Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The world is mourning the loss of actor/comedian Robin Williams. In one of his first films (1984), Williams starred in Moscow on the Hudson, a comedy-drama directed and co-written by Paul Mazursky. The film had an immigration angle with Williams playing a Soviet Russian circus musician (Vladimir Ivanoff) who defects while on a visit to the United States. Williams's co-stars include Maria Concjita Alonso (in her American film debut), Elya Baskin as the circus clown, Savely Kramarov as one of two KGB apparatchiks, Alejandro Rey as the musician's immigration attorney, and Cleavant Derricks as his first American host and friend.
Recall also that Williams played an alien from planet Monk in the sitcom Mork & Mindy.