Born on 13th November 1934, Garry Marshall's full name is Garry Kent Marshall. He is a famous American director, actor, producer, and writer. His famous contributions include the creation of Happy Days, development of the play named The Odd Couple by Neil Simon in the year 1965, and the direction of Dear God, Nothing in Common, Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Frankie and Johnny, Valentine's Day, Georgia Rule, The Princess Diaries, New Year's Eve, The Princess Diaries 2, Beaches, and Royal Engagement. He was born in
New York. His parents are Anthony Wallace Marshall and Marjorie Irene, who were a director and producer, and a tap dance teacher respectively. His sister,
Penny Marshall, was a director and actress. His brother Ronny Marshall was a TV producer. Before the birth of Garry Marshall, the last name was changed to Marshall from Masciarelli by his father. He went to a school named De Witt Clinton High School and attended a college of Northwestern University.
He started his career by writing jokes for comedians as a joke writer. In the year 1961, he shifted to Hollywood and formed a team as a writer for TV with Jerry Belson. Both of them worked on The Joey Bishop Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Lucy Show, and The Danny Thomas Show. They created and produced the television series named Hey, Landlord for the first time which had one season starting from 1966 and ending in 1967. He worked as a co-creator of Makin' It, a short-lived sitcom. He met Hector Elizondo in the early 1980s, who appears in all the films of Marshall. Garry wrote and directed the film named The Flamingo Kid in the year 1984, which was a hit. He started many independent productions. Lynda Goodfriend, an actress, directed a film titled Four Stars, which is a project in the category of independent productions of Marshall. He then started focusing on the direction of feature films like Pretty Woman, Beaches, The Princess Diaries, New Year's Eve, and the Valentine's Day. He also acted in some movies and TV series. His acting debut on TV started when he was a child in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, a long-running CBS series from the year 1950 to 1958. He appeared on
Murphy Brown, a television series and in films like Soapdish, On the Lot in the year 2007, and offered his voice as a guest star in two episodes of
The Simpsons titled Homer the Father, and Eight Misbehavin.
He got the award named The Women in Film Lucy Award in the year 1996 as recognition for the innovation and excellence in creative works. In the year 1997, he was inducted for his work in the television field into the Television Hall of Fame. He acted the character of a director in the year 2014 on Lights..camera..action! of Burbank. Scott Marshall, his son, being a director, appeared as a guest star in an episode of the eleventh season of the series on CBS named Two and a Half Men. Marshall was given an award named Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement in the year 2014 from the Writers Guild of America.