An Off-Broadway Role
Williams made his professional stage debut as Estragon in Waiting for Godot, an off-broadway production also starring Steve Martin and F. Murray Abraham. When he was interviewed by The New York Times he was asked if he felt the show was a threat to his career, to which Williams replied, “Risk! Of never working on the stage again! Oh, no! Youâre ruined!”
Williams had to really restrain himself from improvising during the performance. “You can do physical things, but you don’t ad-lib [Samuel] Beckett, just like you don’t riff Beethoven,” he said. Williams went on to work with director Mike Nichols again in 1996 film The Birdcage.