Robin Williams Passes Away at age 63
The world has lost a great man. On Monday, it was announced that actor/comedian Robin Williams had died at the age of 63 from what is seemingly looking like suicide. We do know that Robin had been struggling with addiction and depression for a long time. But let's not dwell on this part. Robin was an influential man to say the least. He touched so many lives and has influenced so many generations. He broke out on TV in Morg & Mindy, playing an alien. The show was tailored to Robin's exceptional improvisational talents. He then went on to star in movies, famously in Good Morning, Vietnam. Robin then went on to do some dramas, such as Dead Poets Society and Awakenings while also retaining his comedic nature, proving his range as an actor and entertainer. He would do edgy movies like The Fisher King and in the same year do a film for children like Hook. One of his most famous and iconic performances was voicing the Genie in Aladdin, where he infused improv, heart and himself into a character to produce a memorable performance that would capture the hearts of people for years to come.
One of my favorite Robin Williams movies was Mrs. Doubtfire, where he played a divorced man who dresses as a woman to pretend to be his ex-wife's house cleaner as his only way to spend time with his children. His ability to change characters instantaneously is absolutely incredible. He again appealed to children in Jumanji while also doing an edgy before-its-time film The Birdcage. However, Robin's arguably best performance came in Good Will Hunting, which he won his Oscar for. Like I said before, one of Robin's greatest talents was his ability to change characters in an instant. He had all sorts of range as an actor from differentiating voices, mannerisms and physical acting. He played villainous psychopaths in Insomnia and One Hour Photo while also playing Teddy Roosevelt in the Night at the Museum movies as well as voicing countless characters such as Fender in Robots and Lovelace in Happy Feet. Some of his most controversial roles came from movies such as World's Greatest Dad and Death to Smoochy.
Robin also guest starred in several television shows over the years such as Homicide: Life on the Street, Friends, L.A. Doctors, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Wilfred, Louie and even headlined a few of his own shows in recent years such as The Crazy Ones. These roles are just some of the 102 projects Robin has acted in.
Robin passed away August 11th, 2014, leaving behind a few films yet to be released. This year, Merry Friggin' Christmas and Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Tomb will be released and in 2015, Absolutely Anything will be released.
He leaves behind his third wife, Susan Schneider and his three children. Susan spoke out, saying:
"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."
President Barack Obama said this of Robin's passing:
"Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang, Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien- but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave us his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most- from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."
Looking at social media, it's almost heartbreaking to see everyone, from fans to celebrities, all pouring out their love and prayers to Robin's family and their sadness over this loss.
A great actor, comedian and overall a great man has passed. Rest in peace, Robin Williams. You will always be remembered.
Written by: Nate
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