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Happy 60th Birthday Robin Williams!

July 21st, 2011 8:47am EDT
Robin Williams
Robin Williams has joked his way to a milestone age - the funnyman turns the big 6-0 on Thursday.

He rose to fame playing an oddball alien in TV's Mork & Mindy and went on to take the movie industry by storm, all while juggling a successful stand-up career.

With a number of awards under his belt and a string of high-profile roles in films including "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Good Will Hunting," Williams has cemented his place as one of Hollywood's most hilarious - and hairiest - men.

To celebrate his 60 years, WENN has compiled 10 fascinating facts about the star:

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Robin Williams Was Never Told 'Mork & Mindy' Was Canceled

November 27th, 2009 12:00pm EST
Robin Williams
Comedian Robin Williams refuses to get complacent about his Hollywood success - because he will never forget the moment he found out his TV show Mork & Mindy had been scrapped.

The funnyman landed his big break in the late 1970s playing the alien Mork in the sitcom opposite actress Pam Dawber.

Bosses at U.S. TV network ABC, which aired the series, canceled the program in 1982 - but no one told Williams, and he was devastated when he read about his show's demise in trade paper Daily Variety.

He tells People magazine, "I found out the show was canceled by reading it in Variety. In...
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Actors Who Have Transitioned From TV To Film

August 25th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Jennifer Garner
For some actors, it is hard to make the crucial transition into film as a television star. Especially if you are typecast as a certain character and most people can't think of you as anyone else (for example, Matt LeBlanc as Joey on Friends). Television actors put their careers on the line when they leave their steady jobs to branch out into the film world, and they either make it or they don't. Here are the top television stars who managed to hold their own in the film world.

Will Smith- Before he was one of the top A-list movie stars, Will Smith was known as the Banks' troublemaking co...
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'Monk' Psychiatrist Stanley Kamel Dies

April 10th, 2008 12:06pm EDT
Monk
Actor Stanley Kamel has been found dead of a suspected heart attack. The 65-year-old was reportedly discovered by his longtime agents in his Hollywood Hills home on Tuesday afternoon. Los Angeles emergency services responded to a 911 call made at Kamel's home shortly before 4 p.m.

Kamel is best known for starring in numerous TV shows like The West Wing, Six Feet Under and Beverly Hills, 90210. In recent years he became known as eccentric detective Adrian Monk's psychiatrist in hit show Monk.

In a statement from the USA network, which airs Monk, executives say: "USA is deeply sad...
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Out Of This World: Top Alien-Centric TV Shows

March 18th, 2008 2:33pm EDT
Farscape
TV has often succeeded with shows that focus on the fish out of water. Whether it's an awkward youth in high school or a maverick attorney/police officer, nothing provides the character depth that new circumstances and surroundings can provide.

In some cases a character's defining trait might be minor (a hair color or accent), but in other situations it becomes more important - like, perhaps, being from another world.

Not counting sci-fi heavyweights such as Star Trek and The X-Files, the following shows provide a rich tapestry of different cultures and societies. That's right, ...
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New TV On DVD, Nov. 27

November 27th, 2007 8:00am EST
The OC
The O.C. never takes itself too seriously. Always retaining a sense of humor and self-parodying element, the show displays a keen understanding of its place within pop culture. The “Complete Series Collection” captures every episode from the four seasons of the show. Also on DVD: season three of Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy.
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 18

October 18th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Chuck Berry
Happy Birthday to jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (1944), Belgian martial arts actor Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960), Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova (1956), Indian actor Om Puri (1950), Mork & Mindy actress Pam Dawber (1951), novelist Terry McMillan (1951), Lord of the Rings composer Howard Shore (1946), football player/coach Mike Ditka (1939), Everybody Loves Raymond actor Peter Boyle (1935), Patton portrayer George C. Scott (1927; d. 1999), German actor Klaus Kinski (1926; d. 1991), and rock 'n' roller Chuck Berry (1926).
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New TV on DVD, April 17

April 17th, 2007 8:00am EDT
The George Lopez Show
In The George Lopez Show, George is an employee at a large airplane-parts factory who is promoted to manager and finds himself in the untenable position of ordering around his old pals -- not to mention his own mother, and fellow employee, the indomitable and insufferable Benny Lopez. Seasons one and two are now on DVD. Also on DVD: season six of Murder, She Wrote and season two of Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy.
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 18

October 18th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Chuck Berry
Happy Birthday to jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (1944), Belgian martial arts actor Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960), Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova (1956), Indian actor Om Puri (1950), Mork & Mindy actress Pam Dawber (1951), author Terry McMillan (1951), Lord of the Rings composer Howard Shore (1946), football player/coach Mike Ditka (1939), Everybody Loves Raymond actor Peter Boyle (1935), Patton portrayer George C. Scott (1927; d. 1999), German actor Klaus Kinski (1926; d. 1991), and rock 'n' roller Chuck Berry (1926).
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No More Nanu Nanu for Robin Williams

August 7th, 2006 9:57am EDT
Robin Williams
Robin Williams has hit back at reports he's planning to reprise his beloved alien character Mork for a new movie, insisting he's not interested in the project. Williams' Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber recently revealed there were plans to turn the hit TV series into a film, insisting the actor was keen to get going with the movie.

In one recent interview she said, "Robin and I were speaking at a function, and he's the one who said he'd love to do a Mork movie sometime - and what's great about Robin is that he wouldn't even consider doing it if the original cast didn't return.

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'Mork & Mindy' To Hit The Big Screen?

June 6th, 2006 8:19am EDT
Robin Williams
Robin Williams and Pam Dawber are reportedly in negotiations to revive their Mork & Mindy TV characters for a new movie. Dawber, who played homely Mindy McConnell to Williams' alien Mork in the hit TV sitcom, has revealed that the star has been keen to revisit the project for many years but never found the time to commit. But now Cinescape.com reports the film version of "Mork & Mindy" is a go.

Dawber says, "Robin and I were speaking at a function, and he's the one who said he'd love to do a Mork movie sometime - and what's great about Robin is that [he] wouldn't even consider doing i...
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Prism Awards Honor 'Walk the Line,' 'Without a Trace' & More for Accurately Depicting Drug Abuse

April 28th, 2006 3:19pm EDT
Walk the Line
Walk the Line took top honors at the 10th annual Prism Awards on Thursday. The awards were presented by the Entertainment Industries Council in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Health for works the groups believe do the best job of accurately portraying drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse.

Walk the Line, about Johnny Cash's music career, won for best drama. Neal Baer, the executive producer of the TV drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, won a leadership and inspiration award. Brad Paisley's hit song "...
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