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From Mork to Madman: Robin Williams’ Most Memorable TV Appearances

Check out some of Williams’ wackiest, wittiest small-screen turns

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With the news of Robin Williams' death on Aug. 11, the world mourns the loss of a beloved actor and comedian whose career spanned nearly 40 years.

While he is best known for such blockbuster films as Good Morning, Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Birdcage and Aladdin, he got his start in TV (by way of stand-up comedy) as the quirky Mork From Ork. Here are some of his most memorable small-screen appearances over the years.



Comic Relief, 1986-2010

Williams got his start as a standup comic — something he continued to cultivate throughout his career, including his long-running involvement with the almost-annual charity event Comic Relief, which he always co-hosted alongside Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg. Founded in 1986, the televised benefit made its last appearance in 2010, having raised more than $50 million for distribution to homeless Americans over the years. The highlight was always Williams riffing with his cohorts, whether it was providing dialogue for a lip-syncing Crystal or indulging in a well-choreographed aerobics dance routine.