I’m so sad about Robin Williams. I experienced such laughter and joy because of him. Please write what appealed to you about him. Please do not write anything negative.
To me, Robin Williams represented that double edged sword of comedy; sharp wit that appeared to mask some great pain.
He was one of the great comic talents of my lifetime.
Sad to see him pass.
I grew up knowing him as Mork from Ork, and he always brought joy. RIP.
My oldest son, now 22, sent me a text that Mrs Doubtfire died, it was his favorite movie, just sad.
I appreciated Robin Williams most for his acting. He was brilliant at times. “Awakenings”, ” Dead Poets Society” and “Good Will Hunting” come to mind. He had the ability to portray an incredible depth of soul when cast in serious roles which were in stark contrast to his public persona as a crazed comic.
Jackie Gleason and Jerry Lewis also had that ability.
ITs sad but be happy … he always made me happy..thats how i remember him
A wonderful 12 minutes of standup.
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A Young Robin Williams on the Home Box Office 1977
Just kindness, in his roles and in his daily life in Tiburon. He often came to do his shopping at the Cove, and sat with friends at Peet’s Coffee. He was approachable and generous in his heart. My friend spoke at Robin’s mother’s funeral about 15 years ago, spoke of how she had meant so much as a friend to my friend’s mother, spoke about how such loving bonds could affect a young boy who witnessed the friendship of his mother and Robin’s mother. Robin was moved by the speech, and to this day whenever he ran into Jonas in Tiburon or other parts of Marin, Robin would remind my friend Jonas about the speech and engage him.
Robin had incredible heart; everybody knew about his manic energy, and unfortunately the other side of that coin appears to have been a soul-devouring depression. It is telling; the guy did not seem sick, not in public, not in the way that others in his position have. His persona was of comic genius; but his truth was closer to the role he played in GWH. He was a kind and generous man, and his genius may have been his downfall. We are all lucky to have seen the genius, but those of us who saw the heart are the luckiest.
He seemed to be cut from the same cloth as Red Skelton, my favorite as a kid. Two great guys who masked a bottomless pit of sadness behind brilliant comedy.
Hearing the news yesterday, I couldn’t believe it. This morning, I’m so depressed.
Part of me thinks “what a ridiculous reaction, you didn’t even know the man.” But it sure felt like I did.
I remember loving Mork and Mindy and then having breakfast with my dad on 24th St. in the city. As we were leaving, he asked me if I wanted to say hi to Mork.
I stared, stunned. He was eating by himself, and I never would have bothered him as an adult, but as a kid why not? I walked up and said hi Mr. Williams.
He did the whole looking over his shoulder twice “who me” thing, smiled, and held out his hand. It was probably my first legit handshake.
That silly little memory is especially vivid today. I echo what Mick LaSalle said in his post last night: I hate that this happened.
Started admiring him as an actor when he starred in the small budget film of “Seize The Day.” Then there was “Insomnia” with him as a convincing foil for Al Pacino in one of his great roles. He didn’t need to be a comedian, that is, his dramatic roles were enough to make a proud career.
Sometimes it seemed he wore his comedy like a mask. His private life had some turmoil; obviously.
Such a great talent, not only for the priceless comedy, but for
the incredible performances in ‘Insomnia’ and ‘One Hour Photo’. Those were intensely dark roles that he performed with some deep insight into the dark side.
A great American actor.
Hoffman and Williams in short order. Such a loss.
Unfortunately, brilliance sometimes is accompanied by burdens frequently masked by the tremendous talents of actors, comedians, writers, etc., and this situation appears to be similar. Hopefully, his successes and supreme comedic skills and talents will be celebrated rather than a media focus on his faux pas. It truly is a shame the professional help he received could not help him resolve issues.
He was the greatest entertainment talent I have ever had the pleasure of watching. Nobody could make you laugh hysterically doing stand up or just a late night TV interview and then turn around and make you feel the passion and humanity of the characters he played in movies. He was a brilliant, brilliant talent.
definitely tragic……I was never a huge fan of his movies but he had to be a great acting talent since he went to Juliard….. but did enjoy his comedic genius when doing something as simple as an interview or appearances at award shows…….from the numerous clips of him two made me laugh a lot…….Williams:” the male species spends the first 9 months of their lives trying to get out of the womb and then the rest of their lives trying to get back in “.
and then when he was addressing some troops and in the middle of his act they all turned their back on him to salute the flag that was being lowered, Williams responded…..”I’ll never forget that……never had an entire audience just go…….forget you!! “
Ben – Totaly get it. Even if you did not know him you somehow feel like you lost a friend. Very few people in this world have that affect on people. We lost a very special person who touched Billions around the world.
While I never net him, he struck me as incredibly talented and brilliant. It is a great artistic loss. I did however, spend a week taking ski lessons with his the co-star Pam Dawber of Mork & Mindy. Robin was unknown then and the t.v. show was suppose to be a star vehicle for Dawber. She shared with me that she was unhappy because Robin never stayed on script and was getting all the publicity. He obviously went on to eclipse her, but I suspect she grew to appreciate him and grieves in his passing. It seems he always gave 100%
Of all his roles Mrs. Doubtfire touched my heart the most.
In all the media talk about Robin Williams, there seems to me the unspoken horror that a person this talented and professionally successful could be so alone at the end. It’s a brutal image to imagine him in his own home with family nearby yet no one there to try to help when he clearly was lost in the dark of depression.
Americans dodge such images. We speak far too often in platitudes and avoid such thoughts. But Robin Williams obviously lived a remarkable and very rich life for many years. The news that he was suffering from Parkinson’s took some of the shock at his suicide away. We all live these days in a world of mirrors: everyone has a phone with a camera, and Williams was such a public man. It’s not hard to understand how someone so bright and sensitive–an artist–could reject a future where his physical and mental deterioration would be displayed on line. Who would want to live in that reality? And who would want to hide from the world just to avoid such an invasion of privacy?
My aunt died from Parkinson at 69. The disease took so much of her dignity by the end. And for those who loved her it was really impossible to be of much help after a time. Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS…they’re heartless. Then add the factor of constantly being watched as your body fails you.
A man as bright as Williams would have seen it all quite clearly, I suspect. My heart goes out to his children.
Lowell Cohn has been covering Bay Area sports for more than 30 years and he’s never run out of things to say.