Pam Dawber, who played opposite Robin Williams on “Mork & Mindy” in the late ’70s and early ’80s, will bring her memories of her former co-star and friend to an upcoming PBS special honoring the late comedic genius. The tribute, entitled “Robin Williams Remembered — A Pioneers of Television Special,” will air on Tuesday, September 9th.
The special will feature the first interview with Dawber since William’s suicide on August 11th, according to the New York Daily News. In the wake of her old friend’s tragic death, Dawber has so far released only a brief statement, in which she said she was “completely and totally devastated.”
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Dawber and Williams had a “television reunion” this year on the season finale of “The Crazy Ones.” The sitcom marked the comedian’s return to a TV series, but was ultimately cancelled after one season. Though Dawber and Williams had remained friends and kept in touch over the years, they had not been on the small screen together since “Mork & Mindy” ended in 1982. Decades later, she expressed regret for the amount of time that had passed since they’d performed together. Dawber told Zap2it:
“I had not seen him in so long, he was like a distant memory… and I felt really bad about that. I love Robin on a very deep level. He and are just connected…”
After the Mork & Mindy years, Dawber took on acting roles only sporadically, preferring to spend more time with her family, including husband Mark Harmon (of “NCIS” fame). The couple has two sons.
About her experience on “The Crazy Ones,” Dawber said:
“I was really surprised at myself. It was like slipping on a wonderful old shoe, just to be with Robin in that situation.”
In addition to Dawber, the hour-long tribute will also include remembrances from Henry Winkler. Fans of both “Mork & Mindy” and “Happy Days” will no doubt remember when Mork and Fonzie met in a showdown between alien powers and earthly cool. Additional interviews will feature fellow comedians Yakov Smirnoff and Louie Anderson as well as other stars including Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Stiller, and Penny Marshall, to name just a few.
Are you going to watch the PBS special? If so, what would you like to hear Pam Dawber share about Robin Williams? Do you think she’ll discuss subjects like his struggles with depression and the revelation that he was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease?
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