A look back at Robin Williams' side-splitting stand-up

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Robin Williams dead, age 63

As the world mourns the loss of the 63-year-old acting genius, we're taking a look back at some of his earlier work as a hilarious stand-up actor.

Before he was 'Mork' to Pam Dawber's 'Mindy,' before he went hunting for good will, and before we all felt empowered to Carpe that Diem, Williams was quite a force to be reckoned with.

As he rose to fame, he often returned to the stage, reminding us time and time again that he was a man who didn't need a supporting cast.

"An Evening With Robin Williams"

Live at the Roxy, 1978

Williams on the Home Box Office, 1977

Robin Williams at the Comic Strip, 1983

Weapons of Self Destruction: 2002

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A look back at Robin Williams' side-splitting stand-up
FILE - This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing to promote his film, "License To Wed" in Santa Monica, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff'€™s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff's office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
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I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.
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Robin was as sweet a man as he was funny. If you're sad, please tell someone.
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Just heard the news on @robinwilliams! What a talented individual so sorry! Once again we have lost an incredible talent! Prayers to family!
So sad about Robin Williams...😔
No! Robin Williams you were so loved.
"Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day, make your lives extraordinary...." RIP Robin Williams, you'll always be the captain of the Dead Poets Soc
I'm heartbroken. The great Robin Williams died this morning. His publicist tells us he battled severe depression recently. #RIP
Heart broken!!! #RIP Robin Williams!! Praying for your family on such a sad day. You've given so much joy to so many. Devastating we lost u
Can you think of anybody more full of life than Robin Williams!?!? So sad.
So profoundly broken hearted that @robinwilliams will never laugh again. How brilliant was he? Beyond description. #beyond sad
#RobinWilliams Can't believe I'm reporting his death right now on #CNN. #RIP
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Devastating finding out about @robinwilliams today. He was an amazing talent and incredibly sweet. So sad.
RIP mr Williams - beyond great talent -such a kind and lovely person
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Robin Williams being nice to a bunch of excited comedians http://t.co/BWj8JaSQ35
RIP sweet, amazing #robinwilliams. The world's greatest jester is now no doubt keeping God in stitches... you will always b a hero 2 me. Xo

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