Popular Culture Review 29.1 (Spring 2018) - Page 136

a celebrity, everybody wants a piece of you.”  The exchange underscores latent sadness in Robin Williams, an individual uncomfortable being alone with himself.   In 1982, after four seasons, which culminated in Mork and Mindy’s marriage and Mork’s having a baby Mearth, played by adult actor Jonathan Winters, the series ran out of steam and was cancelled.  Pam Dawber went on to star in another television series, My Sister Sam, which ran from 1986 to 1988.  Williams, too, appeared frequently on television, clowning on Saturday Night Live, being interviewed on David Letterman and other talk shows, appearing in guest spots and even his later forgotten series The Crazy Ones, and filming sequences for Sesame Street, including one titled “What is Alive?” in which he teaches children what it is to be alive:  eating, breathing, and growing.  However, Williams found his greatest opportunities not in television but in film.   All told, Williams appeared in roughly seventy-five films, becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.   Interestingly, some of his most memorable roles seem to emanate from Mork and Mindy, when his character was learning what it was like to be alive on Earth, to be human, and to have emotions.  Perhaps Williams’s first film to suggest this was Dead Poets Society (1989), in which he played John Keating, a brilliant, inspiring, but decidedly unconventional teacher at an elite 1950s boarding school.   In key scenes in Dead Poets Society, John Keating shocks his young charges by encouraging them to rip pages out of their textbook’s boring, pompous introduction and jump atop their desks to see things from a different perspective.  “Carpe, carpe. Carpe diem,” the former Rhodes Scholar and lover of poetry shouts to his students in Latin, urging them to live in the moment.  “Seize the day, boys.  Make your lives extraordinary.”  Recalling his mantra, Williams says, “ ‘I like the point of the movie, . . . of trying to find the passionate thing in your life, finding some ܝو\[۸'B] [X\K0\Y\\X[\ܛX[HYXH\[Bو]XZ\ۙH[X[0\ۙHܚ]\YY[XۋYX›ۈXY]Y]K8'\^KH[[&]\\[X[\&H[K&]]KX]]KX[KݙK\H\H]H^H[]Bܸ&x'H XۊK0XY]Y]HX[YHۙHوHY\ Bܛ[[\وHYX\[ۈ[X[\[XY[^H]\Z[][ۈ܈\X܋]\[و[X[\&\X\]Y[[\[H\[]ܛ\ݙ\[YH[[[[ۈ[]ˈ0[Š NNLJK[X[\^\]\[[HܚZX]Y\]قX]\YK\[[[\ۈ[\[ 0[ۂH\ۙۈ\]\[\[H܈H\]H][܂ܜ[]\\ݙ\]\[[]HY[Y\YH\Z[[X\]H\HX[]\[]]L