Milwaukee native who produced ‘Full House’ and ‘Laverne & Shirley’ dies

On this day: January 27
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1976: The "Happy Days" spin-off "Laverne & Shirley" premieres. The sitcom, starring Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams as single roommates who worked as bottlecappers in a fictitious Milwaukee brewery, ran for eight seasons before ending on May 10, 1983. It finished in the top three in ratings its first four seasons, including being the most-watched TV show in its third and fourth seasons. In the sixth season the show's setting shifted from Milwaukee to Los Angeles and Williams left the show two episodes into the eighth season. Despite the departure of one of its stars, the show retained the name "Laverne & Shirley" and stayed steady in the ratings during its final season.

LOS ANGELES  — The producer of a string of TV hits including “Full House” and its sequel “Fuller House” has died.

A family spokeswoman said that Thomas L. Miller died Sunday in Salisbury, Connecticut, from complications of heart disease.

A native of Milwaukee, Miller moved to Los Angeles in 1962 and began his Hollywood career working for famed movie director Billy Wilder.

After serving as a studio executive, Miller’s independent production career included the sitcoms “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley.”  Working in partnership with Robert Boyett, he produced “Full House” and the Netflix sequel that debuted in 2016.

Miller and Boyett later collaborated on Broadway productions, including the Tony Award-winning “War Horse.”