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‘O Captain! My Captain!’: the legendary life and career of Robin Williams




A file picture taken on May 9, 1990 in Washington, shows US actor Robin Williams (L) speaking at a Senate committee hearing on the Homelessness Prevention and Revitalization Act of 1990, next to US actress Whoopi Goldberg (R).
A file picture taken on May 9, 1990 in Washington, shows US actor Robin Williams (L) speaking at a Senate committee hearing on the Homelessness Prevention and Revitalization Act of 1990, next to US actress Whoopi Goldberg (R).
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Goof-headed genie with an affinity for music. Fast-talking alien looking for love. Melancholic psychiatrist doing his best. Robin Williams’ range as an actor is its own ecosystem – a career filled with unique, interconnected roles from which life seems to spontaneously spring.

Yet looking through Williams’ personal notes and annotated scripts reveals a deeply motivated, concentrated individual. These notes are included in Dave Itzkoff’s newest book “Robin” as part of a comprehensive look at the actor/comedian’s life. Itzkoff interviewed hundreds of Williams’ close friends and family members, conversations that provide a wide portrait of the man’s life from childhood to tragic death.

Larry sits down with Itzkoff to discuss his book and reflect on the life and career of Robin Williams.

Guest:

Dave Itzkoff, author of “Robin,” and culture reporter at The New York Times, where he writes about film, television, theater, music and pop culture; he tweets @ditzkoff