The Passing of a Legend

Robin Williams, 1951-2014
The World According to Garp Mrs. Doubtfire Good Will Hunting

I have loved and admired Robin Williams' work ever since I first watched him as the lovable hyperactive alien Mork from TV's Mork and Mindy (photo courtesy of Darsie, Wikimedia Commons). It seemed that even scripted material became improvisation when in the hands of The Master Improv Artist Extraordinaire! I can only imagine what it must have been like to work with an actor possessing so much energy, skill, inventiveness and intelligence, trying so hard to keep up with his rapid-fire delivery and almost manic vivacity, while at the same time struggling mightily not to completely dissolve into helpless laughter.

And then he went and showed us his serious side - his ability to pull emotions from us, his viewers, that we did not even know we had. I remember seeing him for the first time in a dramatic role, how amazed I was to see the depth of his acting, wondering how this could even be the same person.

Through all of his personal problems, his struggles with addictions and depression, he continued to entertain us, sharing his incredible genius with the world right up to the end. I am greatly saddened by Robin Williams' death, but oh so thankful that we, however briefly, had this bright supernova talent among us.

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Comments

He was an amazing actor. Hilarous in movies. Made a ton of movies i love!! i will always remember him! R.I.P Robin Williams. R.I.P.

Thanks for posting, Shelly. My two all time favorites are Dead Poets Society and The Fisher King. Don't know when I'll be able to bring myself to view again, though. Such a loss of talent and humanity!

I loved his comedic films but he made a creepy little film called "One hour photo" in which he played a creepy photo store employee who becomes obsessed with a young family. In the outtakes it showed how before the director yelled "action" Robin was laughing and joking around. As soon as the cameras started rolling he jumped into character. Amazing actor. God rest his soul

If you EVER have a chance to watch Robin's interview with James Lipton on INSIDE THE ACTORS' STUDIO (or excerpts of it) do yourself a favor and take the time to enjoy one of the most mercurial comic geniuses of our time. It is just brilliant! His spontaneity and creativity really shine through in that episode.

YouTube, Hulu, Bravo TV and other cable stations are good options...although it is wicked hard to find a library copy anymore....

Thanks for the heads up - I will have to check that out!

If you EVER have a chance to watch Robin's interview with James Lipton on INSIDE THE ACTORS' STUDIO (or excerpts of it) do yourself a favor and take the time to enjoy one of the most mercurial comic geniuses of our time. It is just brilliant! His spontaneity and creativity really shine through in that episode.

YouTube, Hulu, Bravo TV and other cable stations are good options...although it is wicked hard to find a library copy anymore....

Robin Williams was Magic! Always on, even in interviews. My favorite Movie and I love them all, was Birdcage! Playing the part of the husband to Albert (Nathan Lane). My favorite part for Robin was when he has to break the bad news to Albert he can't stay because the guest coming are ultra conservative future in-laws. And they are afraid Albert is too gay. So Albert leaves in a huff and tells him there bouseboy Hank Azazia can just cook dinner for the small dinner party, and Robin Williams looks at the houseboy, and ask, you can cook can't you? And the houseboy looks puzzled and looks at Robin Williams he tends to think so...

Now Robin Williams is in Heaven making God laugh with the help of Jonathan Winters his idol. You can just imagine the two together, just having a great time.

But, are world just got little more less funny...Very Sad!
Marty

I really enjoyed The Birdcage, too, but one of my favorite Robin Williams' movie is What Dreams May Come - I loved the beauty of the imagined settings and the story. How ironic that the movie deals with the very issues that plagued the actor, despair and suicide, but the love and determination of the characters manages to shine through...

In "Awakenings" the director Penny Marshall helped
him achieve such a subdued, quiet, powerful performance
of being the doctor Oliver Sachs. It is my favorite of his
roles, as he had to act opposite Robert De Niro as the man who was "awakened" after years of post-meningitis
syndrome. He was concerned he would be "blown out of
the water" by De Niro's acting, but Marshall assured him
she wouldn't let that happen. And because of a wonderful script, directing, and a real-life caring Dr. Sachs, and Robin Williams - I feel it is he who does the
incredible acting job.

I think so, too! I am a big big fan of Oliver Sachs' books, including the book the movie is based on - check out Denver Public Library's catalog for the many titles available for download or checkout.

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