It's good to be reminded of the silly side of
The museum on Tuesday installed the work by Michael Dressler under the words "In Memorium." Williams died Monday at his home in Tiburon, Calif., of an apparent suicide. He was 63.
The portrait shows Williams at 27 years old, after the success of his "Mork & Mindy" TV show. It captures his different sides: the funnyman mugging for the camera, and a sweet, more thoughtful pose that appears on a small TV he holds in his hands.
"It was just as he made his breakthrough from stand-up to TV and then movies," David Ward, senior historian at the gallery, says in an article on Smithsonian.com.
Among his many films, Williams appeared as Teddy Roosevelt in
The portrait is on display in the museum's first-floor gallery, and fans have already come by to pay their respects. It will be on display through