Penny Marshall’s Brother, Garry Marshall, Dies At 81

Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall, right, first met RECOiL writer Brian DiMaio, center, when DiMaio wrote for Happy Days. DiMaio quit after the script for season five episode three was finalized. He felt the show had lost it’s way. Years later Marshall offered to direct DiMaio’s film RECOiL but the two, ultimately, disagreed on a certain water skiing stunt Marshall wanted to incorporate into the script.

Burbank, CA—Famed movie and TV director and “Joanie Loves Chachi” creator Garry Marshall died Tuesday from complications from pneumonia following a stroke. He was 81.

Marshall graduated from some hack journalism school at Northwestern University and wrote for “The Daily News” in New York City before making the leap and moving to LA.

Best known for creating television classics like “Hey Landlord,” “Me and the Chimp” and “Angie,” Marshall also wrote for the television shows “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “I Spy.”

On the big screen, Marshall directed such films as “Pretty Woman,” “Runaway Bride,” “The Princess Diaries,” “RECOiL” and “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.”

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son Scott and daughters Lori, and Kathleen, as well as six grandchildren.