Howard Pays Tribute to Garry Marshall

“He would answer my questions because I was kind of lost,” Howard said of the late director’s support during production of “Private Parts”

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Howard Stern started Wednesday's show by paying tribute to the legendary Garry Marshall, who died Tuesday afternoon at the age of 81.

"Garry Marshall was very kind to me," Howard said of the late director who was also a guest on the Stern Show. Marshall directed one of Howard's favorite movies, "The Flamingo Kid" (trailer below).

In addition to his work in film, Marshall made his big break in show business as a comedy writer, penning jokes for "The Tonight Show" with Jack Paar. He also created TV sitcoms "The Odd Couple," "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley," and "Mork & Mindy."

While working hard to complete the final draft for his movie "Private Parts," Marshall offered some writing tips to Howard in order to get the script where it needed to be.

"One of the things personally he did for me, when I was struggling with putting together 'Private Parts,' occasionally I would call him or he would call me at home and he would answer my questions because I was kind of lost," Howard said, adding that before Garry's help, he had put out at least 20 different drafts of "Private Parts."

After the script was finalized and the movie began shooting, Garry sent Howard a leather binder to hold his "Private Parts" script, a gift that Howard still has today.

Rest in peace, Garry.