Hollywood mourns 'Happy Days' creator Garry Marshall

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Hollywood legend Garry Marshall dies at 81

Garry Marshall, who created and executive produced some of the most popular sitcoms on TV died Tuesday at 81.

The creator or producer behind Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, The Odd Couple and Mork & Mindy, as well as director of the box-office smash Pretty Woman, his most recent film was the April release Mother's Day.

Pretty Woman star Richard Gere remembered Marshall in a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter: "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."

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Garry Marshall. Lovely man.
GARRY MARSHALL Rest In Peace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty , friendship and generosity .
Garry Marshall was as sweet as he was generous and he told a great story. He will be missed.
a huge bright light - Garry Marshall has moved on - see you down the path my friend... peace & love https://t.co/SiJiy0NDkb
Garry Marshall gave me one of the best experiences I ever had in my career. Thanks pal. RIP
So sad to hear that Garry Marshall just passed, he brought us great TV! My condolences to his family #RIPGarry🙏 Pretty Woman, Happy Days...
RIP Garry Marshall. Had the privilege of working with this legend on "Father of the Pride". He will be missed. Condolences to friends/family
I met Garry Marshall backstage last month at The Little Mermaid concert. I was just amazed and in awe of him. He was so lovely, so talented.
Our beloved Garry Marshall has passed. Our family will miss him so very much. RIP dear one. https://t.co/F7y3RkLn1Z
R.I.P. Garry Marshall. It was a privilege to work with you. #PrettyWoman
R.I.P. Garry Marshall. A great, great guy and the best casino boss in the history of film. #lostinamerica
Garry Marshall, without you there'd be no me. My heart is aching. #Mentor #Godfather #Dearfriend https://t.co/ndeSiNRXM6
We lost one of the all time greatest tonight. My dear friend, Garry Marshall, has passed away. My deepest thoughts to Barbara & the family.
So sad to hear the news about Garry Marshall. He was a kind and generous man who gave everything to his family and his work. A real loss...
#GarryMarshall was one of the good ones! He always fought for what is right! He helped change this world in many ways. ❤️❤️❤️
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
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.
RIP #GarryMarshall... a real gentle, kind man who treated us to many laughs and certainly loved what he did for a living!
I was blessed to have worked with Garry Marshall. Not only was he a wonderful director, but also, he was a gentle, loving, kind man. #RIP
RIP Garry Marshall. What a devotion to the art of comedy. "Happy Days" have come and gone. https://t.co/ojyL6FMeER
Garry Marshall was one of the greats. He connected us all through joy, laughter, compassion & kindness. He also gave me my very 1st job. 💗
The world has lost a great man, a comedy icon and a wonderful friend. Rest in peace Garry Marshall.
Worked with Garry Marshall on the new Odd Couple. I was so excited to meet him. He was gracious,kind & very funny. #GarryMarshal #legend
Oh, man. RIP Garry Marshall. Sad. Just talked to him. Great guy.
My heart is broken. Comic genius, Garry Marshall has died. A cultural icon who was brilliant till the end. Always kind. Always funny! RIP
I will never be the same. I can't even put into words what #GarryMarshall has meant to my life. I am just heartbroken. #RIP kind Sir.
RIP #GarryMarshall will miss that talented one
Garry Marshall gave me one of the best experiences I ever had in my career. Thanks pal. RIP
RIP #GarryMarshall . Talk about a bright light! You will be missed.
RIP to one of Northwestern's finest, the wonderful Garry Marshall. #PeppyandCheap https://t.co/VKE0nmmExR
Oh man, this is a tough one. Honored I spent time with this kind man. My love to his wife and family. #garrymarshall https://t.co/COetJYtqMz
I lost a friend & mentor. We lost a beautiful man & masterful story teller. Gary Marshall I love you. I hope I get to go where you are.
So sad to hear about the passing of the incredible Garry Marshall.. You will be missed.. ❤️🙏🏻 https://t.co/jOBXevwMFy
RIP Garry Marshall, a Hollywood legend & lovely man. 'It's nice to be important, it's more important to be nice.' https://t.co/G0Zns0Ei6I
I hope Garry Marshall does a "Squiggy" entrance when he enters the afterlife. #HELlo #RIPGarryMarshall
Garry Marshall I adored working with you, your kindness unforgotten. "May you be in heaven half an hour before the Devil knows you're dead."
God I loved this Man. #GarryMarshall https://t.co/WETmZQhdK2
I had the honor to work w the legendary #GarryMarshall -thank u 4 ur comedic genius! #rip🙏🏽 a true pioneer https://t.co/e90RNT8aV4
RIP Garry Marshall. He was an amazing person and gave me my first true exposure to the industry. You will be missed. #TheDesertInnHasHeart
I only met Garry Marshall once, when I was very young, but he was incredibly warm, encouraging, and generous with his time and energy. 💙

Julie Andrews, who starred in Marshall's 2001 film The Princess Diaries, said, "I'm devastated to hear of Garry's passing. He was a dear friend and colleague...generous to a fault. My heart goes out to Barbara and the entire family. We shall miss him."

Anson Williams, who played Potsie on Happy Days, said this of the TV creator: "Garry Marshall gave me the opportunity of many lifetimes and, more importantly, genuine love and friendship; a love that transcended far beyond show business. Garry's selfless nurturing of talent will be past on to future generations along with all that he has created. Two of my young daughters favorite TV show segment? The Odd Couple, "Hospital Mates," written by Garry Marshall ... Garry, you are forever with us and I love you."

Don Most, who played Ralph on the series, added: "Garry was a uniquely creative force. It was a great pleasure and treat to see him work, and work with him. And on top of this, he was a warm and generous man, who always fostered a feeling of family with our cast. We lost a giant today."

He also helmed such movies as Young Doctors in Love (1982), The Flamingo Kid (1984), Nothing in Common (1986), Overboard (1987), Beaches (1988), Frankie and Johnny (1991), Dear God (1996), The Other Sister (1999), Runaway Bride (1999), The Princess Diaries (2001), Valentine's Day (2010) and New Year's Eve (2011).

READ MORE: Critic's Notebook: Garry Marshall Leaves a Legacy of Star Grooming and Storytelling

The prolific creator/producer/director left several fans behind who took to social media to mourn him.

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