Remembering Garry Marshall – Entertainer and Korean War Veteran (Army)

Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall passed away on July 19, 2016 from complications from a stroke

Garry Marshall is well-known as a director, producer, writer and credited/uncredited actor, but did you know he also proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War?  Garry Marshall is another in a long list of Famous Veterans who are unique in the fact that they all wore a military uniform at one time or another in their lives!  After attending Northwestern University with a major in Journalism, Marshall joined the U.S. Army in 1956 and served in the Korean War.  Once separated, he took a job as a report with the New York Daily News.

Marshall died on July 19, 2016 from complications following a stroke. He was 81.

Garry Marshall’s Entertainment Legacy

Garry Marshall got his start writing comedy for comedians eventually landing a spot as a writer on The Tonight Show With Jack Paar.
In 1961 he headed out west to Los Angeles where he started writing for The Joey Bishop Show.

Marshall teamed up with Jerry Belson to write episodes for several well-known television including The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Lucy Show and I Spy.  The two developed the sitcom for The Odd Couple (staring fellow Army veteran, Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison and Tony Randall as Felix Unger).

Marshall is well-known as a writer, producer, director and/or (credited and uncredited) actor for/in many iconic television shows and movies including Happy Days (TV), Mork and Mindy (TV), Laverne & Shirley (TV), Joanie Loves Chachi (TV), Pretty Woman (Movie), Beaches (Movie), Overboard (movie), Runaway Bride (movie) and (see below for) more!

Additional shows, movies and more Garry Marshall was involved with in one capacity or another: Gomer Pyle: USMC, Make Room for Daddy, The Bill Dana Show, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, Hank, Hey Landlord, Sheriff Who, The Danny Thomas Hour, Dick Van Dyke TV Special, How Sweet It Is!, The Grasshopper, The Murdocks and the McClays, Barefoot in the Park, Evil Roy Slade, Love, American Style, Wednesday Night Out, Me and the Chimp, Dominic’s Dream, The Brian Keith Show, Wives, Blansky’s Beauties, Angie, The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Mork & Mindy, Laverne & Shirley, Joanie Loves Chachi, The New Odd Couple, Happy Days, The Flamingo Kid, The Other Sister, See Dad Run, Mother’s Day, New Year’s Eve, The Twilight of the Golds, Exit to Eden, Frankie and Johnny, Nothing in Common, Four Stars, Herndon, Young Doctors in Love, Mean Jeans, Beane’s of Boston, Who’s Watching the Kids, Hot in Cleveland, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Looney Tunes Show, Louie, The Simpsons, According to Jim, According to Jim, ER, The Sarah Silverman Program, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Rugrats, Monk, Orange County, The Majestic, Norm, Runaway Bride, Never Been Kissed, CHiPs ’99, Murphy Brown, Pinky and the Brain, Dear God, Hocus Pocus, A League of Their Own, Pretty Woman, Beaches, Overboard (played the drummer), Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Grand Theft Auto, Goldfinger, Mother’s Day, Georgia Rule, Valentine’s Day, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Raising Helen, Runaway Bride, Frankie and Johnny, The Lottery and many more!


Famous Veterans: these public figures (actors, directors, musicians, artists, singers, athletes, politicians) all served in the United States Armed Forces. Another reason to love your favorite celebrity: FamousVeterans!

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