TV icon and seven-time Emmy champ Mary Tyler Moore, funny men Jerry Lewis and Don Rickles, and the original “Batman” Adam West were among those icons who died in the last year to be remembered during the “In Memoriam” montage on the Emmy Awards on Sept. 17.
Viola Davis introduced the moving tribute by speaking fondly of those who had passed but left behind a legacy of entertainment. “From a rhinestone cowboy to a king of comedy, we also said goodbye to the people who created the shows we loved.”
With “Hamilton” star Christopher Jackson then singing a soaring version of Stevie Wonder‘s “As” as accompaniment, the Emmys remembrance reel featured photos and video of such long-time TV favorites as Florence Henderson (“The Brady Bunch”), Martin Landau (“Mission: Impossible”), Agnes Nixon (“All My Children” creator), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”), Mike Connors (“Mannix”) as well as one-time NBC chairman Grant Tinker.
The montage also honored those with ties to television who were best known for achievements in other areas. Among these: Glenn Campbell, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, John Heard, and John Hurt.