Photographer Discovers 1974 Photos of Robin Williams as a Mime

It’s painful to write something about Robin Williams in the past tense. Arguably the best stand-up comedian that our generation has seen, Williams passed away in his home on August 11, 2014, leaving behind a legacy that will be hard to surpass. While fans mourn, obituaries get published, and movies which bear the stamp of Williams’s undoubtable genius fly off the racks, photographer Daniel Sorine must feel lucky to have photographed the icon before he was famous:

When we think of Williams we think of a man who could make you roll on the floor laughing from his brilliant comic timing, amazing improvisation skills, and abundant energy. This particular set of photos, however, shows Williams in an unfamiliar role. In 1974, Sorine photographed a couple of mimes performing in Central Park. Thirty-five years later, when he revisited the photos, he realized that he had photographed a then-unknown Robin Williams. From mime to stand-up to sitcom to movies, is there anything the man didn’t do?

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