Popular Culture Review 29.1 (Spring 2018) - Page 131

The Trajectory of a Comic Celebrity’s Career: Robin Williams Does Television By Kathy Merlock Jackson Abstract: The whole world mourned when actor and comedian Robin Williams ended his life on August 11, 2014 at his home in Tiburon, California. The larger-than-life actor and comedian was best remembered for big-screen performances as a warm paternal figure or caregiver, often a man-child with traces of arrested development. Williams accomplished what many television actors today aspire to but cannot achieve: he made the transition from situation comedy star to movie star. This article explores Robin Williams’s early career in television, arguing that his unconventional role in Mork and Mindy proved the perfect vehicle for this, informing his future roles and serving as a trajectory for his film career, thus offering a thematic lesson for comic actors seeking movie stardom. Keywords: Robin Williams, Mork, Ork, situation comedy, Mork and Mindy, Dead Poet’s Society, Hook, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting Resumen: El mundo entero estaba en duelo cuando el actor y comediante Robin Williams se suicidó el 11 de agosto de 2014 en su casa en Tiburon, California. El grandioso actor y comediante era mejor conocido por sus actuaciones de pantalla grande como una figura paterna cálida o como un proveedor de cuidados, a menudo un hombre- niño con características de un desarrollo frenado. Williams logró a lo que muchos actores de televisión hoy aspiran, pero que no alcanzan: hizo la transición de estrella de comedia de situación a estrella de cine. Este 131