ONE LITTLE SPARK OF MADNESS: Robin Williams

You are only given
ONE little spark of madness.
You mustn't lose it.

— Robin Williams *

 ROBIN WILLIAMS UNDERSTOOD MADNESS LIKE NO ONE ELSE.

Perhaps the greatest improvisational actor of all time, Williams could instantly become someone else: a character or a person he just made up. The voice, manner, and humor were extraordinary.

He was beyond brilliant. His ad libs were often better than the work of Hollywood's best writers... and invariably became part of his films and shows.

The undisputed leader in the world of comedy for decades, he set the standards by which other comics were judged.

During his too-short life, Robin Williams's remarkable gift was not just to make us laugh.

Robin Williams brought us unforgettable moments of madness.

 

Carl Francis

CFrancis@Envisian.com

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* ROBIN WILLIAMS (1951-2014) WAS AN AMERICAN ACTOR AND COMEDIAN known worldwide for his brilliant improvisational skills. Starting as a stand-up comedian in the mid-1970s, he led San Francisco's comedy renaissance. After rising to fame as Mork in the sitcom Mork & Mindy, he established a career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting.

When his friend John Belushi suddenly died, Williams decided to quit drugs and alcohol. Said Williams: Was it a wake-up call? Oh yeah, on a huge level. The grand jury helped, too.

In 1998, Williams won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting. During his career, he also received two Primetime Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, four Grammy Awards, and was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2009.