Hollywood is mourning the loss of one of its biggest and most influential stars. Actor and director Garry Marshall passed away on Tuesday (Jul. 19) after suffering complications from pneumonia. He was 81 years old.
The father of three left behind seven-decades of career achievements, including a parade of acting credits on The Odd Couple and Murphy Brown, and even more directorial and writing successes, his most famous being Pretty Woman and Happy Days.
News of his death spread quickly in Hollywood, with many of his friends and colleagues sharing their grief and sadness over his passing.
Julie Andrews, who Garry directed in The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement released the following statement: "I am devastated to hear of Garry's passing. He was a dear friend and colleague....generous to a fault. My heart goes out to [his wife] Barbara and the entire family. We shall miss him."
Pretty Woman's Richard Gere shared wonderful sentiments about the Hollywood icon with Variety, saying: "Garry of course was one of those truly important people one is blessed to meet in one’s lifetime [...] He was a super fine and decent man, husband and father who brought real joy and love and infectious good spirits to every thing and everyone he crossed paths with. 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.”
Celebrities like Henry Winkler, Rob Lowe, Tom Hanks and more took to social media to remember the late star.
Garry Marshall hired me at 15 years old. He gave my wife her start at 18, as a makeup artist. He changed our lives. And MANY others. #love
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) July 20, 2016
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
So sad to hear about the passing of the incredible Garry Marshall.. You will be missed.. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/jOBXevwMFy
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) July 20, 2016
Garry Marshall, I am forever indebted to you. Thank you for taking a chance on me. I love you. On the wings on Angels, rest now.
— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) July 20, 2016
I lost a friend & mentor. We lost a beautiful man & masterful story teller. Gary Marshall I love you. I hope I get to go where you are.
— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) July 20, 2016
Garry Marshall was a wonderful man, hilarious, gifted in the ways of humanity and storytelling. He launched and nur… https://t.co/N1raCJkzQM
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) July 20, 2016
I only met Garry Marshall once, when I was very young, but he was incredibly warm, encouraging, and generous with his time and energy.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) July 20, 2016
Our beloved Garry Marshall has passed. Our family will miss him so very much. RIP dear one. pic.twitter.com/F7y3RkLn1Z
— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) July 20, 2016
I have been fortunate in the sense that I have not lost many people that have made a significant, life changing impact to my world. Today, we lost someone who not only changed my life, but changed and touched the lives of so many others. Through his work, Garry Marshall was able to make us laugh, cry, feel joy and pride one moment, and the next, utter sadness. But he always did this in a beautiful way that made for such fantastic and timeless films. Each moment I spent with Garry on the set of Mother's Day was perfect, and is something I am so honored to have experienced. It's also something I look forward to telling my children about. I will always remember his infectious laugh and his joyful spirit. I am so grateful to of been able to be in his world, even for a small moment. Garry, you will be truly missed...
RIP #GarryMarshall will miss that talented one
— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) July 20, 2016