We all know Robin Williams’ successful career which begun with the role of Mork on TV’s Happy Days (1978-1979) and took off on Mork & Mindy (1978-1982). Robin Williams’ transition from television to the Big Screen seemed effortless and the smashing triumph of Good Morning Vietnam (1988) affirmed his status as a film actor. In 1989 Williams regaled us with Dead Poets Society. 1993 brought us Mrs. Doubtfire. 1997 Good Will Hunting. 1998 Patch Adams….
Robin Williams was hard at work and his schedule was always filled. Television’s “The Crazy Ones” didn’t fulfill its promise but just last summer Robin portrayed Dwight Eisenhower in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”. In the upcoming “Night At the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” (scheduled for release this coming holiday season) Robin Williams reprised his role as Teddy Roosevelt… We’ll see him also in another film which he’s completed, “Merry Friggin’ Christmas,” which is planned for release in November.
Robin Williams has proven the versatility of his talent as a dramatic actor and one of the world’s most brilliant comedians. He received nearly every award of the entertainment industry. His work earned him four Golden Globes, five Grammys, two Emmys and two SAG Awards.
Having three Oscar nominations for his performances in Good Morning Vietnam, The Fisher King and Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams received the prestigious Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Good Will Hunting in 1998.
Family, friends, entertainment industry insiders and yes, fans are all equally stunned by the loss. Everybody, including the President of the United States, expressed their high regard for Robin Williams the artist and the man. Robin Williams wasn’t “only” a comedic genius but also a survivor: he overcame substance addiction and survived a major heart surgery… He had the priceless ability to laugh at life and at himself.
Even though his artistic legacy survives him, we won’t be laughing the priceless belly-laugh Robin Williams bestowed on us so generously, for quite a while… Instead, we’ll be wondering what caused the energetic, easy going, happy-go-lucky actor to give up on life.