"Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy -- I could talk endlessly about the career in television of the great Garry Marshall," said an emotional Winkler. "We could mention his films, like Pretty Woman. 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."
Marshall died on July 19 in a Burbank, California, hospital due to complications following a stroke. He was 81.
"He was loyal, he had generosity of spirit and knowledge. I should know, he gave me my career," shared Winkler, who is still best known for starring as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli on Happy Days. "Anybody who was lucky enough to meet him, he changed their life."
"Garry would always say, 'Other people make important television. I make recess,'" he continued. "So, on behalf of all of us, Garry, thank you for inviting us into your schoolyard."
Earlier in the broadcast, Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor shared a sweet tribute to Garry Shandling, his friend and former co-star on the groundbreaking comedy The Larry Sanders Show.
The tribute allowed the acerbic and beloved comedian, who died on March 24 from hyperparathyroidism, to speak for himself in the form of a series of clips from his award-winning sitcoms and celebrated stand-up specials.
After Winkler's tribute to Marshall, singer Tori Kelly delivered a poignant rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" to underscore the annual Emmys In Memoriam segment, which remembered all the stars who've died this year.
Kelly, who delivered an amazing performance, spoke with ET on the red carpet, where she opened up about getting choked up while rehearsing the segment prior to the show.
"It was just very moving for me," she said. "I tried not to look at the screen because that's where they are showing everybody, [but] I did catch Prince at the end ... I was like, 'Aw, dang it!' I'm going to try and keep my composure and pay my respect." Check out the video below to hear more from the singer about her Emmys performance.