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Garry Kent Marshall (born November 13, 1934) is an American actor, director, writer and producer. His credits include creating Happy Days and directing Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride.
Marshall was born in the New York City borough of the Bronx, the son of Marjorie Irene (née Ward), a tap dance teacher who ran a tap dance school, and Anthony Wallace Marshall, a director of industrial films and later a producer. He is the brother of actress/director Penny Marshall and Ronny Hallin, a TV producer. His father was of Italian descent, his family having come from Abruzzo, and his mother was of English and Scottish descent; his father changed his last name from "Masciarelli" to "Marshall" before Garry was born. Marshall was baptized Presbyterian and also raised in the Lutheran religion for a time. He attended De Witt Clinton High School and Northwestern University and is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, where he wrote a sports column for The Daily Northwestern.
Marshall began his career as a joke writer for such comedians as Joey Bishop and Phil Foster, and then became a writer for the Tonight Show with Jack Paar. In 1961 he moved to Hollywood, where he teamed up with Jerry Belson as a writer for television. The pair worked on The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Joey Bishop Show, The Danny Thomas Show, and The Lucy Show. They then adapted Neil Simon`s play The Odd Couple for television. On his own, Marshall created Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley (starring his sister Penny), and Mork & Mindy. He was also a co-creator of the short-lived sitcom Makin` It.
In 1984, Marshall had a movie hit as the writer and director of The Flamingo Kid. He went on to direct Nothing in Common, Overboard, Beaches, Pretty Woman, Frankie and Johnny, Exit to Eden, The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Raising Helen and most recently Georgia Rule.
Marshall is also an actor, appearing on the television series Murphy Brown and in such movies as Grand Theft Auto, Hocus Pocus, Tomcats, Lost in America, Never Been Kissed, Runaway Bride, Orange County, and Keeping Up With The Steins, as well as Jumpin` Jack Flash and A League of Their Own, both directed by his sister. He also acts in stage productions. He was a permanent judge on FOX`s filmmaking-competition reality TV series On the Lot, which aired in 2007. He also guest starred in The Simpsons episode Eight Misbehavin`.
Theater credits include Wrong Turn At Lungfish, which he wrote in collaboration with Lowell Ganz, The Roast with Jerry Belson, Shelves, and Happy Days: A New Musical with Paul Williams, which had its premiere at The Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey in the Fall of 2007.
Marshall has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. His son, Scott Marshall is also a director. His sister is Penny Marshall, who starred as Laverne in the TV show Laverne and Shirley, and later directed hit movies such as Big and The Preacher`s Wife.
He will next star in Race to Witch Mountain,as a government fringe scientist and UFO conspiracy theorist, out March 13 2009.
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Garry Kent Marshall (born November 13, 1934) is an American actor, director, writer, and producer. His notable credits include creating Happy Days and its various spinoffs, developing Neil Simon's 1965 play The Odd Couple for television, and directing Nothing In Common, Dear God, Pretty Woman, Frankie and Johnny, Runaway Bride, Georgia Rule, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve and Beaches.