Creator / Garry Marshall
Garry Marshall (November 13, 1934 – July 19, 2016) was a television producer and film director best known for comedies.
A sickly Bronx boy with a mother who was an avid amateur dance teacher, he eventually became a drummer and a humor writer which accommodated his weak health.
After studying journalism and a stint in the US Army where he served in the Armed Forces media services, he eventually became a television writer for major shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show
, The Danny Thomas Show
and The Lucy Show
Eventually, he moved up to producer and became one of the dominate ones in the 1970s with major comedy series like The Odd Couple
, Happy Days
, Laverne and Shirley
, which co-starred his sister, Penny Marshall
, and Mork & Mindy
, giving Robin Williams
his major break into stardom.
In the 1980s onward, he directed comedies like The Flamingo Kid
and The Princess Diaries
. In 2016, he died of pneumonia after suffering a stroke.