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Stars React to Garry Marshall’s Death

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Here’s a sample of the celebrity reaction to the death of producer and director Garry Marshall, who passed away Tuesday at age 81:

* Henry Winkler, Happy Days star: “GARRY MARSHALL Rest In Peace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty, friendship and generosity.”

* Scott Baio, Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi star: “Today I lost a man who was a 2nd father to me. He discovered me and gave me a wonderful life. Garry Marshall was the most generous and talented man I’ve ever met. The entertainment industry has lost a comedic genius and a good man. My heart goes out to my lifelong friends the Marshall family.”

* Richard Gere, Pretty Woman star, in a statement to Variety: “Garry of course was one of those truly important people one is blessed to meet in one’s lifetime. Besides being the pulse and life force of ‘Pretty Woman’… a steady helmsman on a ship that could have easily capsized… he was a super fine and decent man, husband and father who brought real joy and love and infectious good spirits to every thing and everyone he crossed paths with. Everyone loved Garry. He was a mentor and a cheerleader and one of the funniest men who ever lived. He had a heart of the purest gold and a soul full of mischief. He was Garry.”

* Jason Alexander, Pretty Woman star: “Garry Marshall gave me one of the best experiences I ever had in my career. Thanks pal. RIP.”

* Topher Grace, Valentine’s Day star: “Oh man, this is a tough one. Honored I spent time with this kind man. My love to his wife and family.”

* Zelda Williams, daughter of late Mork & Mindy star Robin Williams: “RIP Garry Marshall. You forever changed my father’s life, and thus, mine. Thank you for capturing so much joy on film, over and over.”

* Sarah Paulson, starred in The Other Sister and New Year’s Eve: “Garry Marshall, I am forever indebted to you. Thank you for taking a chance on me. I love you. On the wings on Angels, rest now.”

* Jessica Alba, starred in Valentine’s Day: “I had the honor to work w the legendary #GarryMarshall -thank u 4 ur comedic genius! #rip a true pioneer.”

* Alyssa Milano, appeared in New Year’s Eve: “I was blessed to have worked with Garry Marshall. Not only was he a wonderful director, but also, he was a gentle, loving, kind man.”

* Lea Michele, appeared in New Year’s Eve: “So sad to hear about the passing of the incredible Garry Marshall.. You will be missed.”

* Rob Lowe: “Garry Marshall hired me at 15 years old. He gave my wife her start at 18, as a makeup artist. He changed our lives. And MANY others. #love.”

* Tony Danza: “We lost one of the all time greatest tonight. My dear friend, Garry Marshall, has passed away. My deepest thoughts to Barbara & the family.”

* Fred Savage: “So sad to hear the news about Garry Marshall. He was a kind and generous man who gave everything to his family and his work. A real loss…”

* Bob Saget: “The world has lost a great man, a comedy icon and a wonderful friend. Rest in peace Garry Marshall.”

* Wendell Pierce: “My heart is broken. Comic genius, Garry Marshall has died. A cultural icon who was brilliant till the end. Always kind. Always funny! RIP.”

* Albert Brooks: “R.I.P. Garry Marshall. A great, great guy and the best casino boss in the history of film. #lostinamerica”

* Anna Kendrick: “I only met Garry Marshall once, when I was very young, but he was incredibly warm, encouraging, and generous with his time and energy.”

* Ron Perlman: “With the passing of #GarryMarshall the world got a little less funny today. Thanks for the shining moments dear sir…”

* Paul Feig: “RIP Garry Marshall. He was an amazing person and gave me my first true exposure to the industry. You will be missed. #TheDesertInnHasHeart.”

* Seth Meyers: “Garry Marshall was as sweet as he was generous and he told a great story.  He will be missed.”

* Emmy Rossum: “An artist and such a kind person who brought such joy. Sat in his office w him not even a year ago. Such sad news.”

* Octavia Spencer: “RIP #GarryMarshall will miss that talented one”

* Marc Maron: “Garry Marshall. A class act. Sent us this photo right after his interview. Using his new WTF mug. He’ll be missed.”

Richard Lewis: “RIP Garry Marshall. What a devotion to the art of comedy. “Happy Days” have come and gone.”

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