$P.Muff$ wrote:The Bulfine Papers (1917) wrote:One: there's film of him doing improv and his reactions to other people's lines are insanely fast and funny. To be that fast AND that funny without knowing in advance what he was going to be hit with indicates a very special mind. It worked like no other I can think of.
Copious amounts of cocaine played a huge role in his spitfire wit. I always found him extremely annoying, but I don't doubt that he was a very smart individual.
The cocaine might account for the speed at which he operated, but not his wit. That was something he was born with - and this is evidenced by the documentary. And anyway he was clean for much of his career.
I get the 'annoying' thing, I really do. I used to feel the same way. I'm sure he was hard work at times. But you realise he was a fine actor and quite often he played it very subtly - he wasn't always off on a tear (maybe he's most famous for those roles - Mork and Mindy, Good Morning Vietnam). And his kids speak of how much fun, and how loving he was.