Stars Mourn the Death of Garry Marshall: 'Thank You for My Professional Life,' Says Henry Winkler

Marshall died on Tuesday from complications of pneumonia. He was 81

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Garry Marshall‘s death had a profound effect on Hollywood. The writer/director/actor passed away on Tuesday evening from complications of pneumonia following a stroke at a hospital in Burbank, California. He was 81.

Among those who honored Marshall with condolences and prayers was Henry Winkler whose role of the Fonz on the Garry Marshall sitcom Happy Days launched his career. “Rest In Peace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty, friendship and generosity,” Winkler tweeted, adding, “Larger than life, funnier than most , wise and the definition of friend.”

Richard Gere, who starred in Marshall’s Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride, told PEOPLE in a statement: “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.”

John Stamos, who was famously cast as Uncle Jesse in Full House at the suggestion of Marshall, eulogized the director in an essay posted to the The Hollywood Reporter. “He led by example by never wasting the little time we are given,” Stamos wrote. “The man made the most out of every minute. He didn t wallow in the things we can not change. He d be so pissed off if he knew I was crying right now.”

Lindsay Lohan worked with Marshall in 2007’s Georgia Rule, and posted a tribute to the late director on Instagram Wednesday. “When people doubted me, he didn’t. He stood by me and for that I am forever grateful for another guardian angel in the heavens above,” she wrote.

Julie Andrews, who worked with the director on Princess Diaries said she was “devastated” to hear of his passing.

“I am devastated to hear of Garry’s passing. He was a dear friend and colleague….generous to a fault, she told Entertainment Tonight. My heart goes out to [his wife] Barbara and the entire family. We shall miss him.”

Actor Wendell Pierce called Marshall a “comedy genius” and “cultural icon.” Those two descriptions were very much echoed by many actors and actresses whom had the honor of working with Marshall.

Sarah Paulson, who starred in the 1999 film The Other Sister, tweeted: “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.”

Goldie Hawn thanked the director for the difference he has made in her family. Marshall worked with Hawn on the film Overboard and with Kate Hudson on several films, including their most recent collaboration on Mother’s Day.

Zelda Williams, daughter of the late Robin Williams, referenced her father’s role in Marshall’s sitcom Mork and Mindy. “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,” she tweeted.

Marshall is survived by his wife, Barbara – to whom he was married to for 53 years – son Scott, daughters Lori and Kathleen, and sisters Penny Marshall and Ronny Hallin.

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