Like everyone, I was very saddened and very shocked with the news of the death of Robin Williams yesterday. Definitely more saddened than shocked really. Unfortunately, untimely deaths of those we adore are all too commonplace. Known for his comedy, Robin Williams was a classically trained actor, rooming with Christopher Reeves at Juilliard. Robin Williams was one of the few people I find extremely hysterical (I have a unique sense of humor and don’t think many things are funny). I can just look at him and laugh. And in a weird coincidence, I’ve known since the late 1980s that Robin is Bono’s twin.
Like most people my age, I grew up watching Robin Williams on Mork and Mindy. It was the third spin-off from Happy Days, which is still my favorite television show today. Williams’ acting career spanned much more than Mork and Mindy though. Some of my favorite Robin Williams’ movies are Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets’ Society, Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire, Popeye, The Birdcage, One Hour Photo and most recently as the priest in The Big Wedding and as President Eisenhower in The Butler. And how hysterical was Robin as the doctor in Nine Months? And what an amazing guest performance Williams played on one of my favorite television shows Law and Order SVU. But he will always be Mork to me.
RIP Robin Williams – you made the world laugh, but sadly not yourself.