Dreams: The Fisher King: About The Cast

Edited by Phil Stubbs
Robin Williams starts as Parry, a street person who lives in a world of his own creation to insulate himself from a tragedy in his past.

Twice nominated for the best actor Oscar - for Good Morning, Vietnam and Dead Poets Society, Williams first gained widespread attention when he landed a guest-starring role on the TV series Happy Days as Mork, a manic extra-terrestrial. Viewer response to the episode was so great that Williams was signed to do the spinoff series Mork & Mindy. The show, which premiered in 1978, was a success and soon led the actor into motion pictures.

Williams made his film debut in 1980 playing the title role of Popeye. Other films he has starred in include The World According to Garp and Moscow on the Hudson. He also stars in the Peter Pan extravaganza Hook, with Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith, which will be released by TriStar Pictures in December 1991. Steven Spielberg directs the film from a screenplay by Jim V. Hart and Malia Scotch Marmo, screen story y Jim V. Hart & Nick Castle, and based upon the original stageplay and books written by J.M. Barrie.

Williams has balanced his movie career with work in comedy clubs and workshops where, in front of live audiences, he can experiment with new material and hone his improvisational skills.

In 1986, Williams completed an SRO 23-city tour of America, including an evening at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the first time a solo comic has taken the stage of the renowned hall. The concerts were taped for the HBO special Robin Williams Live at the Met.

Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams saw much of the U.S. as a child during frequent family moves. After a brief stint at Claremont Men’s College in Southern California, Williams studied theatre at Marin College before entering Juilliard in New York, where he spent three years under the tutelage of John Houseman and other noted professionals.

Returning to San Francisco after college, Williams joined a comedy workshop and began performing in small nightclubs. In 1976, he headed for Los Angeles and began appearing on a regular basis at the Comedy Store, where he was spotted by casting agents who thought his offbeat sensibilities might have a place in television, and his career took off.

Among his comic recordings are Reality, What a Concept for which he won his first Grammy Award, Throbbing Python of Love and Evening at the Met, for which he won his second Grammy Award. Pecos Bill, a children’s album, also garnered a Grammy. He is the recipient of Emmys for appearances on A Carol Burnett Special: Carol, Carl, Whoopi & Robin and for ABC presents a Royal Gala.

Williams has also starred in an adaptation of Saul Bellow’s Seize the Day on PBS and in Mike Nichols’ stage production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, opposite Steve Martin, at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Williams is involved with several humanitarian organisations and is a primary force in Comic Relief, an annual benefit to aid the homeless.

Jeff Bridges stars as Jack Lucas, an arrogant DJ whose life becomes both tragically and wonderfully intertwined with Parry’s.

Bridges most recently starred in Texasville, in which he reprised the role of Duane Jackson from the 1971 film that earned him an Oscar nomination as best supporting actor: The Last Picture Show. Currently he is filming American Heart in Seattle. He both stars and serves as one of the producers.

Before making Texasville, Bridges was one half of The Fabulous Baker Boys, acting opposite his brother Beau, and Michelle Pfeiffer in the critically acclaimed hit, which garnered four Academy Award nominations. In the past few years he has also starred in See You in the Morning with Alice Krige and Farrah Fawcett; Tucker: The Man and His Dream, in which he plays Preston Tucker, the visionary car designer; the romantic comedy Nadine, with Kim Basinger; the thriller The Morning After, with Jane Fonda; and one of the highest grossing films of 1985, Jagged Edge, with Glenn Close.

Bridges made his first film appearance in 1950, at the age of four months, in the arms of Jane Greer in The Company She Keeps. He got the opportunity to re-team with Greer in the 1984 remake of Out of the Past called Against All Odds with Rachel Ward and James Woods.

Born in Los Angeles, Bridges attended University High School there and later journeyed east to study acting at the Berghoff Studio in New York City. In 1969, he made his feature film debut in Halls of Anger, followed by a role in The Yin and Yang of Mr. Go, written and directed by Burgess Meredith, and his Oscar-winning performance in The Last Picture Show. Bridges starred with Stacy Keach in Fat City and received another Oscar nomination for best supporting actor for his performance opposite Clint Eastwood in the 1974 release Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.

Among his other starring roles are Hearts of the West; the 1976 remake of King Kong with Jessica Lange; Somebody Killed Her Husband with Farrah Fawcett; two films opposite Sally Field, Stay Hungry and Kiss Me Goodbye; The Last American Hero; and Bad Company.

He was one of the principal characters in Heaven’s Gate, played a young computer-game jockey in Tron and portrayed an ex-cop in 8 Million Ways to Die, with Rosanna Arquette. In addition, Bridges has starred in some cult classics that continue to play in repertory houses across the country - Cutter’s Way, Winter Kills, Success and Rancho Deluxe - and in the American Film Theatre’s "filmization" of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh with Robert Ryan, Fredric March and Lee Marvin.

His performance as the earthbound alien in Starman garnered Bridges his third Oscar nomination - his first as best actor - as well as a Golden Globe nomination in the same category.

In the course of his career, Bridges has worked with such distinguished directors as Peter Bogdanovich, Alan Pakula, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Benton, Sidney Lumet, Taylor Hackford, John Huston, Michael Cimino, John Carpenter and Hal Ashby.

An accomplished musician and composer, Bridges has written more than 70 songs, one of which he sang for Quincy Jones’ soundtrack to the film John and Mary. Bridges is also a painter and photographer and has had gallery exhibitions in Los Angeles and Montana.

Amanda Plummer stars as Lydia, the klutzy, lonely woman who has unknowingly captured Parry’s chivalrous heart. The role reunites Plummer with Robin Williams, with whom she appeared in The World According to Garp. Plummer is best known for her work on the New York stage, where, for her performance in Agnes of God, she won a Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Boston Critics Award. Other honours include Tony Award nominations for her Broadway debut, A Taste of Honey, and for Pygmalion.

She has also been acclaimed for her guest-starring roles on television, receiving an Emmy nomination for L.A. Law and an ACE nomination for Tales From the Crypt. In addition, Plummer starred in two PBS specials, Gryphon and The Courtship, and is starring in the upcoming Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Miss Rose White, with Maureen Stapleton and Miximilian Schell, which is based on the play A Shayna Maidel.

In feature films, Plummer has appeared in Hotel New Hampshire, Made in Heaven, Daniel and Cattle Annie and Little Britches. She stars with Buck Henry and Crispin Glover in the black comedy L-Dopa, an upcoming release, and recently completed a cameo role in Freejack, starring Emilio Estevez and Mick Jagger.

Plummer began her career as an apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and made her New York stage debut in Artichoke at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1979. Her other stage productions include the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie, opposite Jessica Tandy, and A Lie of the Mind.

Mercedes Ruehl stars as Anne Napolitano, the worldly video store owner who gives Jack love, a home and a job after his plummet into despair.

Ruehl won a Tony award as best actress this year for her starring role in Neil Simon’s hit Broadway play Lost in Yonkers and has also won the American Film Critics Award as best supporting actress for her hilarious portrayal of Connie, the Mafioso housewife, in Married to the Mob.

Ruehl recently starred with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder in Another You, for TriStar Pictures. Her other film credits include Big, Heartburn, Radio Days, Crazy People, Warriors, Slaves of New York, The Secret of My Success, Leader of the Band and 84 Charing Cross Road.

Before her Broadway triumph in Lost in Yonkers, Ruehl appeared on the New York stage in Other People’s Money (winning the Clarence Derwent Award), The Marriage of Bette and Boo at the New York Shakespeare Festival (receiving the Obie Award), Coming of Age in Soho and American Notes. She appeared both on and off-Broadway in Herb Gardner’s Tony-Award winning play I’m Not Rappaport.

Ruehl has performed extensively in regional theatres around the country, starring in Medea, Much Ado About Nothing, Misalliance, Androcles and the Lion, The Three Sisters, Tartuffe, Private Lives, Vanities, Monday After the Miracle and June Moon.

On television, she was a guest lead on The Cosby Show, starred in the ABC After School Special The Great Skinner Strike, appeared in the ABC series Our Family Honor and was featured in the CBS pilot Late Bloomer.

Michael Jeter plays the homeless cabaret singer rescued in Central Park by Parry and Jack. He later repays their kindness with a unique display of his singing and dancing abilities.

Jeter received a 1990 Tony Award as best featured actor in a musical for his performance as Otto Kringelein in Grand Hotel, having already received the Clarence Derwent Award as the most promising male actor on the metropolitan theater scene as well as the Outer Critics Award and a Drama Desk Award.

A Tennessee native, Jeter began his professional acting career in New York City in the late 1970s, when he made his motion picture debut in Hair and won a Theatre World Award in 1979 for his first Broadway show, G.R. Point. His credits off-Broadway include The Boys Next Door, Greater Tuna, and Cloud 9.

Jeter’s other film credits include Zelig, The Money Pit, Soup for One, Tango & Cash and Dead-Bang, and his appearances on TV range from the series From Here to Eternity to Crime Story to Designing Women to Hot House, on which he was a regular.

Most recently Jeter received an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor for his role as Herman Styles in Evening Shade.

TriStar Pictures presents a Hill/Obst Production of a Terry Gilliam Film starring Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges, The Fisher King. Also starring are Amanda Plummer and Mercedes Ruehl. Terry Gilliam is the director and Debra Hill and Lynda Obst are the producers of the film, which is written by Richard LaGravenese. Roger Pratt, B.S.C., is the director of photography, Mel Bourne is the production designer and Lesley Walker is the editor. The music is by George Fenton.

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