Pretty Woman’s famous director Garry Marshall, who is the creator of Happy Days, has passed away in hospital as a result of complications from pneumonia after a stroke.

Marshall is most famous for having directed Pretty Woman and as the creator of the hit American TV series Happy Days, but he is also known for writing The Odd Couple and Mark and Mindy.

Sadly Garry Marshall has left behind his wife Barbara (the couple were together for over 50 years) and three children. Some of Marshall’s most famous work includes: Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries, New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day and Beaches.

Pretty Woman director took inspiration from his funny mother

Marshall has provided viewers with endless hours of laughter, particularly with TV series ‘Happy Days’, he revealed that he got his comedic ability from his mother and that he took inspiration from her. He said “My mother was funnier than anybody I ever worked for. My father was as funny as this coat. Not a laugh a minute, my father.”

It wasn’t until the 80s that Marshall hit the big screens and directed huge films such as Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride.

Before that he had been famous for his creation of Happy Days which was around in the 70s.

Some of Marshall’s less popular work includes Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve and Mother’s Day which are all holiday-themed Movies that received mixed reviews from film critics and from viewers.

Pretty Woman actor Richard Gere pays respects to Garry Marshall

Stars have been paying tribute to the beloved director on Twitter and other social media platforms.

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Richard Gere who starred in Pretty Woman was one of the first to pay his respects, he said “Garry of course was one of those truly important people one is blessed to meet in one’s lifetime. Besides being the pulse and life force of ‘Pretty Woman’...a steady helmsman on a ship that could have easily capsized...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.”

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