The In Memoriam segment at this year’s Emmys kicked off with a personal tribute to legendary director and producer Garry Marshall. Although Marshall did a lot of work in film (directing such classics as Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries), he was also a longtime TV producer, developing iconic shows like Happy Days and The Odd Couple (both the original ’70s version and its two later reboots). Henry Winkler, the breakout star of Happy Days, came on stage to share memories of Marshall.
“I could talk endlessly about the career in TV of the great Garry Marshall … but to mention him only as a creator of entertainment would leave out 90 percent of the reason that Garry Marshall was one of the most beloved men in the history of our business,” Winkler said. “He created effortlessly. He would have an idea, he would give some thought, and it would come out of his mind like a genie out of a bottle. He was loyal. He had generosity of spirit and knowledge. I should know, he gave me my career.”
Winkler went on, with an impeccable Marshall impression: “Garry would always say, ‘Other people make important television. I make recess.’ So on behalf of all of us, Garry — thank you for inviting us into your schoolyard.”
The In Memoriam segment includeda performance from Tori Kelly, who sang a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” to accompany clips of Morley Safer, Gene Wilder, and Alan Rickman, among others who in the last calendar year.