Veteran filmmaker and TV personality Garry Marshall has died. He was 81.

Marshall, who created some of the 1970s most iconic sitcoms including "Happy Days," and "The Odd Couple" and went on to direct hit movies including "Pretty Woman" and "The Princess Diaries," passed away on Tuesday, July 19, reported E! online.

Gary Marshall |Source: Reuters

According to his representative, Marshall died from complications of pneumonia following a stroke at a hospital in Burbank, California.

His sister, actress and director Penny Marshall, also confirmed the news.

Born in Bronx, Marshall graduated from Northwestern Us Medill School of Journalism and began his career as a joke writer for comedians including Joey Bishop, then worked on the writing staff of "The Tonight Show With Jack Paar."

Gary Marshall |Source: Reuters

The veteran filmmaker made his directorial debut in 1967 on his series "Hey, Landlord". The first feature Marshall directed was the 1982 comedy "Young Doctors in Love," but his first big screen blockbuster was 1990s "Pretty Woman," starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

The "The Princess Diaries" and its sequel were also big hits for Marshall . The films, which made a star of Anne Hathaway, saw global grosses of USD 165 million and USD 135 million, respectively.

Anne Hathway and Gary Marshall |Source: Reuters

He also had a long acting career that began in the early 1960s. He played a hoodlum in the James Bond film "Goldfinger" and made appearances, most uncredited, in many of his film and TV projects.

Numerous celebrities took to Twitter to pay their respects.

"Happy Days" alum Henry Winkler, tweeted,

Jason Alexander tweeted,

Actor Albert Brooks wrote,

Daughter of Robin Williams, Zelda tweeted,

Marshall is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara, and three children, including Scott, a film director.