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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Remembering Robin Williams 1951 - 2014



Actor and comedian Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63, will always be remembered as Mork, the alien from planet Ork, in the 1978-82 ABC sitcom, Mork & Mindy, for which he received a 1979 Golden Globe Award for Best TV Actor in a Musical/Comedy. He also won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin (1987) and ABC Presents: A Royal Gala (1988). His final television appearance was in the 2013-14 CBS sitcom, The Crazy Ones, which was canceled after only one season.

Williams won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in the 1997 drama, Good Will Hunting. He also received three other Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989) and The Fisher King (1991). His other film credits include Popeye (1980), The World According to Garp (1982), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), The Best of Times (1986), Awakenings (1990), Hook (1991), Toys (1992), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Deconstructing Harry (1997), Patch Adams (1998), What Dreams May Come (1998), Death to Smoochy (2002), One Hour Photo (2002), Night at the Museum (2006) and its two sequels, Happy Feet (2006), The Night Listener (2006), Old Dogs (2009) and The Butler (2013).

Williams also appeared on Broadway in his own one-man show, Robin Williams: Live on Broadway, in 2002, and he made his Broadway acting debut in the play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, in 2011.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate the life and career of Mr. Williams.

A 1977 TV commercial for the Illinois Bell Phone Center Store.



A 1978 appearance on CBC-TV's 90 Minutes Live with host Peter Gzowski.




A 1978 appearance on the syndicated talk-show parody, America 2-Night.



The one-hour pilot episode of Mork & Mindy on September 14, 1978, which also includes a flashback to Mork's first appearance on Happy Days on February 28, 1978.



Williams' first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on October 14, 1981.



Williams performs a monologue as the American flag on the TV special, I Love Liberty, on March 21, 1982.



The World According to Garp (1982)



Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)



Dead Poets Society (1989)



Awakenings (1990)



The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on January 10, 1991.



The Fisher King (1991)



His performance of "Friend Like Me" as the Genie in Aladdin (1992).



Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)



The Birdcage (1996)



Good Will Hunting (1997) and his acceptance speech at the 1998 Academy Awards.




An appearance on Bonnie Hunt's sitcom, Life with Bonnie, on February 4, 2003.

3 comments:

Christoph said...

A real shock! They say the funniest people are often the most depressed and I guess this proves the point. He will be greatly missed. He was one of the few comedians that I felt was consistently laugh out loud funny. And, not to sound like a prude, but he was also one of the few left that could have people rolling in the aisles without dropping the "F" every five seconds. A great talent.

Lance said...

The world is a bit darker today without "Mork". Rest in PEACE Robin.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Thanks for your comments, Christoph and Lance! The world is indeed a darker place without Mr. Williams.