Tribute: Garry Marshall

Posted on July 20, 2016 at 8:08 am

We mourn the loss of writer/director/actor Garry Marshall, who died this week at age 81. Marshall gave “Happy Days,” “Mork and Mindy,” “Laverne and Shirley,” “Pretty Woman,” “The Princess Diaries,” and, as an actor, unforgettable performances in films like “Soapdish,” “A League of Our Own” (directed by his sister, Penny Marshall), and “Lost in America.” He began as a writer for my all-time favorite television series, “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” No one was better at discovering and supporting new talent. He gave the first important roles to actors from Henry Winkler and Robin Williams to Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway.

The New York Times wrote:

If one were to count up the number of times any American — or maybe anyone anywhere — laughed in the last half-century, the person responsible for more of those laughs than anyone else might well be Garry Marshall.

Two of my favorite Garry Marshall films are smaller, more personal stories: “The Flamingo Kid,” with Matt Dillon and Richard Crenna, and “Nothing in Common,” with Tom Hanks.

And I always loved his performances in films, especially in “Soapdish” as a television executive who liked things to be “peppy.” Here he is in “Lost in America,” with Albert Brooks.

May his memory be a blessing.

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Tribute: Tom Bosley

Posted on October 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm

hd4-05.jpgWe mourn the passing of Tom Bosley, one of the all-time great TV dads in the classic series, “Happy Days.” As a young man, he won a Tony playing the much-older mayor of New York City in the musical, “Fiorello.” He was back on Broadway half a century later as Maurice in the Disney musical version of “Beauty and the Beast.” His roles on television included the priest on the “Father Dowling Mysteries” and a cop on “Murder, She Wrote.” I am fond of his performance as the sensible man Natalie Wood doesn’t marry in “Love With a Proper Stranger.” And he was very touching helping to teach children about the Holocaust in the documentary Paper Clips. But he will be best-remembered as the understanding Eisenhower era father, known affectionately by the Fonz as “Mr. C.” He always knew the right thing to say when one of his kids needed some special guidance and support.
Rest in peace, Mr. B.

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