Robin McLaurin Williams, born July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois.
[died August 2014]
i knew his as ‘Mork’ in the comedy sitcom ‘Mork and Mindy’
i laughed and cried at/with him in ‘Dead Poets Society’, ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ and ‘Patch Adams’
i was completely blown away and broken by his performance and the hecticness of the movie ‘What Dreams May Come’
i was inspired by his turn in ‘Good Will Hunting’
‘The Birdcage’, ‘Mrs Doubtfire’, and ‘Jumanji’ were all personal favourites of mine…
and just the other day saw him on the big screen in the trailer for the upcoming ‘Night at the Museum III’
[i was even one of the fewer fans of the little appreciated 'Death to Smoochy']
and of course he completely stole the scene, or scenes, or quite possibly the whole of ‘Aladdin’ as the genie…
and… and… and…
As i look down his filmography on IMDB i keep being reminded of yet another movie and a different performance that thrilled or moved or inspired me.
Robin Williams had a definite gift.
In fact, when i think of him, this clip of him doing ‘Pygmy with a Stutter’ on Jay Leno’s show is the one that instantly comes to mind…
RobinWilliams seemed to often carry a deep sense of personal sadness with him, especially as he grew older, which could occasionally be glimpsed through his eyes in interviews. As the man who for a decade or two was definitely deserving of the title of ‘Funniest Man Alive’ this was something that always seemed so deeply real and yet so completely out-of-place. It is a tragedy, and one that spills over into the world, that his life ended the way it did.
There are never the ‘right words’ when someone dies and so i thought i would just bring some small honour to the life of a man with a very special gift through some pictures reminding us of a few of his moments which brought the laughs or the tears or the inspiration or the amazement to us all.
Thank you for the entertainment.
Thank you for reminding us all to Carpe the Diem… Seize the Day.
What is your favorite Robin Williams movie, moment or memory? Let’s share some of these in the comments section to celebrate a life…