keeping Up With The Steins 2006 (Movie)

Irwin Fielder (Actor)

Last Comic Standing 1992 - 1993, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Norm 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Naked Truth 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Three Sisters 1992 - 1993, 2001 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicken Little 2005 (Movie)

Buck Cluck (Voice)

Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Unscripted 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

With Friends Like These 2005 (Movie)

Frank Minetti (Actor)

Father of the Pride 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Listen Up 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moving Image Salutes Richard Gere 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Happy Days 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land: The Pitch 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Laverne & Shirley 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Monk 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Orange County 2002 (Movie)

Arthur Gantner (Actor)

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spy TV 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Garry Marshall 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Sign 2001 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

The Majestic 2001 (Movie)

of Studio Executive (Voice)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Together 1999 (Movie)

Pawn Broker (Actor)

Never Been Kissed 1999 (Movie)

Rigfort (Actor)

The Simpsons 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice

This Space Between Us 1999 (Movie)

Steve Mayland (Actor)

Tony Randall: Center Stage 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Kismet 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Soulmates 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Laverne & Shirley Reunion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Shot 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A League of Their Own 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Hocus Pocus 1993 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

Walter Harvey (Actor)

Street Scenes: New York on Film 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Happy Days Reunion 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

Edmund Edwards (Actor)

The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Siskel & Ebert Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

But Seriously Folks 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Jumpin' Jack Flash 1986 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Lost in America 1985 (Movie)

Casino Manager (Actor)

Grand Theft Auto 1976 (Movie)

Underworld boss (Actor)

The Ugliest Girl in Town 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Maryjane 1968 (Movie)

Service Station Attendant (Actor)

Psych-Out 1968 (Movie)

Plainclothesman (Actor)

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 1950 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

CHiPs '99 (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight of the Golds (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (23)

New Year's Eve 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nothing in Common 1976 - 1982, 1986 - 1987, 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Exit to Eden 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Frankie and Johnny 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Joanie Loves Chachi 1981 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Laverne and Shirley 1975 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The New Odd Couple 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Young Doctors in Love 1982 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Angie 1978 - 1981 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Beane's of Boston 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Who's Watching the Kids? 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Legs 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Walkin' Walter 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wives 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Little People 1972 - 1974 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Love and the Happy Days 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Producer

Me and the Chimp 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Murdocks and the McClays 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Grasshopper 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

How Sweet It Is 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hey, Landlord 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Producer

Evil Roy Slade (TV Show)

Producer

The Odd Couple (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (21)

New Year's Eve 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Valentine's Day 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Georgia Rule 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Blansky's Beauties 1976 - 1977, 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Mork and Mindy 1976 - 1982, 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Raising Helen 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The Princess Diaries 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Runaway Bride 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Other Sister 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Dear God 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Exit to Eden 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Frankie and Johnny 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Pretty Woman 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Overboard 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Nothing in Common 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Flamingo Kid 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Herndon and Me 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director

Young Doctors in Love 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Dominic's Dream 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Director
Writer (11)

The Other Sister 1999 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Other Sister 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Flamingo Kid 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Story By

The Flamingo Kid 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Makin' It 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Creator

Wednesday Night Out 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Writer

Barefoot in The Park 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Writer

The Grasshopper 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

How Sweet It Is 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Spy 1965 - 1968 (TV Show)

Writer

The Odd Couple: Together Again (TV Show)

From Story
Other (1)

Biography

The guiding force behind some of the most popular films and television shows of the late 20th century, Emmy-nominated writer, director and producer Garry Marshall rose from the writers' room on series like "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66) to producer and creator of such enduring hits as "The Odd Couple" (ABC, 1970-75), "Happy Days" (ABC, 1974-1984), "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC, 1976-1983) and "Mork and Mindy" (ABC, 1978-1982). Marshall's segue into film direction during the early 1980s was equally successful and would go on to include such box office juggernauts as "Pretty Woman" (1990) and the "The Princess Diaries" (2001) franchise. A frequent bit player in films and television program, he could be counted on to provide streetwise humor and curmudgeonly charm, most notably on "Murphy Brown" (CBS, 1988-1998) and the feature comedy "Keeping Up with the Steins" (2006), which was directed by his son, Scott.

Relationships

Ronny Hallin Producer

Sister
Began as casting consultant on "Happy Days" (ABC), eventually receiving credit as associate producer and producer on the series; executive produced ABC's "Joanie Loves Chachi" (1982-83); produced ABC's long-running "Step By Step" (1991-98); acted in brother's "Frankie and Johnny" (1991)

Barbara Marshall Producer

Wife
Married March 9, 1963 Appeared in small roles in husband's films, including "Beaches" (1988) and "New Year's Eve" (2011)

Penny Marshall Actor

Sister
Born Oct. 15, 1943 Landed first break on "The Odd Couple" (ABC), produced by Garry; later starred in "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC) from 1976 to 1983, which was also produced by brother

Kathleen Marshall Actor

Daughter
Born Dec. 16, 1967; mother, Barbara Marshall Acted in father's "Pretty Woman" (1990), "The Princess Diaries" (2001), and "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" (2004); supervised construction on Marshall's Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA

Scott Marshall Actor

Son
Born Jan. 17, 1969; mother, Barbara Marshall; studied directing at the American Film Institute Served as second unit director for father's "Dear God" (1996) and aunt Penny's "The Preacher's Wife" (1996); made directorial debut with "Spin Cycle" (2000)

Tony Marshall Actor

Father
Born Tony Marscharelli in 1906; once worked as an usher at the legendary Loews Paradise movie theater in the Bronx with Leonard Goldenstein, who went on to become the head of ABC; received credit as producer on many of son's projects beginning with "The Odd Couple" (1970-75) Died July 12, 1999 at age 93

Lori Marshall Actor

Daughter
Born Dec. 26, 1963; mother, Barbara Marshall Played small parts in a number of father's features, beginning with "Young Doctors in Love" (1982) Co-wrote father's 1997 autobiography Wake Me When It's Funny: How to Break into Show Business and Stay

Marjorie Ward

Mother
Ran a tap dance school called The Cellar in the basement of their Bronx apartment building Died of Alzheimer's disease 1983; family funded $1 million building to Northwestern University in her honor, called the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Studio

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois 1956
Attended the Medill School of Journalism

DeWitt Clinton High School

Bronx , New York 1952

Milestones

2011

Directed another ensemble, including Robert De Niro and Halle Berry, in the romantic comedy "New Year's Eve"

2010

Directed an ensemble cast in the romantic comedy "Valentine's Day"

2009

Played a government scientist in "Race to Witch Mountain," a re-imagining of the original 1975 film "Escape to Witch Mountain"

2008

Was the opera stage director of San Antonio Opera's performance of "Elixir of Love"

2007

Helmed the comedy-drama "Georgia Rule" starring Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman

2006

Cast opposite Jeremy Piven in the indie comedy "Keeping Up with the Steins"; directed by son Scott Marshall

2005

Voiced Buck Cluck in the animated feature "Chicken Little"

2004

Again directed Anne Hathaway in "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement"

2004

Directed Kate Hudson in the comedy "Raising Helen"

2001

Directed Anne Hathaway in the comedy "The Princess Diaries"

1999

Executive produced and directed the Showtime documentary "Garry Marshall on Marriage in the 20th Century: In Search of the Happy Ending"

1999

Reteamed with Gere and Roberts as director of "The Runaway Bride"; ninth film with actor Hector Elizando

1999

Portrayed a smarmy studio executive in "This Space Between Us"

1999

Directed stage production of "Crimes of the Heart" at his Falcon Theater in Los Angeles

1999

Helmed (also co-scripted) "The Other Sister"; third collaboration with Spinotti

1998

Inducted into the Bronx Hall of Fame

1997

Executive produced and starred in Showtime movie "The Twilight of the Golds"; based on the play by Jonathan Tolins

1997

Became a theater proprietor, opening the doors of the new Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA

1994

Played recurring role as network boss Stan Lansing on popular CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown"

1993

Co-wrote (with Lowell Ganz) the play "Wrong Turn at Lungfish"; opened off-Broadway after successful runs in Los Angeles and Chicago

1992

Portrayed candy manufacturing magnate Walter Harvey in "A League of Their Own"; directed by sister Penny Marshall; script by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel

1990

Directed the romantic comedy "Pretty Woman" with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere; film became one of Disney's highest grossing live-action films (with over $400 million worldwide)

1988

Helmed "Beaches," starring Bette Midler; initial collaboration with director of photography Dante Spinotti

1987

Directed "Overboard," starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn

1986

Acted in sister Penny's feature directorial debut, "Jumpin' Jack Flash"

1985

Played a casino owner in Albert Brooks' "Lost in America"

1984

Co-wrote and directed the charming "The Flamingo Kid"

1982

Feature directorial debut, "Young Doctors in Love"

1980

Co-wrote (with Jerry Belson) the play "The Roast"; closed on Broadway after only four performances

1978

Executive produced ABC's "Mork and Mindy"; also directed episodes of the hit series; show was another spin-off from "Happy Days"

1977

Directed episodes of "Blansky's Beauties" (ABC); also executive produced

1976

Creator and executive producer of the successful "Happy Days" spin-off, "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC), starring sister Penny as Laverne and Cindy Williams as Shirley

1974

Created and executive produced the long-running ABC sitcom "Happy Days"

1973

Debut as playwright with "Shelves" at an Illinois dinner theater

1972

TV-movie debut as producer, "Evil Roy Slade" (NBC); directed by Paris and co-written with Belson

1972

Wrote and produced the ABC pilot "Love and the Happy Days"; aired as part of "Love, American Style"; future "Happy Days" cast members Ron Howard, Marion Ross and Anson Williams were on board, but Harold Gould played the father and Jackie Coogan portrayed

1972

Created and executive produced the NBC comedy "The Little People/The Brian Keith Show"

1969

Enjoyed first series success as creator and executive producer (with Belson) of "The Odd Couple" (ABC); sister Penny joined show from 1971-75 in part of Myrna Turner

1969

Co-wrote (with Belson) "The Grasshopper"; also directed by Paris

1968

Screenwriting debut with the romantic comedy "How Sweet It Is" starring James Garner and Debbie Reynolds; produced and scripted with Belson; helmed by veteran TV director Jerry Paris

1968

Feature film acting debut, "Psych-Out"

1966

Created and produced (with Belson) the short-lived NBC sitcom "Hey, Landlord" (NBC); Quincy Jones supplied the music; Sally Field and Jack Albertson played recurring characters

1965

Wrote for the NBC series "I Spy"

1964

With partner Jerry Belson wrote episodes for sitcoms like "The Danny Thomas Show" (ABC), "The Lucy Show" (CBS) and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS)

1964

TV special writing debut (with Belson), "Think Pretty" (NBC)

1962

Brought to Hollywood to write for "The Joey Bishop Show" (NBC)

1960

Hired as writer for "The Tonight Show" (NBC), starring Jack Paar

Worked as sports reporter for NYC's Daily News

Played drums with own jazz group

Joined the army in late 1950s and served in Korea; wrote for Stars and Stripes and the Seoul News; served as production chief for the Armed Forces Radio Network

Bonus Trivia

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Marshall received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983.

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"Comedy is a very mystical thing to a lot of people. For me, it's not so mystical. It's very hard. You can't use your imagination. Imagination will get you maybe two ideas, and then you go sell shoes. You always have a comedy eye; you're always looking. You're always saying, I'll remember that. And then you learn, truthfully, to steal other people's lives. Don't steal other people's material, though; just things that appear in their everyday lives. Lenny Bruce put it best: Pain plus time equals humor. When you're going through pain, it ain't funny, but if you give it a little time, it will become humor." – Marshall quoted in American Film, April 1990

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He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1997.

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About growing up in the Bronx: "You get your sense of humor from where you grew up. Everybody has a sense of humor in the Bronx. Those friendships were solid. Nobody had any money, nobody was anybody, nobody's father was anybody. It was all based on pure friendship, and that's why I love the Bronx.""A lot of my work is based on the interactions of the kids on my block. Fonzie (the character played by Henry Winkler on 'Happy Days') was built around three characters here. Laverne and Shirley were based on the girls in the area who would punch you. I always liked stories about overcoming adversity and being heralded for doing something good on a small scale." – Marshall to the New York Post, March 2, 1999

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