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OWN to pay tribute to Robin Williams with throwback 'Oprah' episodes

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As the world continues to mourn the sudden death of Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey’s network will open up the “Oprah Winfrey Show” archives to pay tribute to the beloved actor. The OWN Network will honor Robin Williams this weekend by broadcasting two of his most memorable appearances on Winfrey’s long running daytime talk show, according to a report on Saturday from TV Guide.

The actor’s first appearance on the syndicated talk show will air on Sunday night. The 1988 episode features Williams sharing “deeply personal stories about filming ‘Good Morning, Vietnam,’ his early childhood and more," according to the network.

OWN will also air Williams' 1991 Oprah show appearance in which he candidly discussed everything from “drug abuse, what being married to him is like, fatherhood, working on the feature films ‘The Fisher King’ and ‘Dead Poet's Society,’ his creative inspiration and his thoughts on aging."

Williams appeared on Oprah’s talk show a whopping 14 times over the course of his career, and the media mogul clearly has fond memories of the time she spent with the actor. After his death last week, Winfrey took to Twitter to post: “Just watched BIRDCAGE and #LOLd a lot. Thank you Robin for all the great interviews. We had some doozies. #R.I.P.”

Tributes to the Oscar winning actor will likely become a TV staple over the next few weeks. In addition to OWN’s throwback offering, Disney plans to broadcast Williams’ 1992 animated hit “Aladdin” across several networks throughout the weekend. In fact, one of the most popular social media pictures running since Williams’ death is a movie still of his character, Genie, hugging Aladdin, so it’s only fitting that during the show’s Broadway run this week, the cast of the stage version of “Aladdin” also paid homage to Williams with a special in memoriam sing-along of the star’s iconic movie song "Friend Like Me,” according to E! News.

In addition to this weekend’s tributes, the 66th Primetime Emmys will also honor Williams with a special tribute, highlighting his enormous body of TV work including his roles on “Happy Days, “Mork and Mindy” and “The Crazy Ones.”

The Robin Williams episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will air Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7 and 8 p.m ET on OWN.

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