ROBIN in Good Morning Vietnam Where He Turned in
A BRILLAINT TOUR De FOCE PERFORMANCE
A Chicago native, Williams spent time at Juilliard, where he was briefly classmates with Christopher Reeve.
After an appearance on NBC’s Richard Pryor Show, he got his big break, playing the wacky alien Mork in what was supposed to be a one-off guest role on ABC’s Happy Days. “We started rehearsing and I realized that I was in the presence of greatness,” star Henry Winkler recalled on CNN Monday night. “No matter what you said to him, no matter what line you gave to him, he took it in he processed it and it flew out of his mouth never the same way twice and it was incredibly funny every time.”
The character proved so popular that he commanded his own spinoff. Mork & Mindy, costarring Pam Dawber and Jonathan Winters, became a phenomenon, spiking sales of rainbow-colored suspenders and adding “nanu-nanu” and “shazbot” to the lexicon. The sitcom ran from 1978 to 1982. “I am completely and totally devastated,” Dawber said in a statement Monday afternoon. “What more can be said?!”
Robin Williams With Bruno Kirby
In GOOD MORNING VIETNAM
A MASTERPIECE MOVIE With a GENUIS PERFORMANCE
by ROBIN in The LED ROOL as a POPULAR AIR FORCE DJ
For ARMED FORCES RADIO in SAIGON During The VIETNAM WAR
ROBIN As Well as The TALENTED BRUNO KIRBY & FOREST WHITAKER
All Turn in BREAT PERFORMANCES
Sadly Bruno Passed Away in 2005 at Age 57 (Leukemia)
Williams made the leap to film with a string of wildly successful movies, showcasing a range beyond the motor-mouthed improvisation he built his standup career on: The World According to Garp, Moscow on the Hudson, Awakenings, The Birdcage, Mrs. Doubtfire, Patch Adams, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and Insomnia. He carved out a rich career as a voice-over actor in such animated features as Aladdin, Happy Feet, Robots, and FernGully.
He earned Oscar nods for Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, and Good Morning, Vietnam, before finally capturing the elusive statuette by upstaging Matt Damon and Ben Affleck with a touching supporting role in Good Will Hunting.
Among the films he completed before his death were May’s The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, with Peter Dinklage and Mila Kunis, and the upcoming Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, where he reprised his role of Teddy Roosevelt in the Ben Stiller-led franchise. The latter is slated to open in December.
Despite being one of Hollywood’s most bankable movie stars, Williams never forgot his TV roots. Through the years he fronted several standup concerts and joined with Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal to launch the Comic Relief television specials. Williams also made memorable appearances on Friends, Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order: SVU, and The Larry Sanders Show.
He returned to television in last season’s CBS comedy series The Crazy Ones opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar. The show was canceled in May.
In addition to his Academy Award, Williams won two Emmys, five Grammys and six Golden Globes (including the career-capping Cecil B. DeMille Award). He also won the admiration of generations of top comedic talent.
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