Robin Williams was fondly remembered by his good friend Billy Crystal at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25, 2014. Billy’s speech was heartwarming , as he relayed funny memories of the times he spent with his good friend who always kept us laughing. The two comedians had been friends for decades. Robin Williams was born July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois and passed away on August 11, 2014 in Tiburon, California. He was 63 years old. News of his death left those who knew him speechless. Upon hearing the news of his good friend’s death, comedian Billy Crystal tweeted “No words.” That sentiment was backed up by their mutual friend Whoopi Goldberg when she simply responded that Billy was right. It was an emotional night at the Emmy Awards.
The prolific and irrepressible Robin Williams is remembered by many for his work on HBO’s ‘Comic Relief’ with longtime friends Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg. Their organization supported many worthy causes including combatting homelessness and providing aid for the victims of natural disasters. The friendship fostered on that show made the remembrances at the Emmy Awards that much more meaningful. Many will remember him for his performance as Mork, a quirky, lovable alien from the planet Ork on the hit television series Mork & Mindy, which aired on ABC from 1978 to 1982. The ever-creative Robin Williams got the part of Mork when he was asked to sit down at his audition and he promptly sat on his head. The character Mork was so popular that he made appearances in Happy Days and Out of the Blue. In addition to being a wildly popular comedian, Robin Williams is also known for powerful performances in popular movies such as Good Morning Viet Nam as Adrian Cronauer, Dead Poets’ Society as John Keating, and in Patch Adams as the lovable doctor, Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams. One of his most memorable performances was his portrayal of the Genie character in Aladdin. He is remembered by children young and old for his comical performance as a loving father disguised as a female housekeeper and nanny in Mrs. Doubtfire.
Williams received the honor of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 12, 1990. Over 2500 brass stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame cover the sidewalk for 15 blocks along Hollywood Boulevard and for 3 more blocks on Vine St. in Hollywood, California. Over the years he has won many awards for his memorable works as an actor, writer, comedian, director and producer. In 1998, Robin Williams won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. In 2005, he won the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes.
Billy Crystal’s emotional tribute at the Emmy Awards remembered Robin Williams as a great friend and brilliant comedian who was able to be funny anywhere. Billy described him as the greatest friend anyone could ever imagine. Billy Crystal went on to define Robin Williams as a bright and shining star in the comedy galaxy whose light will continue to shine brightly forever. The loss of this wonderful and brilliant comedian may bring many tears to our eyes, but the smiles he brought to his fans faces will never fade.
By Aiden Aeryk Wolfe