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Before They Were Stars: Robin Williams as a Male Escort on “America 2-Night”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_9lUu6Cj1s I’m sure we’re all still reeling about the tragic, shocking death of Robin Williams yesterday, so it’s best to remember the hilarious moments he brought us. I’ve posted a lot of “Before They Were Stars” footage of Robin Williams … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Robin Williams Performs Stand-Up on HBO in 1977

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH7crqRvhhc I can’t be sure, but I believe this may be Robin Williams’ first stand-up comedy performance on television as just before hitting it big on┬áMork & Mindy, he made this appearance on an HBO special in 1977. Did I … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Robin Williams on “The Richard Pryor Show”

I’ve already covered Robin Williams twice on “Before They Were Stars” (in a phone commercial and a terrible movie called Can I Do It Till I Need Glasses?), but since it’s his 60th birthday today, I thought I’d unearth some … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Robin Williams in a Phone Commercial

Here’s another clip Gill sent my way, a 1977 commercial for Illinois Bell featuring an unknown Robin Williams. In this ad, he goes phone shopping with his wife, but when you let Robin Williams loose in a phone store, you … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Robin Williams in “Can I Do It Till I Need Glasses?”

It’s very common for a lousy movie that features an early performance from a future big-name star to prominently feature the star’s face on the cover art when it’s re-released on video, even if their part in the film isn’t … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Vin Diesel as an Extra in “Awakenings”

You might remember the 1990 Academy Award-nominated drama, Awakenings, starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. If you watch the film, be sure you don’t blink during this particular scene or you’ll miss an aspiring young actor named Vin Diesel … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Michael Richards on “Faerie Tale Theatre”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSuBOpWtlCY Faerie Tale Theatre was a children’s anthology TV series which aired during the 1980s and featured live-action adaptations of fairy tales starring big-name actors. The first episode was “Tale of the Frog Prince” which was written and directed by … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: 12-Year Old Jake Gyllenhaal on “Homicide: Life on the Street”

Jake Gyllenhaal just happens to be the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and spent his childhood making the odd acting appearance in his father’s work. At the age of 12, Jake made a guest appearance on the acclaimed second season … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: David Letterman on “Mork & Mindy”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFavsfq3wjo David Letterman used to show this clip all the time on his show, so it’s about time I posted it here. In 1979, when he was still an up-and-coming comedy writer and performer, Letterman made a rare acting appearance … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Jamie Kennedy as an Extra in “Dead Poets Society”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOENu0fK0uM Dead Poets Society is known for helping jump-start the careers of Ethan Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard, but it also featured the very first role for someone you wouldn’t expect: 19-year old Jamie Kennedy, who had an uncredited turn … Continue reading

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