cosmic tribute, Emmys bid adieu to Robin Williams
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[August 26, 2014]
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With a lump in
his throat and a somber tremble in his voice, actor Billy Crystal
paid a cosmic tribute to Robin Williams at the Primetime Emmy Awards
on Monday, two weeks after the comedian died in an apparent suicide.
Crystal, a longtime friend of Williams who rose to fame in
the same 1970s comedy circuit, remembered the madcap performer
as "the brightest star in a comedy galaxy".
"It is very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so
present in our lives," said Crystal.
Few actors of Williams's generation were as skilled in moving
between comedy and drama and for tackling roles as diverse as a
cross-dressing British nanny in comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire" to his
Oscar-winning rendition of a fatherly therapist in "Good Will
Williams, 63, was found dead at his home near San Francisco on
Aug. 11. He had been suffering from severe depression, anxiety
and early Parkinson's disease, his publicist said.
"While some of the brightest of our celestial bodies are
actually extinct now, their energy long since cool, but
miraculously, because they float in the heavens so far away from
the sound, their beautiful life will continue to shine on us
forever," Crystal said in his tribute that was followed by a
series of clips of Williams's TV performances.
"And the glow will be so bright, it will warm your heart, it
will make your eyes glisten, and you'll think to yourself, Robin
Williams - what a concept."
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The Oscar-winning actor and comedian had won Emmys in 1987 and 1988
for his performances in a variety or musical program.
Comedian Louis C.K., who won a best comedy writing Emmy for his FX
series "Louie," spoke off-stage about what Williams meant to his own
"He was my friend, I loved Robin very much. I grew up watching him.
He was somebody who worked so hard at it and was explosive energy,
so he was a beacon when I was a kid," the standup comedian told
reporters. "He was a big influence on me as a person and comedically."
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey and Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Mary
Milliken, Ken Wills and Matt Driskill)
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