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Billy Crystal to commemorate late actor Robin Williams at Emmys

Published on Aug 21, 2014 3:53 AM
 
Hollywood director Ivan Reitman (centre) poses with Robin Williams (right) and Billy Crystal as they arrive for the premiere of their movie Father's Day at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood in this file picture taken May 6, 1997. Crystal and Williams remained friends until the latter's recent death from an apparent suicide at the age of 63. Crystal will pay tribute to Williams at television's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug 25, the show's organisers said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams at television's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, the show's organisers said on Wednesday.

Crystal, 66, who rose to fame in the 1970s comedy circuit that also thrust Williams into the spotlight, will commemorate Williams during the annual awards show's "In Memoriam" segment, which honours late actors who have influenced television.

Oscar-winning comedic virtuoso Williams, whose madcap style and dramatic versatility made him one of film and television's top stars, was found dead from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California last week. He was 63.

Crystal and Williams had starred together in the 1997 comedy Fathers' Day and remained friends. On the day of Williams' death, Crystal tweeted simply, "No words."

 
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