Thursday, July 19, 2018

Filmmaker & Actor Garry Marshall 2016 Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery

Garry Kent Marshall (November 13, 1934 – July 19, 2016)[2] was an American film director, film producer, screenwriter and actor, best known for creating Happy Days and its various spin-offs, developing Neil Simon's 1965 play The Odd Couple for television, and directing Pretty Woman, Beaches, Runaway Bride, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, Mother's Day, The Princess Diaries, and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

Early life Garry Kent Marshall was born in The Bronx, New York on November 13, 1934, the son of Anthony Wallace Marshall (1906–99), a director of industrial films and later a producer, and Marjorie Irene (née Ward; 1908-1983), a tap dance teacher who ran a tap dance school.[3] He was the brother of actress/director Penny Marshall and Ronny Marshall Hallin, a television producer. His father was of Italian descent, his family having come from San Martino sulla Marrucina, Chieti, Abruzzo,[4] and his mother was of German, English, and Scottish ancestry.[5] His father changed his last name from Masciarelli to Marshall before Garry was born.[2] Marshall was baptized Presbyterian and also raised Lutheran for a time.[6]

He attended De Witt Clinton High School and Northwestern University, where he wrote a sports column for The Daily Northwestern, and is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.[7][8]


Marshall began his career as a joke writer for such comedians as Joey Bishop and Phil Foster and became a writer for The Tonight Show with Jack Paar.[9]

In 1961, he moved to Hollywood, where he teamed up with Jerry Belson as a writer for television. The pair worked on The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Joey Bishop Show, The Danny Thomas Show, and The Lucy Show. Their first television series as creator-producers was Hey, Landlord, which lasted one season (1966–67). Then they adapted Neil Simon's play The Odd Couple for television. 

On his own, Marshall created Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley (starring his sister Penny), and Mork and Mindy, which were produced by his associates Thomas L. Miller, Robert L. Boyett, and Edward K. Milkis.[10] He was also a co-creator of Makin' It,[11] which the three men also produced.

In the early 1980s, he met Héctor Elizondo while playing basketball and became great friends. Elizondo appeared in every film that Marshall directed, beginning with his first feature film Young Doctors in Love. Elizondo once noted that he is written into all of Marshall's contracts whether he wanted to do the film or not.[12]

In the opening credits of Exit to Eden (their eighth film together), Elizondo is credited "As Usual ... Hector Elizondo." In 1984, Marshall had a film hit as the writer and director of The Flamingo Kid.[13]

Marshall wore many hats during this period of his career: Most of his hit television series were created and executive produced by him. His first producing assignment came with Hey, Landlord in 1966. He stepped up the very next year, producing The Lucy Show.[14] Then came successes in producing The Odd Couple, Laverne and Shirley, Blansky's Beauties, Mork and Mindy, Angie, and Happy Days. He launched independent productions through his theater (The Falcon in Toluca Lake) and in association with productions launched with talent he was grooming and working with for years.

One such project titled Four Stars was directed by Lynda Goodfriend (who portrayed Lori Beth in Happy Days), and was based on a play Goodfriend had read when she was studying at the Lee Strasberg Center, which had been written by John Schulte and Kevin Mahoney. It starred Julie Paris (the daughter of Jerry Paris) and Bert Kramer. Schulte later co-wrote with TV veteran writer and producer, Fred Fox, Jr., who penned and produced a number of Marshall's television series, including Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley.[15] 

Marshall went on to focus on directing feature films, with a series of hits, such as Beaches, Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries, Valentine's Day, and New Year's Eve.

Marshall was also an actor, appearing in Murphy Brown and in such films as Soapdish, On the Lot, and provided a guest-starring voice for The Simpsons episodes Eight Misbehavin' and Homer the Father. He also appeared in two episodes of Happy Days as a drummer.

His theater credits included Wrong Turn at Lungfish, which he wrote in collaboration with Lowell Ganz,[16] The Roast with Jerry Belson,[17] Shelves and Happy Days: A New Musical with Paul Williams,[18] which had its premiere at the Falcon Theater in Burbank, California, February 24, 2006.[19] He portrayed the role of "director" on Burbank's "Lights... camera... action!" float in the 2014 Rose Parade. In 2014, Marshall appeared in a guest star role in a February episode in season 11 of Two and a Half Men.

His son Scott Marshall is a director and his daughter Kathleen Marshall is an actress and producer. In 1997, he co-authored the memoir Wake Me When It's Funny with his daughter Lori Marshall.


On the morning of July 19, 2016, Marshall died at a hospital in Burbank, California at the age of 81 due to complications of pneumonia after suffering a stroke.[20][21] 

Gary Marshall is buried at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. 


Awards and nominations

In 1996, Marshall was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of excellence and innovation in creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.[22] He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame for his contributions to the field of television in 1997.[23]

In 2012, he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters' Broadcasting Hall of Fame.[24]

Marshall received the Valentine Davies Award (1995) and Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement (2014)[25] from the Writers Guild of America.[26]


1. "Director Garry Marshall dead at 81" CBS News. July 19, 2016. 
2. "Shlemiel! Shlemozzle! And Cue the Soprano" The New York Times. September 4, 2005.
3. Garry Marshall Interview,
4. LaSalle, Mick (May 26, 2006). "This Jewish boy's life will make you laugh (and get a bit verklempt?)". The San Francisco Chronicle.
5. "An Interview with the Cast of Keeping up with the Steins" 2008-06-25. Archived from the original on 2008-06-25. 
6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. 
7. Spy. Sussex Publishers, LLC. 1990-04-01. p. 82.
8. "Alpha Tau Omega: Life Loyal Taus Listing" 
9. "Writer-director Garry Marshall dies at age 81" Associated Press. 
10. Staiger, Janet (October 1, 2000). Blockbuster TV: Must-See Sitcoms in the Network Era. NYU Press. ISBN 9780814783511.
11. "Makin' It | TV Series | 1978" February 3, 2015. 
12. Kung, Michelle (August 20, 2004). "Loyal Subject" Entertainment Weekly.
13. Eisenberg, Eric (September 20, 2012). "Brett Ratner Producing Remake Of The Flamingo Kid". CINEMABLEND. 
14. "The Museum of Broadcast Communications - Encyclopedia of Television - Marshall, Garry" 
15. "Every Generation Has Its Zorro - Untitled Document".
16. Gerard, Jeremy (February 22, 1993). "Review: 'Wrong Turn at Lungfish'"
17. "The Roast @ Winter Garden Theatre | Playbill" Playbill. 
18. Williams, Paul; Marshall, Garry (January 1, 2010). Happy Days: A New Musical. Samuel French, Inc. ISBN 9780573698293.
19. "Happy Days Musical, With McIntyre, Returns to CA's Falcon This Summer"
20. "TV, film legend Garry Marshall dies at 81". USA Today. July 19, 2016. 
21. Reporter, Nick Visser (July 19, 2016). "Director Garry Marshall Dead At 81" The Huffington Post. 
22. "Past Recipients" Archived from the original on August 20, 2011. 
23. "Garry Marshall, Legendary Hollywood Producer, Director and Writer, Dies at 81"
24. "Garry Marshall Inducted into NAB Hall of Fame"
25. "Writer-Producer-Director Garry Marshall to Receive 2014 WGAW Television Laurel Award" 
26. Pedersen, Erik (July 20, 2016). "Garry Marshall Dies: 'Happy Days' Creator and 'Pretty Woman' Helmer Was 81"

Further reading

Marshall, Garry (1995). Wake Me When It's Funny: How to Break into Show Business and Stay There. Newmarket Press. ISBN 1-55704-288-8.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"Star Trek" Actor Roger Perry 2018 Memorial Video

Roger Perry (May 7, 1933 – July 12, 2018) was an American film and television actor whose career began in the late 1950s. He served as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force during the early 1950s.

In the 1960–1961 television season, Perry portrayed attorney Jim Harrigan, Jr. in Harrigan and Son. He guest-starred on numerous American television series from the 1950s through the 1980s. His first television appearance was as Ted Jarvis in the 1958 episode "Paper Bullets" of the syndicated crime drama, U.S. Marshal. He appeared with James Coburn and John Dehner in the 1960 episode "Friend of the Family" of The Texan.[1] He co-starred in the 1963-1964 series Arrest and Trial as Detective Sergeant Dan Kirby.

In NBC's Star Trek episode "Tomorrow Is Yesterday" (1967) he guested as a 20th century airforce pilot. Other television series in which he appeared include Emergency!, Love, American Style, The Andy Griffith Show, Ironside, The F.B.I., The Eleventh Hour, The Munsters, Barnaby Jones, The Facts of Life, Adam-12 and Falcon Crest.[2]

Perry starred in two American International Pictures (AIP) horror films featuring the vampire character, Count Yorga. In Count Yorga, Vampire (1970), he portrayed Dr. James Hayes, the protagonist who uncovers the true nature of Yorga (but is attacked and killed by Yorga's brides). However, Perry returned as a different lead character in the sequel, The Return of Count Yorga (1971), as Professor David Baldwin.[2]

Perry married actress/comedian Jo Anne Worley on May 11, 1975. They divorced in 2000 and had no children.

Perry later married actress Joyce Bulifant. In 2014 Perry and Bulifant were honored with a Golden Palm Star on the Walk of Stars in Palm Springs, California.[3]

Perry died at age 85 on July 12, 2018, at his home in Indian Wells, California, from prostate cancer.[4]


1. "The Texan." Classic Television Archive.
2. Roger Perry on IMDb
3. Palm Springs Walk of Stars official website

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Comedian & Actor Benny Rubin 1986 Hillside Cemetery

Benny Rubin (February 2, 1899 – July 15, 1986) was a Jewish American comedian and film actor. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Rubin made more than 200 radio, film and television appearances over a span of 50 years, to include an appearance on I Dream of Jeannie, the episode title “The Case of My Vanishing Master."

Radio and television

Rubin was known for his ability to imitate many dialects, as was evident when he was a panelist on the joke-telling radio series, Stop Me If You've Heard This One.

On radio, he played Professor Kropotkin on My Friend Irma[1]:245, was a co-host of Only Yesterday[1]:261 and was a member of the cast of The Bickersons.[1]

He made frequent guest appearances on both the radio and television versions of The Jack Benny Program. A popular bit included Jack asking a series of questions that Rubin would answer with an ever-increasing irritated, "I don't know!" followed by the punchline. In later years he made many bit appearances, sometimes uncredited, for instance in a number of Jerry Lewis features. He also guest appeared in an episode on the television series The Joey Bishop Show as the hypnotist, Max Collins.

According to Jack Benny's autobiography, Sunday Nights at Seven, he once cast Rubin to portray a Pullman porter. Although Rubin could do a convincing African-American dialect, the producer insisted he looked "too Jewish" for the part. As a result, Benny ended up giving the part to Eddie Anderson, and the porter character soon evolved into the famous "Rochester Van Jones."

He had a memorable turn in the Gunsmoke episode "Dr Herman Schultz M.D.," in which he played a physician who used his mesmeric skills to steal money.

In 1968, he appeared on Petticoat Junction. He played Gus Huffle, owner of the Pixley movie theater, in the episode: "Wings." (The episode title is in direct reference to the 1927 silent movie Wings starring Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen, who also appear in the episode as themselves.) Then, in 1969, he appeared again (credited as the "man patient") in the episode: "The Ballard of the Everyday Housewife."

"The Beverly Hillbillies"


Jokes by Lew Lehr, Cal Tinney, Roger Bower and Rubin were collected in Stop Me If You've Heard This One (1949), a Permabook published by Garden City Publishing. Permabooks were designed with an unusual format of a paperback bound with stiff cardboard covers (with a "special wear-resistant finish") to simulate the look and feel of a hardcover book, and the company had previously published Best Jokes for All Occasions, edited by Powers Moulton.

The Stop Me If You've Heard This One Permabook featured a two-page foreword by Tinney, a one-page introduction by Bower, 66 pages of jokes by Bower, 85 pages of jokes by Tinney and 82 pages of jokes by Lehr. Under the heading, "P.S.," Rubin only had space for four jokes on two pages, as explained, "Benny Rubin was added to our show just before press time."

In 1972, Rubin published his autobiography, Come Backstage with Me.[2]

Rubin died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California on July 15, 1986. He is interred at Hillside Cemetery.

Partial Filmography

Naughty Baby (1928)

They Learned About Women (1930)

Pirates (1930)

Children of Pleasure (1930)

Sunny Skies (1930)

Hot Curves (1930)

Leathernecking (1930)
Julius Sizzer (1931) short film
Dumb Dicks (1932) short film
Guests Wanted (1932) short film
Sunday Night at the Trocadero (1937) short film

Fighting Mad (1939)

Zis Boom Bah (1941)
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
Double Trouble (1941)
Tangier Incident (1953)

Up in Smoke (1957)

A Hole in the Head (1959)
The Errand Boy (1961)
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

A House Is Not a Home (1964)

That Funny Feeling (1965)
Angel in My Pocket (1969)
How to Frame a Figg (1971)
The Return of the World's Greatest Detective (1976)
The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
Coma (1978)


1. Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland and Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. P. 37.
2. Rubin, Benny. Come Backstage with Me. Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1972.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

"Damn Yankees" Actor Tab Hunter 2018 - Memorial Video - Acting

Tab Hunter (born Arthur Andrew Kelm; July 11, 1931 – July 8, 2018) was an American actor, television host, pop singer, film producer, and author. He starred in more than 40 films including BATTLE CRY, THE GIRL HE LEFT BEHIND, RIDE THE WILD SURF, POLYESTER, LUST IN THE DUST, and DAMN YANKEES. He was a well-known Hollywood star and heart throb of the 1950s and 1960s, known for his Golden Blond Californian surfer-boy looks. At his height he had his own television show The Tab Hunter Show and a hit single with "Young Love."

Hunter died from complications of deep vein thrombosis that caused cardiac arrest on July 8, 2018, three days before his 87th birthday. According to his partner Allan Glaser, Hunter's death was "sudden and unexpected."