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optimism, humor, and unconventional methods, feature Williams in what had become an all-to-familiar mawkish man-child role, and it was getting stale.   One critic called such performances “lame and embarrassing” and “missing the mark” (Iversen).   Although audiences will always revere Williams for his zany, off-the-wall improvisations, it seems, he could not escape the role he played in Mork and Mindy:  an outsider who comes to a new place and learns how to feel.  In his own way, he, like Viola Davis, celebrated what it means to live a life. Works Cited David, Jay.  The Life and Humor of Robin Williams.  New York:  William Morrow, 1999. Dougan, Andy.  Robin Williams.  New York:  Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1998. Gibson, Megan.  “Why Robin Williams Was a Millennial Hero.”  Time 12 Aug. 2014.  Web. 22 July 2016. Itzkoff, Dave.  “Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Comedian, Dies at 63.”  New York Times 11 Aug. 2014. Web. 5 July 2016. Iversen, Kristin.  “Remembering Robin Williams:  The Ultimate Film Dad Has Died.”  Brooklyn Magazine 12 August 2014.  Web.  22 July 2016. Marshall, Garry.  My Happy Days in Hollywood:  A Memoir.  New York:  Crown, 2012. “Viola Davis Oscars Acceptance Speech for ‘Fences’” ABC News.  26 February 2017.  Web.  13 June 2017. Weber, Bruce.  “Robin Williams, the Comic, Confronts Robin Williams, the Actor.”  The New York Times 28 May 1989.  Web.  24 July 2016. Filmography Aladdin.  Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements.  1992.  Disney. Dead Poets Society.  Directed by Peter Weir.  1989.  Buena Vista. Good Will Hunting.  Directed by Gus Van Sant.  1997.  Miramax. Hook.  Directed by Steven Spielberg.  1991.  TriStar.     Jack.  Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  1996.  Buena Vista.   138