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'Meaningful' tribute planned for Robin Williams at August 25 Emmy Awards

Robin Williams to receive meaningful tribute at Emmy Awards
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The producer of this month's Emmy Awards says Robin Williams will receive a "meaningful" remembrance during the ceremony. Producer Don Mischer said plans for the ceremony's traditional "in memoriam" sequence are under discussion.

Mischer said in a statement Thursday that Emmy organizers are still coming to terms with Williams' death, but they intend to give him the tribute he deserves.

Williams was found dead Monday in his home in Northern California's Marin County.

Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, said Thursday that Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he died. He was also struggling with depression and anxiety. Hes was a substance abuser during much of his career.

Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 21, 1951. When he was in seventh grade in the fall of 1963, his father was transferred to Detroit. The family moved to a 40-room farm house in suburban Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he was a student at the private Detroit Country Day School

After rising to fame as Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978–82), Williams went on to establish a career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting.

His film career included such films as Popeye (1980), The World According to Garp (1982), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). He appeared in the video "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin.

Williams was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which shared its Golden Globe spoils with 50 charitable organizations at a starry dinner Thursday night, altered its planned program to include a tribute to Williams, recognizing his five Golden Globe wins and decades of philanthropy.

The Emmy Awards will be broadcast Aug. 25 on NBC.