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Garry Marshall

TV movers & shakers

The 1970s were happy days for Marshall, indeed. Few, if any, have turned so many TV characters into cultural icons.

He began the decade developing Neil Simon’s classic play “The Odd Couple” into the series that would forever define Tony Randall as finicky Felix and Jack Klugman as irascible Oscar.

A few years later, and with George Lucas’ “American Graffiti” having just set the stage, he made the ’50s cool again with Richie; Potsie; and, of course, the Fonz, a role with which Henry Winkler will be forever linked.

Jumping from the malt shop to the brewery, Marshall cast his sister, Penny, in the spinoff “Laverne & Shirley,” where Lenny and Squiggy were born. Before the decade ended, “Mork & Mindy” gave Robin Williams a chance to “nanoo nanoo” with Pam Dawber.

Marshall would mostly focus on films after “Mork” ended signed, but his run was Alphabet heaven.

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