Robin Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, died August 11, 2014, at age 63. Williams suffered from dementia caused by Lewy body disease and died by suicide.
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On what would be Williams’ 70th birthday, here’s a look back at some memorable moments from his life and career:
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Comedian Robin Williams, dressed in his Moscow University t-shirt, poses as “Joey Stalin” in Los Angeles, CA., on June 3, 1977. Williams was spotted by producer George Schlatter during his performance at LA’s Comedy Store and signed him for appearing in all six “Laugh-In” specials on NBC television. (AP photo)
Linda Lavin, left, star of the TV series “Alice”, and Robin Williams, Mork of the series “Mork & Mindy, pose with their awards at the 36th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, California, January 28, 1979. Both Lavin as Williams were named Best Actor in Television Comedy Awards sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Actor Richard Hatch is on the far right (AP Photo/Mao)
Robin Williams, left, and Pam Dawber, of ABC’s TV show “Mork & Mindy” at the Fifth Annual People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California, March 8, 1979. Both Williams and Dawber won the Male and Female Artist Favorite awards in a new TV program. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Robin Williams – “Mork” – gives his patented naive expression for an alien to the delight of Pam Dawber – “Mindy” – both from the TV series “Mork and Mindy”, at the fifth annual People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles, March 8, 1979 – Williams and Dawber are named Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Female Artist on a new TV show. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Actor and comedian Robin Williams, right, with his wife Valerie Velardi, clowns with a camera in Los Angeles, California, August 14, 1979. (AP photo)
This November 12, 1979 file photo shows actor-comedian Robin Williams, third from right, dressed as a cheerleader with the Broncos’ Pony Express cheerleaders while filming an episode of “Mork & Mindy,” in Denver. (AP Photo/File)
Robin Williams bursts out laughing as he and his wife, Valerie Velardi, rush to Mann’s Bruin Theater for the world premiere of new movie “The World According to Garp,” in Los Angeles, California, July 14, 1982. The Warner In Production of Brothers, Williams plays the role of TS Garp. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Comedian Robin Williams prepares to leave the Los Angeles County Court building after he appeared to testify before a grand jury investigating the death of fellow comedian John Belushi from an overdose, Sept. 30, 1982. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
Robin Williams, center, takes time out for rehearsal on NBC’s Saturday Night Live with cast members Eddie Murphy, left, and Joe Piscopo, Feb. 10, 1984. Williams will appear as a guest host on the show. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
Actor Robin Williams, left, plays a harmonica while singer Paul Simon plays guitar on the set of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” in New York City, Nov. 21, 1986. The two performers rehearse for next Saturday’s show, which they will co-host . (AP Photo/G. Paul Burnett)
Whoopi Goldberg reacts as Robin Williams lifts her hair while appearing on the “Donahue Show” with Billy Crystal, left, in New York City, May 9, 1990. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
Comedians Richard Pryor, left, and Robin Williams laugh together in the New York Friar’s club in a photo on Friday, Sept. 27, 1991. (AP Photo/Andrew Savulich, file)
Actor and comedian Billy Crystal, left, embraces fellow comedian Robin Williams prior to the New York Friars Club luncheon in honor of Crystal in New York, September 18, 1992. Williams was one of several guests invited to participate in the event with Rob Reiner as roast master. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Actor Robin Williams raises his arms after tugging at Saudi Arabia’s ball during the World Cup final draw ceremony in Las Vegas, December 19, 1993. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Actor and comedian Robin Williams and his wife Marsha Garces arrive at the 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 22, 1994. Williams won the Best Actor in a Musical and Comedy Film for “Mrs. Doubtfire’. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Robin Williams, star of the new movie “Patch Adams,” signs autographs for young fans, Thursday, December 17, 1998, at the film’s premiere in Universal City, California. The film is based on the true story of a medical student who puts his career on the line by defying the medical profession with his unwavering belief that laughter is contagious. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
American actor Robin Williams, center, jokes with American soldiers as he poses for a photo at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 17, 2002. Williams entertained American soldiers with the 18th Airborne Corps and the 82nd Airborne, both from Ft . . Bragg, NC, as well as reservists and the National Guard. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
This February 28, 2004 file photo shows Oscar host Billy Crystal, center, and host Robin Williams, right, joking after a writers meeting for the 76th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
Comedian and actor Robin Williams appears on MTV’s Total Request Live, Thursday, April 27, 2006, at MTV studios in New York City. Williams stars in Columbia Picture’s new movie “RV” starring JoJo, Jeff Daniels and Kristin Chenoweth. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
This November 18, 2006 file photo shows comedians Robin Williams, from left, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal posing after hosting “Comic Relief” at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. (AP Photo/Keith Shimada, File)
Actor David Duchovny, right, talks to fellow actor Robin Williams as Williams arrives to join the picket line, along with Duchovny and others during the fourth day of a strike by television and film writers, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007 in the Time Warner Center in New York. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
Robin Williams performs at the “Idol Gives Back” fundraising special of “American Idol” in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 6, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
This December 15, 2010, photo released by the U.S. Department of Defense shows actor-comedian Robin Williams, right, with U.S. Army Major General John F. Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East commander, before the annual USO Vacation Tour at Bagram Air Field, in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/US Department of Defense Staff Sgt. Michael Sparks)
In this April 28, 2012 file photo, Robin Williams appears on stage at the 2012 Comedy Awards in New York. A California lawmaker plans to pass a resolution to rename a tunnel north of the Golden Gate Bridge after the late comedian. The Waldo Tunnel is located in Marin County, where Williams grew up and lived before dying by suicide at his home there in August 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)
FILE – In this April 28, 2013 file photo, Robin Williams, right, and his wife Susan Schneider Williams arrive at the 2012 Comedy Awards in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
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