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Happy Days creator, film director Garry Marshall dies at 81

Passing away at a Burbank hospital earlier today, film and television legend Garry Marshall died due to complications that rose from pneumonia after experiencing a stroke. Most well known for creating the popular television series Happy Days, Marshall co-created and wrote other popular 1970’s comedies such as Mork & Mindy and Laverne & Shirley

In addition to his many television credits, Marshall directed a number of feature films such as Pretty Woman, Beaches, Overboard, Runaway Bride, Mother’s Day as well as both Princess Diaries films. Marshall also appeared as an actor in several movies such as A League of Their Own, Orange County, Hocus Pocus and Never Been Kissed.

He is survived by his sister Penny Marshall (one of the leads in Laverne & Shirley) as well as his wife of 53 years, Barbara Sue Marshall. Over his career, he won a Lifetime Achievement Award in Television, the Publicists Guild’s Showmanship Award and received four Emmy nominations for his work on television.

Multiple celebrities have posted on social media to mourn Marshall’s passing,