Robbin Williams first came into the American entertainment radar back in 1978 when he played an alien named Mork from the planet Ork that, for some reason, found his way into the world of the tremendously successful Happy Days television show. After only a few episodes it was determined that the Mork character, and its insane actor, deserve their own spinoff show so in 1978 the situation comedy Mork And Mindy was born. Mork And Mindy ran for 4 seasons before ending in 1982. Within that time Robbin Williams recorded a best selling comedy album and also made the disappointing movie Popeye. When Mork And Mindy ended in 1982 Robbin Williams moved his tremendous talent to the big screen and it was not long before people were lining up at theaters all over the world to watch this comic genius perform.
Right away Robbin Williams wanted to show his acting range as he starred in Moscow On The Hudson in 1984 which was part comedy and part drama about a Russian musician that defects to the United States. The movie did modest business but his performance won Williams praise from the movie industry and began to open up more than just comedy doors. Soon Williams was starring in a wide variety of roles in many different types of movies that ranged from comedy to truly bizarre. In Good Morning Vietnam he played a radio personality in the Vietnam war and this was the movie that got him nominated for an Academy Award and established Robbin Williams as a permanent force in the motion picture business. He would get nominated again for an Academy Award in 1989 for his work in Dead Poet’s Society and again in 1991 for his performance in the The Fischer King. Finally in 1997 Robbin Williams won his Oscar for his truly inspired performance in the smash hit Good Will Hunting.
Robbin Williams has played a variety of roles throughout his career and even though he has established himself as one of the funniest men in Hollywood he still has the acting range and ability to pull of a role in movies such as Toys, The Birdcage, and especially the visual tour de force of What Dreams May Come. He has endeared himself to children as the Genie in the original Aladdin movie and he has brought down the house with award winning comedy albums. Robbin Williams is truly a unique talent and he shows absolutely no signs of stopping any time soon.