Monday, August 11, 2014

Robin Williams

PERSONAL NOTE: This was one of my comedy heroes. I used to run over to Paramount Studios after school to watch dress rehearsals of Mork & Mindy. He was amazing. I once asked him about going in to acting and he said that "I'd be better off selling vibrators door to door". 




You're only given A little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) 


The news just broke a few minutes ago that Oscar-winning actor and stand-up comedian Robin Williams died earlier today at 63 of an apparent suicide, the Marin County Sheriff's Office confirmed. 



Robin Williams rose to fame with his role as the alien Mork from Ork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978-1982), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. His film career included such acclaimed films as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye (1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993),Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). 

Robin Williams Singing Blame Canada by farzaneh182
His role as the Genie in the animated film Aladdin (1992) was instrumental in establishing the importance of star power in voice actor casting.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997). He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.
In 1973, Williams was one of only 20 students accepted into the freshman class at the Juilliard School, and one of only two students to be accepted byJohn Houseman into the Advanced Program at the school that year, the other being Christopher Reeve. In his dialects class, Williams had no trouble mastering all dialects quickly. Williams left Juilliard in 1976.
After appearing in the cast of the short-lived The Richard Pryor Show and Laugh-In (1977) on NBC, Williams was cast by Garry Marshall as the alien Mork in the hit TV series Happy Days after impressing the producer with his quirky sense of humor when he sat on his head when asked to take a seat for the audition. As Mork, Williams improvised much of his dialogue and physical comedy, speaking in a high, nasal voice. Mork's appearance was so popular with viewers that it led to a spin-off hit television sitcom, Mork & Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982; the show was written to accommodate Williams' improvisations. Although he played the same character as in his appearance in Happy Days, the show was set in the present day, in Boulder, Colorado, instead of the late 1950s in Milwaukee. Mork was an extremely popular character, featured on posters, coloring books, lunchboxes, and other merchandise.


Starting in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, Williams began to reach a wider audience with his standup comedy, including three HBO comedy specials, Off The Wall (1978), An Evening with Robin Williams (1982), and Robin Williams: Live at the Met (1986). Also in 1986, Williams co-hosted the 58th Academy Awards.
WilliamsBilly Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg hosted Comic Relief non-profit charity organization whose mission is to raise funds to help those in need—particularly America's homelessThey along with many other comedians, celebrities, and occasional politicians perform various segments both general-purpose and specific to homelessness of standup comedysketch comedyspeecheslive music, and impressions of persons and characters all in order to entertain and enlighten. There are also documentary segments dealing with real-life problems of homeless people, in order to raise awareness of not only the grim realities but also how many hard-working "ordinary" people can wind up or grow up homeless. In exchange for contributions exceeding certain key amounts, T-shirtssweatshirts and other merchandise are typically for sale.
Williams, along with Billy Crystal, appeared in a cameo together at the beginning of an episode of the third season of Friends. Both Williams and Crystal's parts were not originally in the script. They were apparently in the building where the show was shooting and were asked to improvise their lines. 

Williams appeared on an episode of the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Season 3, Episode 9: November 16, 2000). During a game of "Scenes from a Hat", the scene "What Robin Williams is thinking right now" was drawn, and Williams stated "I have a career. What the hell am I doing here?" On December 4, 2010, he appeared with Robert De Niro on Saturday Night Live in the sketch What Up with That. In 2012, he guest starred as himself in two FX series, Louie and Wilfred.
In February 2013, the CBS network announced it had picked up a pilot episode for a David E. Kelley comedy called The Crazy Ones that stars Williams. The series was officially picked up on May 10, 2013. Williams plays Simon Roberts, a father who works with his daughter (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) in an advertising office. The series premiered in the Thursday 9/8c timeslot on September 26, 2013.


Robin Williams

In 2001 Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton asked Robin Williams, "If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?"
Robin Williams answered, "They're seating the other front. Or just to hear there's laughter... to hear God go "Two Jews walk into a bar"".

Good Night and Na-Nu Na-Nu

Oh Captain, My Captain


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Tony Figueroa
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