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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

He Really Was One of a Kind: Robin Williams (1951-2014)

It's been less than 24 hours since I heard that 63-year-old actor/comedian Robin Williams has passed away, and the news has yet to sink in. He was a thespian that no matter what mood I was in, I could look to any number of his performances and my spirits were instantly lifted. He had the kind of gift, a style best described as frenzied, slapstick comedy as its most genius, that was once in a lifetime. Like lightning in a bottle.

I first remember his larger-than-life personality on the quirky comedy, Mork & Mindy, which introduced us to Williams as a lovable alien--something that could have easily been dismissed as cheap comedy, but in the hands of Williams was nothing short of wonderful. I know for many of us the shock of his death has brought heavy sorrow, but here I try to remember Williams as an actor who always made me smile, even in his most dramatic roles. He will surely be missed.

Below are my favorite Robin Williams characters:

Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire in MRS. DOUBTFIRE


Mork in MORK & MINDY

Himself on COMIC RELIEF (1987)

Armand Goldman in THE BIRDCAGE

How will you remember Robin Williams?


Anonymous said...

This is such a sad day, but I love seeing all of these posts reminding us WHY we love Robin so much and why this loss is so sad. He was a wonderful performer, and your post illuminates why.

Bridgette said...

Mine, hands down, is Good Will Hunting...He owned that role and perhaps because of the subject matter (I lost my father to cancer) his scenes in particular give me chills every time I watch that movie. Well-written piece, Candice.

iluvcinema said...

Good piece.

Shame to say I still need to see The Fisher King. That has been in my queue for a minute now. He was a real talented guy that is to be sure.

Alex Withrow said...

Lovely post here. I love all those characters, and I'm so glad you included his stand-up work. The man really could play anyone and anything. Still can't believe he's gone.

Daniel said...

Truly one of the most shocking deaths in recent memory, a massive loss for us all.

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