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Garry Marshall

Highest Rated:   96% Lost in America (1985)
Lowest Rated:   6% Exit to Eden (1994)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
The career of producer/director Garry Marshall was marked by many peaks, including such classic television sitcoms as The Odd Couple (1970-1975), Happy Days (1974-1984), and Mork and Mindy (1978-1982), and the phenomenally popular feature film Pretty Woman (1990). A Brooklyn native, Marshall (born Gary Marsciarelli) was the son of an industrial filmmaker and a dance instructor. His sister, Penny Marshall, is a comic actress and noted film director. Marshall majored in journalism at Northwestern University and subsequently served a stint in the army before becoming a reporter for the New York Daily News. He was also a jazz drummer in a band before becoming a television comedy scriptwriter for such artists as Joey Bishop and Phil Foster and the writer for Jack Parr on The Tonight Show.Marshall moved to Los Angeles in 1961, but he didn't make it big until he teamed up with writer Jerry Belson. Together, they penned numerous episodes for several sitcoms, notably The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Lucy Show. In 1970, Marshall produced The Odd Couple, which starred Jack Klugman and Tony Randall and was based on a popular Neil Simon play and movie. He reached his apex as a television producer during the '70s, with such hits as Laverne and Shirley (1976-1983), (a Happy Days spin-off starring sister Penny), and Mork and Mindy. In addition to his producing and television directorial efforts, Marshall occasionally appeared as a supporting actor. In features, Marshall co-produced and co-wrote (with Belson) his first film, How Sweet It Is!, in 1968. A year later, the two produced and penned The Grasshopper. Marshall made his directorial feature film debut in 1982 with Young Doctors in Love, a comic look at daytime serials. As a film director, Marshall's output received uneven critical reviews. Films such as the Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell vehicle Overboard and the Bette Midler/Barbara Hershey melodrama Beaches (1988) had good box-office business, but were considered of average quality. 1990's Pretty Woman was Marshall's first big movie hit. Following its tremendous success, he tried his hand at a serious drama with Frankie and Johnny (1991) starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. Later, Marshall's films tended more toward sentimental and straight dramas such as The Twilight of the Golds (1997) and The Other Sister (1999). Marshall returned to comedy -- and to his teaming of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere -- in 1999 with Runaway Bride. Remaining an active director well into his 70s, Marshall helped to launch Anne Hathaway's career by taking the helm for both 2001's The Princess Diaries and its 2004 sequel, though his subsequent, holiday-themed ensemble comedies Valentine's Day (2010), New Year's Eve (2011) and his final film Mother's Day (2016) largely flatlined with critics and moviegoers - with New Year's Eve earning him his first-ever Razzie Award. In addition to his work behind the camera, Marshall occasionally appeared as an actor in films and television shows alike. During the mid-'90s, many TV audiences came to recognize him for playing Candice Bergen's ratings-crazy boss, Stan Lansing, on Murphy Brown. Marshall died July 18, 2016, of complications of pneumonia.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
7% Mother's Day
  • Director
$29.2M 2016
No Score Yet Robin Williams: Behind Closed Doors
  • Actor
2016
40% Tempest Storm
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery
  • Manny Goldman
2015
44% Life After Beth
  • Grandpa
2014
7% New Year's Eve
  • Producer
  • Director
$54.6M 2011
18% Valentine's Day
  • Director
$110.5M 2010
43% Race to Witch Mountain
  • Dr. Donald Harlan
$67.2M 2009
No Score Yet Chronic Town
  • The Doctor
2008
17% Georgia Rule
  • Director
$18.9M 2007
37% Keeping Up With The Steins
  • Irwin Fiedler
$4.3M 2006
36% Chicken Little
  • Buck Cluck
$135.3M 2005
25% The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement
  • Director
$95.2M 2004
23% Raising Helen
  • Director
$37.4M 2004
No Score Yet They Call Him Sasquatch
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Hollywood Sign
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Mother Ghost
  • Arthur
2002
46% Orange County
  • Arthur Gantner
$41.1M 2002
42% The Majestic
  • Studio Executive
2001
No Score Yet The Long Ride Home
  • Arthur
2001
47% The Princess Diaries
  • Producer
  • Director
$107.8M 2001
No Score Yet Can't Be Heaven
  • Pawn Shop Owner
1999
46% Runaway Bride
  • Director
1999
57% Never Been Kissed
  • Rigfort
1999
29% The Other Sister
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet This Space Between Us
  • Steve Mayland
1999
50% With Friends Like These
  • Frank Minetti
1998
No Score Yet CHiPs '99
  • Actor
1998
43% The Twilight of the Golds
  • Executive Producer
  • Walter Gold
1997
12% Dear God
  • Preston Sweeney
  • Director
1996
6% Exit to Eden
  • Director
1994
30% Hocus Pocus
  • uncredited cameo
1993
78% A League of Their Own
  • Walter Harvey
1992
78% Frankie & Johnny
  • Director
  • Producer
1991
69% Soapdish
  • Edwards
1991
61% Pretty Woman
  • Director
1990
29% Beaches
  • Director
1988
50% Overboard
  • Producer
  • Director
1987
28% Jumpin' Jack Flash
  • Detective
1986
58% Nothing in Common
  • Director
1986
96% Lost in America
  • Casino Manager
1985
88% The Flamingo Kid
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1984
31% Young Doctors in Love
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet The Escape Artist
  • Drummer
1982
25% Grand Theft Auto
  • Underworld Boss
1977
No Score Yet Evil Roy Slade
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1972
No Score Yet The Grasshopper
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1970
No Score Yet The Thousand Plane Raid
  • RAF Wing Cmdr. Trafton Howard
1969
No Score Yet Maryjane
  • Service Station Attendant
1968
No Score Yet How Sweet It Is!
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1968
No Score Yet Psych-Out
  • Plainclothesman
1968
50% Camelot
  • Sir Lionel
1967
No Score Yet Turkey Shoot: Beaches
  • Director

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
2015
  • Walter Madison
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2012
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Actor
  • 2015
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Actor
  • 2014
No Score Yet Comedy Bang! Bang!
2012
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2012
93% Louie
2010-2015
  • Lars Tardigan
  • 2012
75% The Sarah Silverman Program
2007-2010
  • Schaarcorp President
  • 2008
No Score Yet Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
  • Maj. Jack Weiner Jack
  • 2007
No Score Yet The L Word
2004-2009
  • Himself
  • 2007
No Score Yet Last Comic Standing
2003-2015
  • Judge
  • 2006
No Score Yet Monk
2002-2009
  • Warren Beach
  • 2002
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Looney Tunes Show: There Goes The Neighborhood
  • Actor

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