Robin Williams will be honored Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 9 pm ET when PBS premieres a one-hour tribute titled Robin Williams Remembered – A Pioneers of Television Special. The special will include Robin Williams’ last full-length television interview, “including never-before-seen footage of his comments on life and work, tributes by those who knew and worked with him closely in all phases of his career, and clips from iconic moments throughout his career,” according to PBS. “Williams shares stories about his first stand-up act, his desire to be a serious dramatic actor and his tireless efforts to entertain U.S. troops overseas.”
New interviews by filmmakers Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein with the likes of Henry Winkler (who co-starred with Williams on Happy Days) and comedians Louie Anderson, Paul Rodriguez, Rick Overton, Blake Clark and Pauly Shore. Will also be featured. Robin Williams Remembered will also feature interviews with Penny Marshall, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Stiller, Jimmie Walker and late comedian Jonathan Winters. Robin Williams’ Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber will also be interviewed.
“We were fortunate to sit down with Robin Williams quite recently for the Pioneers of Television series,” said executive producer Boettcher. “We wanted to share with PBS viewers the Robin that we saw – the very unassuming, caring, genuine and gentle man who took his acting seriously, but was able to make others laugh. We hope this special provides more insight to this incredible man, in his own words.”
Robin Williams committed suicide on Aug. 11 at the age of 63. The iconic comedian battled severe depression and alcoholism throughout his entire career. At the time Williams’ wife Susan Schneider released a statement saying, “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
You can watch a short preview of Robin Williams Remembered – A Pioneers of Television Special below.