REFRESH FOR UPDATES… Henry Winkler, who played the career-making role of the Fonz on the classic Garry Marshall sitcom Happy Days, was among the first to pay respects to the late TV icon, who died Tuesday. Winkler thanked Marshall “for my professional life.” Scott Baio, the Joanie Loves Chachi star who gave a controversial speech at this week’s Republican National Convention, called Marshall his “2nd father.”
Here are some Hollywood reactions. Deadline will update as tributes arrive.
Bob Iger, President and CEO of the Walt Disney Company:
Garry Marshall was an original, with an incredible knack for finding and telling stories that resonate in the moment and also stand the test of time. He was also a beloved part of the family at ABC and Disney, creating an incredible string of iconic hits from Happy Days to Princess Diaries. We consider it a great personal privilege to have known him and will miss his great talent and wonderful humor.
Tom Ortenberg, Open Road Films CEO
“There has never been a bigger mensch in Hollywood and I can’t imagine there ever will be. Garry was a true legend who brought light and laughter with him everywhere he traveled. I had the honor of working with him on his final film and I will always treasure that experience. My thoughts are with his family and his many, many fans.”
Paris Barclay, president of the DGA:
“The loss today of Garry Marshall is deeply sad – for our industry, and for our Guild. Garry’s gift for storytelling brought joy, laughter and an enormous, beating heart to every screen, large and small. When describing the type of stories he chose to tell, Garry once said: ‘I try to find scripts of stories that kinda celebrate the human condition … let’s talk about the tough world out there and the human spirit overcoming adversity.’ And that indefatigable optimism came through in everything he touched. As the architect of some of the longest-running situation comedies in television history … he’s left an unforgettable mark on the medium, a blueprint that many have tried to replicate throughout the decades. ... His legacy lingers in the echoing laughter in so many living rooms and theaters.”
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