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.
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."
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.
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,
GARRY MARSHALL Rest In Peace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty , friendship and generosity .— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) July 20, 2016
Jason Alexander tweeted,
Garry Marshall gave me one of the best experiences I ever had in my career. Thanks pal. RIP— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) July 20, 2016
Actor Albert Brooks wrote,
R.I.P. Garry Marshall. A great, great guy and the best casino boss in the history of film. #lostinamerica— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) July 20, 2016
Daughter of Robin Williams, Zelda tweeted,
RIP Garry Marshall. You forever changed my father's life, and thus, mine. Thank you for capturing so much joy on film, over and over.— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) July 20, 2016
Marshall is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara, and three children, including Scott, a film director.