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Friday 20 April 2018

Tributes paid at Emmys for 'brightest star in comedy galaxy' Williams

Billy Crystal pays tribute to Robin Williams
Billy Crystal pays tribute to Robin Williams

Jake Coyle

Billy Crystal paid tribute to his pal and comedy brother Robin Williams at the Emmy Awards - movingly remembering him as "the greatest friend you could ever imagine".

Following the ceremony's in memoriam segment, Crystal appeared on stage at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles to honour Williams, who was found hanged in his Northern California home on August 11. A luminous image of the late comedian hovered overhead.

After Williams's apparent suicide, Crystal simply wrote on Twitter of his long-time friend and Comic Relief co-host: "No words."

But at the Emmys he recalled family gatherings, ball games and nights on stage together. "I used to think if I could put a saddle on him and stay on him for eight seconds, I was going to do OK," said Crystal.

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

Among the award winners, Modern Family won a record-tying fifth best comedy series Emmy and a dominant Breaking Bad captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honours.

Bryan Cranston was named best actor for Breaking Bad, while The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies won the Emmy for best lead actress in a drama series. Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock: His Last Vow was the winner of the best mini-series actor award.

Irish Independent

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