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Garry Marshall

Garry MarshallAKA Garry Kent Masciarelli

Born: 13-Nov-1934
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 19-Jul-2016
Location of death: Burbank, CA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Film Director
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Happy Days

Garry Marshall is a Hollywood director, producer, sometimes writer, and occasional actor. He is best known for his situation comedies Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley (which starred his sister, Penny Marshall). He has also had a spotty career making movies.

His father was peripherally in the movie business, as a maker of training and promotional films, so Marshall grew up comfortable around cameras and microphones. Trained as a journalist, he worked as copy boy and sportswriter for the New York Daily News, but found it more rewarding (artistically and economically) to write gags for Jack Paar, Joey Bishop and other 1950s comedians. He wrote for sitcoms including The Dick Van Dyke Show and Gomer Pyle, USMC, and broke into movies as co-writer of an unfunny 1960s Debbie Reynolds-James Garner comedy, How Sweet It Is!.

Marshall was an executive producer on the '70s sitcom version of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, and created the classically awful 1972 sitcom Me and the Chimp. He is credited as creator of Happy Days, which premiered five months after the film American Graffiti, and was widely considered a rip-off. Marshall had filmed a pilot for ABC two years earlier, which hadn't sold (it aired as a segment on Love American Style). The popularity of American Graffiti made network executives rethink, and with a few casting changes the project was revived. Happy Days ran for ten years, but suffered a gradual decline in quality. In one particularly lame episode the tough-but-cool Fonz wore his trademark leather jacket while water-skiing, and jumped over a shark. Eventually the phrase "jump the shark" was introduced into the American lexicon, to mark the moment when a good TV show goes bad.

Happy Days spawned Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, and Joanie Loves Chachi. Marshall has gone on to spawn fluffy sitcom-esque films, including Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride, Beaches, The Princess Diaries and its sequel, and inarguable dreck like Exit to Eden and Raising Helen.

Father: Anthony W. Marshall ("Anthony W. Masciarelli", b. 29-Mar-1906, d. 12-Jul-1999)
Mother: Marjorie Irene Ward (tap dance teacher)
Sister: Penny Marshall (actress and director, b. 15-Oct-1942)
Sister: Ronny Hallin (TV producer)
Wife: Barbara Marshall (nurse, three children, m. 1963, until his death)
Daughter: Lori Marshall (film industry)
Son: Scott Marshall
Daughter: Kathleen Marshall

    High School: De Witt Clinton High School, New York, NY (1952)
    University: BA Journalism, Northwestern University (1956)

    Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
    John Kerry for President
    Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6838 Hollywood Blvd (television)
    Italian Ancestry

    Mother's Day (13-Apr-2016)
    New Year's Eve (5-Dec-2011)
    Valentine's Day (10-Feb-2010)
    Georgia Rule (10-May-2007)
    The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (7-Aug-2004)
    Raising Helen (1-May-2004)
    The Princess Diaries (29-Jul-2001)
    Runaway Bride (25-Jul-1999)
    The Other Sister (26-Feb-1999)
    Dear God (1-Nov-1996)
    Exit to Eden (14-Oct-1994)
    Frankie and Johnny (11-Oct-1991)
    Pretty Woman (23-Mar-1990)
    Beaches (21-Dec-1988)
    Overboard (16-Dec-1987)
    Nothing in Common (30-Jul-1986)
    The Flamingo Kid (21-Dec-1984)
    Young Doctors in Love (16-Jul-1982)

    Life After Beth (19-Jan-2014)
    With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (24-Jul-2010) · Himself
    Race to Witch Mountain (11-Mar-2009)
    Finding Bliss (18-Jan-2009) · Himself
    Keeping Up with the Steins (12-May-2006)
    Chicken Little (3-Nov-2005) [VOICE]
    The Long Ride Home (27-May-2003) · Arthur
    Mother Ghost (8-Aug-2002) · Arthur
    Orange County (7-Jan-2002)
    The Majestic (11-Dec-2001) · Studio Executive [VOICE]
    The Hollywood Sign (28-Sep-2001)
    Can't Be Heaven (5-Dec-2000) · Pawn Shop Broker
    Never Been Kissed (9-Apr-1999) · Rigfort
    CHiPs '99 (27-Oct-1998)
    With Friends Like These... (10-Sep-1998)
    The Twilight of the Golds (23-Mar-1997)
    Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore (1997)
    A League of Their Own (1-Jul-1992)
    Soapdish (31-May-1991) · Edmund Edwards
    Lost in America (15-Feb-1985) · Casino Manager
    Grand Theft Auto (16-Jun-1977) · Underworld Boss
    Psych-Out (6-Mar-1968)
    Maryjane (Feb-1968) · Service Station Attendant

Author of books:
Tony And Me: A Story of Friendship (2005, memoir)

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