Farewell to Robin Williams, a Comic From Another Planet

Williams’ most concentrated essence was the combination of man and boy within him

The cinematic image of Robin Williams, who was found dead at the age of 63 of apparent suicide, runs between off-the-wall and sentimental, between aggressive and clingy. Williams, who began his career as the alien Mork in “Mork and Mindy” in the 1970s, remained an extraordinary character full of contradictions. On the one hand, he could play an Everyman, as he did in his first and excellent...