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Remembering Robin Williams: A Man who Brought Laughter to All

Memorial at Robin Williams' Star on the Walk of Fame
Memorial at Robin Williams' Star on the Walk of Fame
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Once in a while someone comes along that cannot be replaced in the entertainment business and Robin Williams was one of those folks. Robin Williams’ life came to an end on August 11, 2014 and the world mourned the loss of an iconic actor and comedian. Mr. Williams brought much joy and laughter to his audience through his television career, his movie career and his stand-up comedy routines. He was a man of many impressions which was wonderfully displayed in the Disney Animated Film ‘Aladdin’.

Robin Williams was one of a kind in his field, from dramatic roles in films like ‘Good Will Hunting’, ‘Dead Poets Society’ and ‘Awakenings’ to outrageous comedy performances in ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ and the ‘National Treasure’ films. He brought joy to many television viewers back in the 1970’s with his odd character of Mork from Ork in ‘Mork and Mindy’.

The humanitarian that Robin Williams was is seen through the numerous charities he supported. Mr. Williams devoted his time and name to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, St. Jude Children Research Hospital, Smile Train, UNICEF and Amnesty International, just to name a few. He brought awareness to homelessness when he teamed up with Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal to begin the telethons of ‘Comic Relief’ with stand-up comedy performances by headliners in the world of comedy. He supported causes for cancer, homelessness, abuse, AIDS and HIV, poverty, health, human rights, family and parent support, veterans, physical challenges, children, disaster relief, creative arts, environmental and education. Sadly the few causes Mr. Williams was not involved in were the ones that ended his life, mental health or depression awareness.

When one begins to withdraw and isolate, do not hesitate to get involved and seek help. There will no longer be joy brought to the world by one of the funniest comedians in this era but his films and programs will forever live on for future generations to enjoy.