Dave Itzkoff, New York Times culture reporter, took on an intense project in trying to chronicle the life of actor and comedian Robin Williams in Robin. Williams is known throughout the world not only for his humor, but for his incredible range and talent. Whether entertaining in a stand-up comedy riff, improvising on set, or delivering touching and moving scenes, Williams was a gift to the world. Williams was able to draw on the intense emotions the dealt with to create a comic brilliance the likes of which have not been matched.
Certainly Williams will be remembered for his comedy, as well as his comedic roles. From his breakout role in Mork & Mindy, to his portrayal as the genie in Aladdin, the loving father in Mrs. Doubtfire, or the conflicted radio DJ in Good Morning Vietnam, Williams proved to be a stellar talent. But his range expanded to include more serious roles, like Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, and his Academy Award winning role in Good Will Hunting.
But Williams had a darker side as well. In Robin, Itzkoff reveals his struggles with addiction and depression, and he explores the debilitating condition at the end of Williams’ life that so few fans knew about. Robin features information gleaned from hundreds of original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues to reveal one of the best entertainers this world has ever known.