Robin Williams, 1951–2014: The Measure of the Man Was Vast - No, it wasn’t all spontaneous. As with his kindred spirit Steve Martin, what seemed natural (or supernatural) had hours of practice & pain and self-doubt behind it. Whenever Robin Williams performed, he had to follow the toughest act in show business — Robin Williams.
“The people I've admired ‑ Jonathan [Winters], in his best days, was out. Gone. But the price he paid for it was deep” (Ibid).Like Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters had to contend with the tormenting demonic powers he utilized for fame and fortune. “These voices are always screaming to get out,” Winters told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, further admitting “They follow me around pretty much all day and night.
Moscow on the Hudson (1984) — Vladimir Ivanoff | 29 Great Performances By Robin Williams...Made during the height of the Cold War, Williams plays a Russian musician who chooses to defect — in front of Connie Chung! — while shopping in Bloomingdale’s on an official trip to New York City. A true dramedy, Williams keeps his wilder impulses in check, playing instead the truth of the misery of Vladimir’s life in Moscow and the struggle to adjust to his new life in New York. —Adam B. Vary