Billy Crystal remembers Robin Williams at Emmys

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Billy Crystal's Tribute To Robin Williams At The 2014 Emmys

BY JAKE COYLE

Billy Crystal, left speechless by Robin Williams' death, paid tribute to his great friend and comedy brother at the Emmy Awards, movingly remembering him as "the greatest friend you could ever imagine."

Following the Emmys' in memoriam segment Monday night, Crystal appeared on stage at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre to honor Williams, who was found dead in his Northern California home on Aug. 11. A luminous image of the late comedian hovered overhead.

"He made us laugh, big time," said Crystal.

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

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Actor Robin Williams, left, shares a light moment with fellow actor Billy Crystal prior to the 18th annual American Museum of the Moving Image benefit in New York Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003. The museum honored Crystal for propelling the medium of the moving image and having a profound effect on the industry. (AP Photo/Shawn Baldwin)
Billy Crystal speaks during an In Memoriam tribute to Robin Williams at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Billy Crystal speaks during an In Memoriam tribute to Robin Williams at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Actor Robin Williams, left, shares a light moment with fellow actor Billy Crystal prior to the 18th annual American Museum of the Moving Image benefit in New York Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003. The museum honored Crystal for propelling the medium of the moving image and having a profound effect on the industry. (AP Photo/Shawn Baldwin)
Cast member Robin Williams, right, and Billy Crystal pose together at the premiere of "World's Greatest Dad" in Los Angeles on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
From left, actors Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal arrive for The Face of Tisch Gala to benefit New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Robin Williams and Billy Crystal auction off a guitar autographed by the Eagles at the 12th Annual Starkey Hearing Foundation "So The World May Hear" Gala on Saturday, August 4, 2012 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Starkey Hearing Foundation)
Robin Williams and Billy Crystal auction off a guitar autographed by the Eagles at the 12th Annual Starkey Hearing Foundation "So The World May Hear" Gala on Saturday, August 4, 2012 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Starkey Hearing Foundation)
Oscar host Billy Crystal, center, and presenter Robin Williams, right, joke around after a writers' meeting for the 76th annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Actor and comedian Billy Crystal, left, embraces fellow comic Robin Williams prior to the New York Friars Club celebrity luncheon honoring Crystal in New York, Sept. 18, 1992. Williams was one of many guests that were invited to participate in the event featuring Rob Reiner as roastmaster. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Producer and director Ivan Reitman, center wearing a tie, is honored with the 2,091 star on the the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on the Hollywood Boulevard, Monday, May 5, 1997 in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. From left, actors Nastassja Kinski, Billy Crystal, and Robin Williams, right, participate in the event. Reitman's films as producer and director include "Space Jam", "Private Parts", "National Lampoon's Animal House", "Beethoven", "Meatballs", "Stripes", "Ghostbusters" and its sequel, "Twins," "Kindergarten Cop" and "Junior". ( AP Photo/ Damian Dovarganes)
Actors Robin Williams, left, and Billy Crystal, right, joke around for photographers as they arrive at Mann's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles for the premiere of "Father's Day" Tuesday, May 6, 1997. (AP Photo/Susan Sterner)
Actor and comedian Robin Williams arrives at the Broadhurst Theater in Times Square for the opening of Billy Crystal's new show titled 700 Sundays, New York, Sunday, Dec 5, 2004. The play, which was created and is performed by Crystal, marks his Broadway debut. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
Billy Crystal, left, Robin Williams, and Whoopi Goldberg sing "When The Saints Go Marching In" at the end of the tenth annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at which Crystal was the honoree, at The Kennedy Center stage in Washington, on Thursday Oct. 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Billy Crystal speaks during an In Memoriam tribute to Robin Williams at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: (L-R) Billy Crystal, Bobcat Goldthwait and Robin Williams arrive to the Los Angeles premiere of 'World's Greatest Dad' held at the Landmark Theater on August 13, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Billy Crystal speaks during an In Memoriam tribute to Robin Williams at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Billy Crystal and Robin Williams during 'License To Wed' Los Angeles Premiere - After Party in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Robin Williams and Billy Crystal auction off a guitar autographed by the Eagles at the 12th Annual Starkey Hearing Foundation "So The World May Hear" Gala on Saturday, August 4, 2012 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Starkey Hearing Foundation)
Actors Robin Williams and Billy Crystal enjoy themselves while taping a promotional TV spot for FOX Sports before the San Francisco Giants 13-inning 6-5 defeat of the New York Yankees at AT&T Park June 23, 2007 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by John Medina/WireImage)
Robin Williams, Chris Albrecht and Billy Crystal during HBO & AEG Live's The Comedy Festival - 2nd Annual Comedy Cares Celebrity Poker Tournament - Inside at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Robin Williams and Billy Crystal during HBO & AEG Live's The Comedy Festival - 2nd Annual Comedy Cares Celebrity Poker Tournament - Inside at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 23: Actors Robin Williams (L) and Billy Crystal pose at the afterparty for the premiere of Columbia Picture's 'RV' on April 23, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 23: Actors Robin Williams (L) and Billy Crystal pose at the afterparty for the premiere of Columbia Picture's 'RV' on April 23, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Robin Williams and Billy Crystal during Kevin Spacey Announces The Launch of The New Triggerstreet.com and Their Latest Venture With Budweiser Select at Social Hollywood in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Robin Williams and Billy Crystal during 3rd Annual Tribeca Film Festival - 'House of D' Premiere at Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
Billy Crystal speaks during an In Memoriam tribute to Robin Williams at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 07: Funnymen Robin Williams (left) and Billy Crystal get together before a Tribeca Film Festival screening of 'House of D' at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on West St. Williams stars in the movie, which makes its world premiere at the festival. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Robin Williams and Billy Crystal during American Museum of the Moving Image Salutes Billy Crystal at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 12: Robin Williams gives Billy Crystal a peck on the cheek at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel where Crystal was honored by the American Museum of the Moving Image. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Billy Crystal and Robin Williams during The American Museum of the Moving Image Salute to Billy Crystal at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City, United States. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic)
Robin Williams and Billy Crystal during American Museum of the Moving Image Salutes Billy Crystal at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
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But Crystal found touching words to remember Williams on Monday, recalling family gatherings, ballgames 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 gonna do OK," said Crystal of the famously frenetic stand-up.
Though he spent most of his career in stand-up and in movies, Williams' early break came on television as the extraterrestrial Mork in "Mork & Mindy." He was nominated for an Emmy in 1979 for the show, as well as for various comedy specials and dramatic guest spots on shows like "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Homicide: Life on the Street." He won two Emmys in the 1980s for variety specials.

One of Williams' last credits was the CBS sitcom "The Crazy Ones," which was canceled in May after one season.

"It's very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives," said Crystal. "For almost 40 years, he was the brightest star in our comedy galaxy. The brilliance was astounding, the relentless energy was thrilling."

Williams was in the thoughts of many Monday night. Louis C.K., who won for comedy series writing for his FX series "Louie," said Williams wrote to him after the show started and invited him over to his house.

"We became close," said C.K. "He was a big influence on me as a person and comedically."

Crystal concluded his remembrance by saying Williams' bright spirit would eternally glow: "And you'll think to yourself: Robin Williams, what a concept."

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