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Robin Williams, 1951-2014
Born Chicago, Illinois
Robin Williams was a madcap genius in all types of entertainment, from stand-up to feature films. Known initially as a comedian, he surprised audiences with his ability to play serious dramatic roles. His breakthrough came in the 1970s television comedy Mork and Mindy; as the alien Mork, Williams improvised much of his dialogue, which would be the case in most of his comedic roles. Once established in show business, Williams worked tirelessly, appearing in such feature films as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), and Mrs. Doubtfire (1993); he won an Oscar for his role as the psychologist in Good Will Hunting (1997).
Michael Dressler, 1979
Time cover, March 12, 1979
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