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Robin Williams Recaps Showbiz Career in Typical Madcap Fashion


Robin Williams' flair for the rapid-fire delivery was always worth waiting for. He showed off his skills in his first breakout role in the television sitcom, “Mork & Mindy,” and later as a radio DJ in the 1987 film, “Good Morning, Vietnam.” The 63-year-old actor — mourned after his death Monday of an apparent suicide — managed to turn his struggle to stardom into a tongue-twisting tale during a 1993 interview with TODAY’s Gene Shalit.

The interview featured Williams in full madcap persona as he dished about his latest movie, the cross-dressing comedy, “Mrs. Doubtfire.” By the end of the interview, Shalit challenged Williams to give the story of his career. In two minutes, Williams breezed through his time in junior college, attending the Julliard School in New York, and how he eventually transitioned from theater to stand-up to Hollywood, where he enjoyed a nearly 40-year career.


— Erik Ortiz