Legendary Comedian (03:20)
Robin Williams' comedic career started at the Comedy Store in Hollywood; he died in August, 2014. See clips from several of his works. Williams attended theater classes at Claremont College and realized his love of improv.
Acting to Stand-Up Comedy (03:50)
Williams attended Julliard; John Houseman was his mentor. He attended comedy training in San Francisco before moving to L.A.; see a clip from "The Great American Laugh Off." Williams learned from each performance.
Williams' Comedic Approach (05:05)
Broken mics were the beginning of Williams' off-mic approach. George Schlatter hired him for a new rendition of "Laugh-in;" the job helped him land a role on "The Richard Pryor Show." Williams recalls Pryor's skills and making him laugh.
Alien Character (04:53)
Williams auditioned for the part of an alien on "Happy Days." His success in the role established the spin-off series "Mork and Mindy." See clips from both shows.
"Mork and Mindy" (06:54)
Williams discusses character development and tender moments on the show; comedy was a challenge for network censors. Network executives began changing the program after the second season; Jonathan Winters joined the cast in the fourth season.
Williams and Winters (04:07)
Williams recalls Winters making his father laugh and "riffing" with him on "Mork and Mindy." As the show's ratings declined, Williams increased performances at comedy shows.
Major Life Changes (03:48)
ABC cancelled "Mork and Mindy" after the fourth season. Williams' first child was born and John Belushi died; Williams got sober. He starred in "Popeye" but returned to stand-up when the movie flopped.
Professional Success (05:00)
Williams' first HBO special was a success; stand-up kept him going, but Williams wanted to act. He starred in "The World According to Garp," "Moscow on the Hudson," and "Good Morning Vietnam."
Dramatic Films (03:30)
Penny Marshall persuaded Williams to take the role in "Awakenings;" he was not nominated for an Academy Award. Williams starred in "The Fisher King" and "Dead Poets Society," receiving nominations for both.
Comedic and Dramatic Films (05:02)
Williams starred in "Mrs. Doubtfire" and voiced the Genie in "Aladdin." He won an academy award for "Good Will Hunting." See clips from each of the films.
Challenges and Sensitivity (04:26)
Williams continued to explore new roles; see clips from "One Hour Photo." In life, he was caring and strove to do the right thing, including participating in Comic Relief, and visiting soldiers in the Middle East. Williams battled depression and alcoholism.
Williams' Legacy (04:17)
Williams recalls performing in Kabul and his first time in Afghanistan; he touched the lives of many. Actors and friends reflect on Williams' personality, what he meant to people, and his loss.
Credits: Robin Williams Remembered: A Pioneers of Television Special (00:35)
Credits: Robin Williams Remembered: A Pioneers of Television Special
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