In response to iconic writer-director Garry Marshall's death, celebrities paid homage to the man who left such an incredible legacy in the world of on-screen media. Raised as the son of a filmmaker and dance instructor in the Bronx, New York, Marshall had always been familiar with the artist's life. His career, which began with journalism, cannot be described by one singular occupation. Instead, he pursued an array of exciting ventures in both film and television that spanned decades. Most notably, he produced Happy Days and The Odd Couple, directed Pretty Woman along with both Princess Diaries films, and helped to write episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Lucy Show.
Marshall's work is, quite simply, timeless. Though he produced and wrote shows millennials have only been able to watch on TV Land, he has appealed to numerous generations, both young and old, with his writing style and undying humor. With a special knack for entertainment, he continued directing films, such as the star-studded Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, well into his seventies. It goes without saying that his connections in the entertainment industry are nearly impossible to count. Now, many of those who have worked side-by-side with him, or have simply been inspired by his legacy, have shown just how much he's taught them.
Richard Gere, whose career was jumpstarted by Pretty Woman, released a statement to Variety after Marshall's death, thanking him for making the film as successful as it was. He defined him as a man who delivered "real joy and love and infectious good spirits" to everyone.
Everyone loved Garry. He was a mentor and a cheerleader and one of the funniest men who ever lived. He had a heart of the purest gold and a soul full of mischief. He was Garry.
Henry Winkler, who famously played Fonzie in Happy Days, attributed his own success to Marshall in a sincere homage. He went on to direct, produce, and write after his career with Happy Days ended.
Other writers, even including those who worked in different genres than Marshall did, also paid tribute.
An array of actors from both movies and television shows did the same. They include Bob Saget, Jason Alexander, Wendell Pierce, Emmy Rossum, Octavia Spencer, and Sarah Paulson, among others.
And actors aren't the only ones remembering Marshall for his humor and wittiness.
More tributes will be posted to social media as Marshall continues to be honored for the legacy he left.