O Captain, my Captain…..
Today I learned the news that Robin Williams was dead at 63. There is shock not just in Hollywood but around the world. He is an icon and legend who has touched so many lives. He has made us laugh with his gift of improvisation and comedy. He was a true funnyman.
He was a genie, an alien, a psychologist, an English teacher, a homeless man, and so many more characters we’ve known over the years. His movies are too numerous to list but some include: Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), The Birdcage (1996), Good Will Hunting (1997), Patch Adams (1998), What Dreams May Come (1998), and Night at the Museum (2006).
He burst into our living rooms with his beloved character Mork in Mork and Mindy (1978-1982). He recently returned to television with The Crazy Ones (2013) with Sarah Michelle Gellar.
In 1997 he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Good Will Hunting (1997). In addition he has won Golden Globes for Mork and Mindy (1978), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), The Fisher King (1991), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), and Aladdin (1992). In 2005 he was awarded The Cecile B. Demille Award. It doesn’t stop there. He has won Grammy’s and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Thank you, Robin McLaurin Williams for your extraordinary talent and life. Your films will always live on.