Garry Marshall’s passing has had a huge effect on everyone, whether famous or fan.
I think I first became aware of Garry Marshall with his work on the TV series “The Odd Couple”. I have been a credits reader from the time I could read and understand them. I am one of those who stays until the end of the movie credits to actually read them, not see if there are any hidden scenes!
Speaking of the Odd Couple, did you know he has been involved in all three TV series? First there was Tony Randall’s and Jack Klugman’s hit (Marshall created, produced and directed it). Then there was “The New Odd Couple” (executive producer), and finally I was surprised to learn he was an executive consultant and actor (one episode) of the current “The Odd Couple”.
I, of course, knew of his involvement in hits such as the iconic “Happy Days” and its many sequels. However, he was involved in so many TV shows including “The Lucy Show”, “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, and “Love, American Style” just to name a few.
Then there are the movies such as “Beaches”, “Pretty Woman”, “Dear God”, “The Princess Diaries” (1 and 2), and “Valentines Day”.
I saw several tributes online and on TV to Garry Marshall from everyone who had the honour of working with him. The most touching for me was Scott Baio. He talked about how Marshall was like a second father to him and guided Baio to the right path of life. Baio also mentioned that just two weeks before Marshall’s passing Marshall was talking to him about a new project!
Another side story that I love is Marshall’s partnership with actor Hector Elizondo. They met playing basketball and became good friends. Marshall included Elizondo in the cast of his first movie, “Young Doctors In Love”. According to Hector, Garry included him in the contract of every script he worked on … whether Elizondo wanted to be in it or not! This led to such wonderful roles in “Runaway Bride”, “The Princess Diaries” (1 and 2) and of course “Pretty Woman”.
Garry Marshall may have been mostly behind the scenes of all these projects (and more), however, he has given us some lasting memories. Rest in Peace Mr. Marshall. You may be gone, but you will live on in your work and our hearts.