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R.I.P. Robin Williams (1951-2014)

R.I.P. Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Unexpected, shocking and tremendously sad news arrives this afternoon. Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams has passed away today at the age of 63. Early reports indicate that Williams may have taken his own life.

Whatever the details surrounding his death, his career was remarkable, with Williams conquering whatever medium he managed to touch — stand-up, Broadway stage, television and the movies. He attended Julliard where his skill was quickly noticed, and within a couple of years of leaving school, Williams would be leading his own primetime sitcom, “Mork & Mindy.” The “Happy Days” spinoff was a tremendous success, and was an early display for his quick wit and improvisational skills. But there was much, much more to come.

It wasn’t long before the movies came calling, and Williams carved out an impressive career with roles both comedic and dramatic, or more often with elements of both. Directors such as Barry Levinson (“Good Morning Vietnam“), Terry Gilliam (“The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen,” “The Fisher King“), Steven Spielberg (“Hook,” “A.I.“), Mark Romanek (“One Hour Photo“), Gus Van Sant (“Good Will Hunting“), Kenneth Branagh (“Dead Again“), Penny Marshall (“Awakenings,” “Hamlet“), Christopher Nolan (“Insomnia“) and countless others all found different shades of his talent in the work. And even in an animated role, playing the genie in Disney‘s “Aladdin,” Williams’ ferocious energy couldn’t be contained.

But the actor showed he could turn off the persona and charisma that made him famous, and fearlessly took on darker roles, often in independent productions. He consistently challenged himself through his work, but never completely left behind his comedic skills that won him a devoted audience. And for these efforts he was honored time and again by audiences and the industry, winning an Oscar for “Good Will Hunting” (he was nominated a total of four times), in addition to two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, five Grammys and more.

Williams’ final roles were in the comedy “Merry Friggin’ Christmas” and in the Monty Python animated picture “Absolutely Anything.” He had been filming “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” but there’s no word yet on whether he completed his scenes for the movie.

Williams was a drug addict during the ’70s and ’80s, but had quit. However, he was re-admitted to rehab in 2009 for alcohol addiction, and more recently checked in again last month where he had planned to stay for several weeks.

It’s hard to properly summarize Williams’ impact, but this video from Peter Weir‘s “Dead Poets Society” pretty much says it all. Williams will be greatly missed.

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Comments

Kitkat

To robin William,
We loves to watch the movies and much more and it's made us laughed,funny and cried too of course Bec u're sooo funny actor around with the actor peoples . So now we're so shocked that u're passed away yesturday 8/11/2014 that's my grandma's birthday that date of aug 11 th and she's passed away in yrs ago since 1987 . So anyway we will never forget u and we miss u and love u soo much in our hearts !! It's made us very very sad Bec u're gone yesturday ! It's harder to let u go and really wants to stays with us more fun!! And u're amazing nice man .. We're love u and miss u !! :-( tears are came out for u !!!! Oxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox always forever the Rivera-church-novello's family

Denis

Never forget you the hero of my childhood, very sad and hard day….. Rest in peace

Carol

Possibly the saddest news I have ever heard.my family and I will always remember this amazing man.R.I.P Robin Williams .Thank you for all the laughs,smiles and cries

Emperor Zerg Rush

I kept reading this news over and over, hoping that it was some morbidly successful hoax that would be followed up with updated reports from Williams himself confirming that he wasn't dead. After a half-hour of waiting, reality finally set in.

2014 may possibly be the shittiest year in recent memory for the deaths of talented actors.

AJ

Very sad.

caro

Quand je disais que c'était un été merdique!
RIP Robin
Thank you for the laughts ,the smiles and the cries

cirkusfolk

Sonofabitch stole my line.

DG

Saddest news ever. In all seriousness I was really looking forward to Mrs. Doubtfire 2, the first one was my favorite movie when I was a kid and him being gone now is just soooo sad

KT

"Welcome to Hollywood, don't let this town ruin you."

R.I.P.

Lou

Thanks for the memories.

dfartz

Rest in peace, genius. thanks for all the laughs.

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