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Garry K. Marshall

Garry K. Marshall (BSJ56) was a member of the inaugural class of the Medill Hall of Achievement in 1997.

Marshall was a veteran producer, director, and writer of film, television, and theatre. He created and produced some of television's most beloved situation comedies including “Happy Days,” “Laverne and Shirley,” “The Odd Couple” and “Mork and Mindy.” Marshall also directed some of America's favorite romantic comedies such as “Overboard,” “Beaches,” “Pretty Woman,” and more recently, “Valentine’s Day,” “New Year’s Day” and “Mother’s Day.”

For theater, Marshall wrote the Chicago production of “Shelves” and co-wrote the Broadway play “The Roast.”

Marshall and his daughter Lori, also a Medill alumna, wrote an autobiographical book “Wake Me When It’s Funny.” In 1990, Marshall received the Lifetime Creative Achievement Award from the American Comedy Awards.

Marshall died in 2016.