Before Billy Crystal’s touching tribute to his friend Robin Williams, Sara Bareilles sang “Smile” as the Emmys honored other members of the television community that died in the past year.
As Bareilles crooned the song made famous by Nat King Cole, the show acknowledged the loss of television stars like Russell Johnson (The Professor on Gilligan’s Island), James Avery (Fresh Prince’s Uncle Phil), and Ann B. Davis (The Brady Bunch’s Alice). Marcia Wallace’s animated alter ego, Edna Krabappel, appeared alongside her The Bob Newhart Show character. Sid Caesar, Elaine Stritch, and James Garner were among the onscreen talents who were remembered alongside those who worked behind the camera. The segment even featured Don Pardo’s famous voice booming, “It’s Saturday Night Live.”