Robin Williams Tribute Special to Air on PBS

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Stars and friends of Robin Williams will share memories of the late comedian in “Robin Williams Remembered — A Pioneers of Television Special.”

The one-hour special will feature Williams’ last full-length television interview, including never-before-seen footage and Williams’ stories from his early days as a stand-up comedian, his desire to be a dramatic actor and his efforts to entertain U.S. troops overseas.

It will also feature tributes and interviews with Williams’ friends Henry Winkler, Yakov Smirnoff, Louie Anderson, Paul Rodriguez, Rick Overton, Blake Clark, Pauly Shore and George Schlatter, as well as Penny Marshall, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Stiller, Jimmie Walker and Williams’ “Mork & Mindy” co-stars Pam Dawber and the late Jonathan Winters.

The special is set to air at 9 p.m., Sept. 9 on PBS SoCaL.  Other PBS stations’ air dates can be found in local listings.

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  1. Robin Williams was so much more than a funny man. He was a GOOD man, kind and generous, always putting others before himself. He was so talented, too, and with that often times comes a dark side. I’m so sad, still crying when I think about his being gone, that the dark side won. I will never forget him and will help my grand children know him as they grow up.

  2. phillip says:

    Mr. Williams will most certainly be missed as the comedic mastermind that he was.

  3. Mona Milby says:

    Missed it. When will you air it again?

  4. Marty Clements says:

    Please tell me when it will air again.

  5. Linda Cristiani says:

    Our PBS (WCET) station played this last night. Well done! I felt there was too much Pam Dawber. I think the point was clearly made that not only was Robin Williams a Pioneer in Television but a Pioneer in Life. He found a way to use all of himself to create & express a wonderful, joyful approach to life & art. His art astounded us, entertained us, taught us, and embraced us. He was our comfortable, best friend that could say anything – and it was OK. It was good!
    This overview of Robin’s life was good to see. I am a contemporary of his, and so I am privileged to have seen his star rise. There are only a few films of his I haven’t seen. He has been the one person I would always stay up late to watch on Carson. The HBO specials – hilarious. His movies – always had so much in each performance to catch. Whether they were comedies or dramas, you could count on Robin to get the job done. And in his own way.
    From 1977 to present date with 2 movies in post production, I count 77 movies he acted in or provided “voice” for.
    The PBS program covered his extensive charity works. Comic Relief, USO, [St. Jude’s Hospital], to name a few.
    No one will be able to follow in Robin’s footsteps. He was not only a Pioneer, he was that unique sort of man that has so many talents, there just can never be another. Like Einstein, like Michelangelo, like Stephen Hawking. History will speak kindly of Robin Williams.

  6. DebraAnnT says:

    I’m looking forward to this. Although there have been plenty of entertainment shows and a special already on regular TV. I Love PBS and the presentation I’m sure will be a great one as ALL of their Specials. :D I saw “Fisher King” last night per chance and it was good to see the final scene….looking up at the stars. ********** my 2 favs in a moment for the heart to smile about.

  7. Janis Lang says:

    Thank you for the info. I just found my pubic television where I live and scrolled through til next Tuesday til I found it. Thank you.

  8. Joanna Burkett says:

    Pacific , central, eastern , or mountain time?

  9. Gary Sartori says:

    Interested to see what Pam Dawber has to say. Haven;t heard anything from her after her statement the night he died

  10. Mary Darling says:

    Looking forward to seeing the PBS special on Robin Williams, my favorite comedian. Such a wonderful talent.

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