Robin Williams will forever be associated with comedy. Anyone who knew of him and watched his films will always have their favorite memories of the actor who taught everyone to laugh. Films like ‘The Birdcage’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ and the recent ‘Night at the Museum’ series are reminders of his ingenuity in-front of the camera.
Williams would appeal to adults and children alike, which is why it’s difficult to fathom him taking his own life. According to CNN, the Oscar-winning actor was suffering from depression. One of the funniest actors in Hollywood, it appears Williams was not be able to cure himself with his own brand of comedy.
One of his last appearances will be as President Theodore Roosevelt in ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ which is slated for release in December, later this year.
According to the LA Times, a few other Williams-starring projects are also slated for release including: ‘Absolutely Anything’, ‘Boulevard’ and ‘Merry Friggin’ Christmas’. His most recent film role was in the film ‘The Angriest Man in Brooklyn’ which released in May, to generally unfavorable reviews.
The 63-year-old actor was considered to be in the same league as legendary comics Steve Martin and the late Richard Pryor, whom he considered his mentor. Martin took to the popular micro-blogging site Twitter to express his grief tweeting, ‘I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.”
Even US President Barack Obama, reportedly one of his biggest fans, took time out of his busy schedule to honor one of the funniest men in America saying, “Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most.”
There can be no better way to sum his life and career, than this. Rest in Peace Robin Williams… May your laughter live on forever through the medium that is film.