“Robin Williams was an actor. That was his calling, and that was his gift. Williams trained in the theater, and attended Juilliard, where he honed his knack for impressions and pretense. But because Williams could invent faster than any writer could write, very early in his career he took his talents to the stand-up circuit, where for however long his set lasted—ten minutes, an hour, more—Williams would turn his own life into an uncommonly complex act of theater. Williams would speak honestly about his relationships, his addictions, his desires, and his perspective on society, culture, and politics. The observations rarely changed much. What changed was the way Williams illustrated them: through characters, references, and riffs that he improvised, inspired by the moment.” [Read more…]
ETA: The Dissolve staff pays tribute to our favorite Williams performances, from Aladdin to World’s Greatest Dad.