I must admit that I can hardly believe that I am writing these words down about the comedic genius that was Robin Williams who died yesterday at age 63 and that is because he chose to leave us under his own design. Yes believe it or not, the great Robin Williams, a man who brought so much inspiration, laughter and delight to us all had committed suicide. Suicide! I still have to shake my head when I realize this is truth.
The news broke last night and I first heard of it when a friend I was walking with received a text. We both dismissed it as some sort of cruel hoax because such things happen every single day unfortunately but when I checked my own phone and noticed it blowing up with posts of shock and dismay it appeared to be very true. I turned on 1010 Wins news as soon as I returned home and learned that the brilliant actor had indeed committed suicide and hung himself. He was facing some very deep depression and had apparently been dealing with the pains of addiction once again which was horrible to hear. My own first experiences as a fan of Robin Williams came from the episode of “Happy Days” that he did back in 1978 and I remembered thinking afterwards that I had just watched one of the weirdest and funniest people ever. I was still on the young side but wow this was true. Robin Williams was truly one of the weirdest and funniest people alive and his energy was one that held no boundaries. His mind worked like a fast forward into the next thought and he always kept you guessing with his unpredictability and creative wit. I don’t think that I have to tell you that I sat in front of my television set each and every week when “Mork And Mindy” aired.
Robin Williams was born in 1951 in Chicago, Illinois and it would be sometime in the early 70’s that his comedic career would begin to form. It’s really interesting to read it all so I made sure that I pasted his Wiki entry in this reflection so you can indulge on your own time when you have better processed this sad news. After the “Mork And Mindy” series ended Williams would go on to star in numerous films or do guest appearances and voices in once that only required that of him. Of these films my favorites still lie in “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “The Birdcage”, “Patch Adams” and of course “Alladin”. As you can see I leaned towards the comedy side but his dramatic works were also worthy of acclaim in films like “Awakenings”, “Bicentennial Man”, “Good Will Hunting” and “Dead Poets Society”. To say that Robin Williams smile and stratospheric talent will be missed is an understatement. He leaves behind his wife Susan Schneider and his three children and leaves us all with the question of “why”. I will not use this space to claim any understanding about the crippling powers of depression but will maintain the view about how I wished that he could see the levels of joy and happiness that he brought to the world for so many years.
The star that was Robin Williams will not be forgotten by his worldwide fans, friends and his family. Rest in Peace Robin. You were one of a kind for sure and thank you for your talent. Your works were gifts that shall be cherished for years to come.
Official Wiki Entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Williams