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GARRY MARSHALL (Dr. Donald Harlan) continues to mix acting assignments with award-winning careers in writing, directing and producing for television, film, opera and stage.

The New York City native studied journalism at Northwestern University, where he began his writing career covering collegiate sports. He moved into television-writing working for Jack Paar. He soon became much in demand as a writer for such top series as "Danny Thomas,” "The Lucy Show,” "The Dick Van Dyke Show,” "The Joey Bishop Show,” "Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.” and "The Odd Couple” before creating the long-running hit "Happy Days” in 1974. "Happy Days” led to two popular spinoff series, "Mork & Mindy” and "Laverne & Shirley,” comedies that dominated television for nearly a decade.

Although concentrating on television, he wrote screenplays for the films "The Grasshopper” and "How Sweet It Is,” also serving as producer. He moved into film directing with "Young Doctors in Love” in 1982, followed by such popular features as "The Flamingo Kid,” "Nothing in Common,” "Overboard,” "Beaches,” "Pretty Woman,” "Frankie and Johnny,” "Runaway Bride” and "The Other Sister,” many of which he also produced.

He also found acting as yet another lucrative creative outlet for himself and went on to play memorable roles in such films as "Lost in America,” "Soapdish,” "A League of Their Own” (directed by his sister—filmmaker and actress Penny Marshall), "The Twilight of the Golds,” "Keeping Up with the Steins,” "Orange County” and "Chronic Town” as well as in the television series "ER,” "Murphy Brown” and "Brothers & Sisters.” He also voiced characters in animated features and television, including the film "Chicken Little” and the series "The Simpsons.”

He wrote his autobiography (with daughter Lori Marshall), "Wake Me When It's Funny,” in 1995. He built, with daughter Kathleen Marshall, the 130-seat Falcon Theatre in Burbank, which has presented stage productions since 1997. Among his many other recent projects are the operas "Grand Duchess” and "The Elixir of Love,” which he directed for the Los Angeles Opera and the San Antonio Opera, respectively. Marshall also wrote the book for the musical version of the TV show "Happy Days,” which is currently touring the nation.

His most recent film directorial assignments were for the popular features "The Princess Diaries,” "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement,” "Raising Helen” and "Georgia Rule.”

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