Ron Howard Remembers Garry Marshall: "A World-Class Creator, Mentor, Philosopher and Friend"

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Clockwise from left: Henry Winkler, Garry Marshall, Ron Howard and Jim Knaub

Marshall worked with Howard on 'Happy Days' and the two remained lifelong friends.

Ron Howard has added his own tribute to the many that have been pouring in for Garry Marshall, the legendary TV and movie producer and director who died Tuesday at the age of 81.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Howard remembered the Happy Days creator's "staggering sense of humor and wisdom" and described Marshall as a "world-class creator, mentor, philosopher and friend."

"From his Bronx inspired wording to his staggering sense of humor and wisdom, Garry was at once both unpretentious and inspiring. He was a world-class creator, mentor, philosopher and friend," said Howard. "The mantra he shared with those he worked with who had succeeded in the entertainment industry was priceless. 'Success is fantastic,' he'd say, 'but never forget that life is more important than show business.'"

He added: "Those of us who were lucky enough to be in Garry's orbit have all been made better people for that gift. He will leave a hell of a void ... but a lot of laughs and a lot of meaning buried underneath those laughs, too."

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