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Saturday, 29 August 2015

The A - Z Evolution of Robin Williams's Characters Illustrated

Here is the almost definitive list of fictional & factual characters as played by the late, great Robin Williams during the past 4 decades throughout his acting career, as illustrated in alphabetical order. I say almost because there are a few other characters I left out, simply because they were relatively much smaller roles.

The names in bold highlight a) the movie they were in that was hugely successful and/or b) were characters in projects that I have enjoyed watching. 

I still stand by what I said before about Robin being a character actor because that was the type of actor and performer he was: the vast array of personalities and characters in a range of mediums, particularly in film is truly something to behold. Beginning as a stand-up comedian and later transitioning to TV and film acting, Robin wasn't the performer who chose to stick with one style, but to experiment with and branch out towards other genres and forms of audio-visual entertainment, as well as play a huge diverse set of characters that hail from different backgrounds & circumstances and lend his voice-acting talents to numerous animated children's movies and cartoons through the work he undertook.  

*The 4 Faces of Robin Williams photo montage created by me

Whether that'll be comedy, drama, action-adventure, acting or voice-acting, Robin Williams can do it all, and he has shown how versatile and talented he was and is, and will always be. 

Adrian Cronauer (Good Morning Vietnam), Alan Parrish (Jumanji)Alan W. Hakman (The Final Cut), Andrew Martin (Bicentennial Man), Armand Goldman (The Birdcage)

Batty Koda (Ferngully), Bob Monro (RV)

Chris Nielsen (What Dreams May Come), Cozy Carlisle (Dr) (Dead Again)

Dale Putley (Fathers' Day)Dan Rayburn (Old Dogs), Daniel Hillard (Mrs Doubtfire), Donald Quinelle (The Survivors), Dwight D. Eisenhower (The Butler)

Eddy (Dr) (Wilfred) 

Father Monaghan (The Big Wedding), Fender (Robots)

Gabriel Noone (The Night Listener), Genie (Aladdin)

Hans Hankie (The Rutles 2), Hector (Being Human), Henry Altmann (The Angriest Man in Brooklyn), Henry Parry Sagen (The Fisher King), Hunter Patch Adams (Patch Adams)

Jack Dundee (The Best of Times), Jack Moniker (Club Paradise), Jack Powell (Jack), Jakob Heym (Jakob The Liar), Joey O' Brien (Cadillac Man), John Keating (Dead Poets Society)

King of the Moon (The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen), Kosevich (Dr) (Nine months)

Lance Clayton (World's Greatest Dad), Lawyer (can I do it till I need glasses), Leslie Zevo (Toys)

Little Lost Boy (Back to Neverland) 

Malcolm Sayer (Awakenings), Maxwell Wallace (August Rush), Mel (Deconstructing Harry), Mime class instructor (Shakes The Clown), Mitch (A Merry Friggin' Christmas), Mork (Mork & Mindy), Mrs Doubtfire

Mork (Robin Williams voiced his namesake TV sitcom character in animated form in the short-lived Mork and Mindy/Laverne and Shirley/Fonz Hour show from Hanna-Barbera and Ruby-Spears Productions in 1982)

Nolan Mack (Boulevard)

Osric (Hamlet)

Pappass (House of D), Paul Barnell (The Big White), Peter Banning and Peter Pan (Hook), Phillip Brainard (Prof.) (Flubber)


Rainbow Randolph Smiley (Death to Smoochy), Ramon (Happy Feet), Reverend Frank (Licence to Wed), Roger (The Face of Love)

Sean Maguire (Good Will Hunting), Seymour Parrish (One Hour Photo)

Theodore Roosevelt (Night at the Museum), Tom Dobbs (Man of the Year), Tommy Wilheim (Seize the Day), TS Garp (The World According to Garp) 

Virgil (A Merry Friggin' Christmas)

Vladimir Ivanov (Moscow on the Hudson)

Walter Finch (Insomnia) 

Monday, 24 August 2015

Have You Ever Wondered? The Uncanny Parallels Between Mork and Mindy & Robin Williams's Movies

Did it ever occur to you whilst re-watching all the Mork and Mindy episodes on YouTube or on DVD that some of the story lines and ideas bared an uncanny resemblance to, as well as correlation to some of Robin Williams subsequent feature movies? 

I did, and some of the story lines and ideas I have discovered make for interesting reading. 

I have listed the episodes with the synopsis below, along with an example of a scene and role he played from a movie, which best illustrates how similar each of them are. 

**last updated 19th December 2016**

  • Mork and the Bum Rap 

Although Mork doesn't understand the concept of charity, he is determined to help Mindy raise money for the children's hospital. he tries his morkathon performance to no avail and ends up dressing as a bum to collect money.

>> The Fisher King - Robin Williams plays a homeless bum named Perry 

*photo credit: ABC Photo Archives 

  • Mork in Never Never Land

Mork discovers that his pen-pal is living in an asylum and believes he is Peter Pan

>> Hook - Robin Williams plays Peter Banning/Peter Pan in Hook in 1991, 11 years later

  • Mork and the Immigrant 

Mork thinks Russian immigrant Sergei is an alien like him and tries to help welcome him

>> Robin plays a Russian musician who emigrates to the US in the movie, Moscow on the Hudson 

  • Clerical Error

Mork thinks he is a priest when he dresses in a black jacket & white collar and begins advising church parishioners

>> Robin plays a priest in Licence to Wed 

  • Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies 

Mork recruits his friends to turn the hour devoted to Nelson's 7am Saturday morning campaign speech into a variety show for kids

>> Death to Smoochy - Robin plays a foul- mouthed children's variety show TV presenter, Randolph Smiley 

  • The Mork syndrome

Mork goes on a secret mission for the Air Force

>> Robin plays radio disc jockey Adrian Cronauer in war dramedy Good Morning Vietnam 

  • Three The Hard Way 

Mork gives birth to an egg via his navel. Mindy has trouble accepting that in the egg is their child. 

>> Robin plays depressed goofball, Dale in 'Father's Day' who is on a mission to find out if he fathered a son named Scott, after being involved in a relationship with a woman, 17 years ago.

Egg grows and hatches into a full grown, elderly man who acts like a child 

>> Jack - Robin plays Jack, a boy who ages 4 X the rate of a normal child

  • A Mommy For Morky

Mork wonders what it will be like to have had a mother. Uses his orkan age machine to regress himself to 3 years of age.

>> Jack - see above

  • Dr Morkenstein

Working as a security guard in a science museum, Mork befriends a robot named Chuck, who later dies

>> Bicentennial Man - Robin plays a robot
>> Flubber - in Flubber, there is a robot named Weebo who befriends Professor Phillip Brainard and assists him. Weebo later on dies 

  • Hold that Mork

Mork becomes a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos football side

>> Robin Williams plays football player, Jack in The Best of Times

  • Mork's Health Hints 
Mindy goes to the hospital for a Tonsillectomy. But due to a typographical error, she is mistaken for another patient. Fortunately, Mork is up to the job & disguises himself as a surgeon 

>> Robin Williams plays surgeon Dr Kosevich in Nine Months (1995) 

  • Old Fears 
Mork ages himself up to cheer up Cora  

>> Mrs Doubtfire - Daniel disguises himself as an elderly Scottish housekeeper 

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