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Remembering Robin

By Erin Maxwell

The loss of Robin Williams is great. A man of immeasurable genius whose rapid-fire comedic stylings defined new generations of comedians. Regarded as a gentle soul by peers and all those who had the honor to work with him, he was a giant in the industry who will be greatly missed.

Before box-office hits, Academy accolades and cross-dressing nannies, Williams was a regular of the small screen. He was a staple of late ‘70s and early ‘80s comedies, be it sketch comedy shows, sitcoms or Saturday morning schedules. Before he landed the plum role of Mork, Williams has a known comedic talent who spread his skills amongst primetime shows.

Here is a brief look at the early TV years of Robin Williams:

1977: The Richard Pryor Show

Here, a young Williams is a bit player in the classic “Egypt Scene”

Williams in the hilarious To Kill a Mockingbird send-up

1978: America 2-Night

On the cusp of becoming a primetime alien mega-star, Williams played Jason Shine, male escort

1978: Happy Days

Mork meets Fonzie for the first time. Hijinx ensue and audiences go nuts.

1978: Mork and Mindy

Mork gives his first report to the mighty Orson.

1982: Faeire Tale Theatre: The Frog Prince

With Teri Garr as the bratty princess

1982: Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour

Because in the early ‘80s, every hit show had a cartoon counterpart on Saturday mornings.

1982: SCTV – “The Church of Unlimited Credit”

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  1. Colm Barry

    August 14, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Thank you very much for unearthing all these early Robin Williams films. I never heard of him before "good morning Vietnam" (which I did not see at the time) and the first I ever saw was his "Doubtfire" classic. Indeed, "a gentle soul" describes him well and had he not been, then he could not have given empathic life to the estranged father in that, well, tragicomedy. But gentle souls and depression seem often to go together and because they can seem unassuming, help may not be forthcoming when needed which I believe was his tragedy.

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