×

Robin Williams Comedy Chair Established at USC School of Cinematic Arts

The George Lucas Family Foundation has established the Robin Williams Endowed Chair in Comedy at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

“Robin was a comedy genius with a boundless talent,” Lucas said. “He was singular in every way, yet had great respect for the genre and for the dedication it took to succeed. His talent was only matched by his work ethic. That’s why he made it to the pinnacle of comedy success, and why his legacy will be to motivate and inspire young storytellers.”

Williams won a best supporting actor Academy Award for “Good Will Hunting,” along with two Emmys and seven Golden Globes. He died in 2014 at the age of 63.

Dean Elizabeth M. Daley said, “The immeasurably talented Robin Williams stands as one of the most unique comic voices in entertainment history. His legendary career, defined by skillful impressions, unforgettable characters, and masterful stand-up routines, made him a cherished figure at the forefront of the comedy community. We are so proud to honor his memory and accomplishments at the USC School of Cinematic Arts with the help and generosity of the George Lucas Family Foundation.”

USC also announced on Wednesday that it has named Barnet Kellman as the first holder of the Robin Williams Endowed Chair. Kellman is a professor of film and television production, and the winner of two Emmys and a Directors Guild Award for his work on “Murphy Brown.” He directed the groundbreaking show’s pilot, the first 75 episodes, and the finale, which ended its 10-year run on CBS.

His other pilots include “Mad About You,” “Suddenly Susan,” “The George Lopez Show,” and “Something Wilder,” which he co-created for Gene Wilder. He also directed episodes of “E.R.,” “Alias,” “Ally McBeal,” and “Monk,” earning him a total of seven Emmy nominations and three DGA Award noms.

More TV

  • Pennyworth

    TV Review: 'Pennyworth'

    Is there a law that says there must always be a certain number of Batman properties on air at all times? Just as Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” films germinated a fandom that seemed to demand not merely a Ben Affleck Batman but also two different Joker-based franchise, so too did the conclusion of Fox’s “Gotham” [...]

  • She's Gotta Have It Review

    'She's Gotta Have It' Canceled After Two Seasons at Netflix

    Netflix has canceled Spike Lee’s series adaptation of “She’s Gotta Have It.” The show ran for two seasons at the streamer. Lee is expected to shop the series to other outlets. The news comes less than two months after the release of Season 2 back in May. “Spike Lee is one of the greatest filmmakers [...]

  • David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

    'Game of Thrones' Showrunners Will No Longer Attend Comic-Con Panel

    “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with some beloved “Thrones” actors, have canceled their scheduled appearances at San Diego International Comic-Con. Actors Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei of Naath), director Miguel Sapochnik, and dual writer-producers Benioff and Weiss are no longer attending, HBO revealed in a revised panel lineup [...]

  • TV News Roundup: 'Mr. Robot' Drops

    TV News Roundup: 'Mr. Robot' Drops Season 4 Trailer (Watch)

    In today’s roundup, USA releases a trailer for the final season of “Mr. Robot,” Apple plans a “Snoopy in Space” series and Variety has an exclusive clip from Season 3 of Netflix’s “The Epic Tale of Captain Underpants.” CASTING Golden Globe-winner Ian McShane will guest star in the season premiere of “Law & Order: SVU.” [...]

  • Elisabeth Moss Handmaid's Tale

    Why Elisabeth Moss Deserves More than 'The Handmaid's Tale' (Column)

    Elisabeth Moss has a long talk with a somewhat less-than-present conversation partner, to which Moss herself brings a certain wired tension. Her physical posture, upright even as her voice frays with exhaustion, indicates as much as do her words a new resolve to do better than she’s done as a caretaker. Having run out of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content