BOULDER — Robin Williams made an ornate old house in Boulder famous as the place where Mork from Ork lived, and admirers gathered outside Monday to remember the comedian and actor who died earlier that day in an apparent suicide.
"I just came out to help memorialize our city's most famous fictitious resident," said U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado, who recalled watching the "Mork & Mindy" TV show at age 6 or 7 while growing up in Boulder.
Williams played Mork, an alien from the planet Ork, in the hit series from the late 1970s. In one episode, Mork joined the Denver Broncos cheerleaders, decked out in a miniskirt, halter top and white boots.
A two-story house on Boulder's Pine Street was depicted as Mork's home.
Fans came and went throughout the evening, leaving flowers, signs and a few candles along a white picket fence in front of the small, flowery yard. No one answered a knock on the door.
"It's exciting to be able to celebrate his life here in Boulder, where as a traveler from outer space he helped put our town on the map," Polis said. "And now he's returned to outer space."
Boulder native Carrie Walker, 37, was too young to see the show when it first ran in the 1970s but has watched it in reruns.
"This is always where you take your friends when they come to Boulder, the famous 'Mork & Mindy' house," said Walker, who went to the house when she heard the news of Williams' death.
Mork is still a popular Halloween costume in Boulder. Walker said her husband dressed up as Mork last year.
Longtime Boulder resident Rosalie Vigil said she too takes people to see the house.
"This is cool, to be able to be here and pay our respects right here in Colorado," said Vigil, 67.
Williams' ability to play a broad range of characters helped him connect with people, she said.
"He really reached out to so many people, so many different kinds of people," she said. "He was sincere, but he was living with demons inside."
Elliott reported from Denver.