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By Mike Kuczkowski After Robin Williams’ death last week, many media outlets produced some fine tributes (and some have done some disgraceful things, too.) If you have not listened to Mark Maron’s podcast with Williams, you should. Having just published a piece about Philip Seymour Hoffman, I didn’t want to write about Williams at first. But, I realized that while people were talking a lot about Williams’ career and his legacy, there was a point to be made...

Last month, to evaluate Philip Seymour Hoffman's acting career, we created a framework called the Awardscore [1]. Here's a look at where Robin Williams ranks. Actor Age Noms Wins Oscar Noms Oscar Wins Awardscore Jack Nicholson 77 71 95 12 3 351 Daniel Day-Lewis 57 35 127 5 3 344 Tom Hanks 58 86 71 5 2 288 Denzel Washington 59 85 73 6 2 281 Philip Seymour Hoffman 46 64 88 4 1 270 Javier Bardem 45 53 91 3 1 260 Sean Penn 54 63 76 5 2 260 George Clooney 53 92 60 4 1 242 Leonardo DiCaprio 39 122 50 4 0 242 Robin Williams 63 60 70 4 1 220 Among the peer set of Best Actor nominees for the past 30 years, Williams ranks 10th. He is also arguably the greatest star to cross over from comedy to drama. While one could make the case that Tom Hanks similarly moved from sitcom acting...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and his five sons share in his #icebucketchallenge videoBy Mike Kuczkowski We know the story by now: On July 31, 29-year-old Pete Frates, of Boston, filmed a 52-second video that sparked a movement. The video itself is unremarkable. Frates stares into the camera, moving his head back and forth to the beat of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby.” He says nothing. He writes a message naming nine people in it, tags it #icebucketchallenge and posts it...