Garry Marshall

Biography: The career of producer/director Garry Marshall has been marked by many peaks, the highest of which include 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) is 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 has 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. Since then, Marshall's films have 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.

In addition to his work behind the camera, Marshall has 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.
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Garry Marshall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 43
Highest Metascore: 62 Nothing in Common
Lowest Metascore: 22 New Year's Eve
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 6 out of 14
14 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
22 New Year's Eve Dec 9, 2011 Director 4.8
34 Valentine's Day Feb 12, 2010 Director 5.0
52 Race to Witch Mountain Mar 13, 2009 Dr. Donald Harlan 6.5
25 Georgia Rule May 11, 2007 Director 5.8
57 Keeping Up with the Steins May 12, 2006 Irwin Fiedler 5.3
48 Chicken Little Nov 4, 2005 Buck Cluck 5.2
43 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Aug 11, 2004 Director 6.4
38 Raising Helen May 26, 2004 Director 6.8
52 The Princess Diaries Aug 3, 2001 Director 7.7
39 Runaway Bride Jul 30, 1999 Director 6.0
60 Never Been Kissed Apr 9, 1999 Rigfort 6.3
28 The Other Sister Feb 26, 1999 Director / Screenplay / Story 4.0
51 Pretty Woman Mar 23, 1990 Director 7.2
62 Nothing in Common Jul 30, 1986 Director tbd