After a night to process the death of Robin Williams it is really sad that he didn't see in himself what the rest of the world saw in him. when he went to rehab a few months ago and took the photo with the Dairy Queen worker you can tell that he really didn't want to be doing it, but he was just too kind to say no. He doesn't look well in the photo, was probably in a lot of pain and embarrassed to be going back to rehab, but his innate kindness just couldn't make him say anything but yes to the awestruck teen who couldn't believe Robin Williams was inside her DQ. Mork & Mindy aired in 1978. So, for almost the past 40 years Robin Williams has been in front of us. He didn't just stick with comedy. The man went to every place he wanted. Stand up comedy, dark dramas, animation. He was everywhere and did what spoke to him. The Los Angeles Times did a tribute to him and to every character he played, and I encourage you to look at that here.
One of the more powerful scenes he did in Good Will Hunting called, “You're Just A Kid,” is below.
I actually got to see Robin Williams perform stand up several times. The time I most remember was a charity performance he did and at one point in the night he did a few minutes together with Dennis Miller and then did a few minutes with Jamie Foxx. The way he could move from one to the other to his own and never miss a beat was incredible.
Below is Robin doing standup on an HBO special a couple of years ago.
Any favorite movies? The things is he could do so many. I'm not sure that any animated character has ever stood out more than the Genie in Aladdin. That he could play super creepy characters or such fun characters. He was in talks to do a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire. That was a pretty good role. I think Jumanji is really underrated and you put him with Bonnie Hunt and they were great.