For Robin Williams, ‘Television was his cradle, and in some ways it was his true home’

08.12.14 3 years ago

For Robin Williams, “Television was his cradle, and in some ways it was his true home”
TV, says Alessandra Stanley, allowed for the looseness and spontaneity that have less of a place in movies. Television was also where he shot to fame and, in recent years, it was where he returned to seek a steady mooring.” PLUS: “The Crazy Ones” seemed biographical for Williams, examining Williams” TV legacy, Williams was light years better than network TV was in the 1970s, BBC played Williams” “Family Guy” episode as news of his death broke, watch Williams” 5 funniest late-night appearances and his most memorable “SNL” moments, Henry Winkler remembers meeting Williams for the 1st time, CBS is under fire for interviewing a man claiming to have gone to AA with Williams, Chris Rock remembers his mentor, and watch Williams profanely accept the 2012 Comedy Icon Award before many of today”s celebrated comedians.

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