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Billy Crystal Remembers Robin Williams In Touching Emmys Tribute

Billy Crystal remembered longtime friend Robin Williams in a touching tribute at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday night.

"He made us laugh, hard, every time you saw him, on television, movies, nightclubs, arenas, hospitals, homeless shelters, for our troops overseas and even in a dying girl's living room for her last wish," Crystal said.

"He made us laugh, big time. I spent many happy hours with Robin on stage. I mean the brilliance was astounding. The relentless energy was thrilling."

"I used to think if I could put a saddle on him and stay on him for eight seconds, I was gonna do OK."

Crystal recounted several anecdotes about his departed friend, including the late star's lack of knowledge about baseball and how he would relate to Crystal's immigrant relatives like he "was one of them."

"As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could ever imagine supportive, protective, loving," Crystal said.

"It's very hard to talk about him in the past because he is so present in all of our lives. He was the brightest star in our comic galaxy."

Williams was found dead in his home August 11 at the age of 63. His ashes were scattered in the San Francisco Bay two weeks ago at a private funeral with family and friends.

Crystal concluded his remarks by saying Williams' spirit would remain forever: "And you'll think to yourself: Robin Williams, what a concept."

August 26, 2014 |

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