Hollywood heavyweight Garry Marshall has passed away aged 81.The writer, actor, producer and director died on Tuesday in California, due to complications from pneumonia following a stroke, his publicist has confirmed.
Marshall was best known as the creator of comedies such as Happy Days, The Odd Couple, Mork and Mindy and Joanie Loves Chachi, as well as directing Julia Roberts smash hit movie Pretty Woman.
He was also at the helm for Beaches, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Runaway Bride and The Princess Diaries franchise – and recently wrote the script for movie Mother’s Day, starring Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Jack Whitehall, which came out earlier this year.
While prolific behind the camera, Marshall was no stranger to appearing on screen. He starred in many of his own projects and recently took on roles in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, BoJack Horseman, Two and a Half Men and Louie.
Friends, fans and former colleagues have now taken to social media to pay tribute to the much-loved man:
GARRY MARSHALL Rest In Peace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty , friendship and generosity .— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) July 20, 2016
RIP #GarryMarshall whose humor & humanity inspired. He was a world class boss & mentor whose creativity and leadership meant a ton to me.— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 20, 2016
I only met Garry Marshall once, when I was very young, but he was incredibly warm, encouraging, and generous with his time and energy. 💙— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) July 20, 2016
Garry Marshall. Lovely man.— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) July 20, 2016
Garry Marshall hired me at 15 years old. He gave my wife her start at 18, as a makeup artist. He changed our lives. And MANY others. #love— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) July 20, 2016
RIP Garry Marshall, a Hollywood legend & lovely man.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 20, 2016
'It's nice to be important, it's more important to be nice.' pic.twitter.com/G0Zns0Ei6I
So sad to hear about the passing of the incredible Garry Marshall.. You will be missed.. ❤️?? pic.twitter.com/jOBXevwMFy
— Lea Michele (@LeaMichele) July 20, 2016
Garry Marshall was as sweet as he was generous and he told a great story. He will be missed.— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) July 20, 2016
Garry Marshall, I am forever indebted to you. Thank you for taking a chance on me. I love you. On the wings on Angels, rest now.— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) July 20, 2016
The world has lost a great man, a comedy icon and a wonderful friend.— bob saget (@bobsaget) July 20, 2016
Rest in peace Garry Marshall.
Garry Marshall gave me one of the best experiences I ever had in my career. Thanks pal. RIP— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) July 20, 2016
Zelda Williams, the daughter of the late Robin Williams, tweeted her thanks. Marshall cast a then unknown Robin Williams in his hit comedy Mork & Mindy.
RIP Garry Marshall. You forever changed my father's life, and thus, mine. Thank you for capturing so much joy on film, over and over.
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) July 20, 2016
Abigal Breslin, who worked with Marshall on both Raising Helen and New Year’s Eve posted a poignant message on Instagram, calling him “like a grandpa to me” and “one of the most wonderful people in the world.”
R.I.P. Garry Marshall. It was a privilege to work with you. #PrettyWoman
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) July 20, 2016
Richard Gere, who was Marshall’s leading man in movies Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride, released a statement after hearing the news, which reads: “Garry of course was one of those truly important people one is blessed to meet in one’s lifetime. Besides being the pulse and life force of Pretty Woman… a steady helmsman on a ship that could have easily capsized… he was a super fine and decent man, husband and father who brought real joy and love and infectious good spirits to every thing and everyone he crossed paths with.
“Everyone loved Garry. He was a mentor and a cheerleader and one of the funniest men who ever lived. He had a heart of the purest gold and a soul full of mischief. He was Garry.”