Garry Marshall, creator of hit US TV series Happy Days and the director of box-office hit Pretty Woman, has died aged 81, his publicist says.
Marshall died on Tuesday at hospital of complications Michelle Bega said.
The prolific director, producer and writer also wrote sitcoms The Odd Couple and Mork and Mindy.
He’s survived by his wife, Barbara, and their three children.
Born in The Big Apple, Marshall studied journalism and began his entertainment career writing other actors jokes.
He soon progressed to writing scripts for a series of hit TV shows and got the eye of comedian Joey Bishop, who took him to La to write for The Joey Bishop Show.
Marshall went to turn out scripts for some of typically the most popular TV comedies of the 1960s including The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Lucy Show.
Marshall directed hits such as Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride and changed to the big screen.