Garry Marshall 1934-2016

Film and television titan Garry Marshall has passed away last night at the age of 82. He was an actor, director, producer and writer of some the most beloved movies and television shows of the last century. He started out as a joke writer for comedians on television in the 1950's, before going on to become a writer for shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Danny Thomas Show and The Lucy Show. He eventually created the sitcom Happy Days and its spin-offs Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy (this after discovering Robin Williams) developed Neil Simon's The Odd Couple for television, and then went on to direct many notable films in the 1980's up to today, including The Flamingo Kid, Nothing in Common, Beaches, Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride and The Princess Diaries. His most recent was Mother's Day, again starring his longtime friend Julia Roberts, who became a megastar thanks to his Pretty Woman. He also acted himself in many movies and television shows, going all the way back to the 1950's, including a recurring role on Murphy Brown in the 90's, voice acting on The Simpsons, and most recently guest appearances on shows like Louie and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. His contributions to pop culture and entertainment were enormous and continue to live on to this day.