66th Annual Emmy Awards to Honor Robin Williams
"While we are all still coming to terms with this week's tragic news, we are working to give Robin Williams the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves," Executive Producer Don Mischer told People.
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In addition to an appearance in the "In Memoriam" segment of the ceremony, stories of Williams will also likely be included in Emmy presenters' speeches.
Williams was nominated for eight Emmys over the course of his career, and won two for variety specials in 1987 and 1988. In addition to the award-winning performances, the actor's recurring character in Happy Days led to the long-running spin-off comedy Mork & Mindy. Williams also appeared in a series of HBO Comic Relief specials alongside Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg to raise funds for the homeless. Most recently, Williams starred in CBS's advertising comedy The Crazy Ones, opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar.
The actor was a fixture of the entertainment world, a renowned comedian, screen actor and stage star. After his success in Mork & Mindy, Williams went on to star in the films Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, The Fisher King and Good Will Hunting, for which he won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
The actor also starred on the silver screen in comedies such as Popeye, Hook, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, The Birdcage, Night at the Museum and Happy Feet. He recently appeared in the movies The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Boulevard and Lee Daniels' The Butler. Williams' upcoming projects include Merry Friggin' Christmas, Absolutely Anything and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
Williams made his Broadway debut in 2002 in Robin Williams: Live on Broadway and returned in 2011 for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. He also appeared off-Broadway opposite Steve Martin in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot at Lincoln Center in 1988.