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As we mourn the loss of Robin Williams, a man who has brought laughter into our lives for so many years and in so many ways, it is only natural that we think back to that one character he has portrayed that, above all others, certified to us his comedic genius and sealed our membership in a lifetime fan club, the magnitude of which we are only seeing now, as we share our feelings of great loss.
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For me, the pinnacle in the vast body of work with which Williams entertained us came at the very beginning of his career, when he portrayed a sweet, rather quirky and quite funny alien named Mork, who arrived on Earth in an egg-shaped spacecraft and befriended a beautiful, young woman who let him live in her attic as he observed and learned about human nature and telepathically reported his findings back to his home planet, Ork.
Yes, he was Mork from Ork. Mork and Mindy aired on ABC for four seasons, from 1978 to 1982 and viewers watched in amazement as this young, unknown comedian filled their hearts and their homes with laughter and delight.
Here are 10 of the countless Mork moments that will make you smile.