ABC remembers television and movie wizard Garry Marshall in a two-hour special airing Tuesday night.
“The Happy Days of Garry Marshall” (8-10 p.m.) pays tribute to the mastermind behind classic TV shows “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “Mork & Mindy” and the director of popular movies including “Pretty Woman,” “A League of Their Own” and “Beaches.”
The Bronx-born Marshall’s life and career is recalled through reminiscences from his family, friends and colleagues. Marshall’s own recorded voice features prominently throughout the telecast (he died in 2016 at the age of 81).
On-camera interviews include Julia Roberts, Julie Andrews, Richard Gere, Pam Dawber and Henry Winkler — who shot to stardom as Fonzie on “Happy Days.”
“The diversity of his vision was surprising at every turn,” Winkler, 74, tells The Post. “He had the ability, once he was tired or bored with TV … to challenge himself, and he went on to make wonderful movies that had enormous depth of the human condition.
“He had this creative river that just flowed out of him.”
Winkler says he learned first-hand the respect, loyalty and — and, in some cases, awe — that Marshall inspired once they became close friends.
“I’m so grateful that he came into my life,” he says. “The amazing thing was that when I would go and have lunch with him at his office at the Falcon Theatre — which is now The Garry Marshall Theatre — it was filled with memorabilia from every project he’d ever worked on. There was almost no place to sit down.
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