This Used To Be My Playground- A Tribute to Garry Marshall and his Life

garry marshall and friends

Today another star in the heavens of Hollywood passed away. Garry Marshall was a big part of everyone who wanted to laugh, cry, or just plain be entertained. He was part of some of the biggest hits on television and the movies. He has acted with  , directed, and launched some of the biggest names in Hollywood. He comes from a show business family and leaves that legacy as well. Today we look back on an incredible life.

Gary Kent Marshall was born in the Bronx right into a real show business family. His mother , Marjorie Ward was a tap dance teacher who ran her own studio and his father ,Anthony Wallace was a director and producer of industrial films. Garry’s  sisters  also ended up in the business as well.

garry his mom and ronny and penny

Here is Garry in 1951 with his Mom, and sisters Ronny and Penny

"The Dick Van Dyke Show" Special Screening at The Egyption Theatre in Los Angeles on October 1, 2011

Here is Garry with his sister , Ronny , a producer

garry and his sister penny

Here he is with sister , Penny . Penny also became famous for her role on seventies classic “Laverne and Shirley” and also directing such films as “Big” and “A League of Their Own.”

Garry graduated from Northwestern University and began his career as a joke writer for comedians Joey Bishop and Phil Foster. His next big break was when he moved to Hollywood and teamed up with Jerry Belson . Together the two of them created television magic as they wrote for hits “The Lucy Show” , “The Danny Thomas Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show” . They are also responsible for adapting Neil Simon’s play “The Odd Couple” for television. The show has gone through many versions but Marshall appeared as Matthew Perry’s father on the most recent version.

garry on the odd couple

Thomas Lennon is Felix and Matthew Perry is Oscar on the CBS hit.

Garry is most known as the producer and creator for these television classics

happy days cast

Happy Days  pictured here is Henry Winkler, Donny Most, Ron Howard, Anson Williams and Scott Baio

laverne and shirley cast

Laverne and Shirley featuring Garry’s sister, Penny , Cindy Williams, Michael Mckean, David L Lander, Betty Garrett, Phil Foster, Eddie Mekka, and Carole Ita White

mork and mindy

Here are the two stars of “Mork and Mindy” Pam Dawber and the late Robin Williams

Garry also was known for his directing and acting as well. His sister , returned the favor by casting him in her movie “A League of Their Own”

a league of their own

He also directed two modern classics

pretty woman

Pretty Woman

princess diaries

Princess Diaries


Beaches with Mayim Bialik of “The Big Bang Theory”

Garry’s son ,Scott also follows in his family’s footsteps as the director of the movie “Keeping Up With the Steins” He cast his father as the hippie grandfather

keeping up with the steins

keeping up with the steins doris and garry

Here he is with the late Doris Roberts as his ex wife

 The last movie he directed was “Mother’s Day” and his last television acting job was as Walter Madison on “The Odd Couple” (He was Matthew Perry’s father)  He is survived by his wife, Barbara . He is also survived by his three children and two sisters. Marshall has a star on the walk of fame and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. He truly is a star that tonight makes the heavens shine a little brighter. Making our hearts a little heavier. Chitownstarconnections gives our sympathy to the Marshall and Reiner families

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