I was shocked to learn of the death of one of my favorite actors, Robin Williams. The cause of death is speculated to be suicide. However, as with other beloved entertainers I choose to remember the fond memories they have brought to me and those I love.
As it probably was with many in my generation (Gen-X), I first knew of Williams as Mork from Ork in the sitcom, "Mork & Mindy". Most probably remember him easily from "Mrs. Doubtfire" -- a movie that brings fond memories of a cousin who passed away years ago. Williams is known for many more comedic gems.
While we all adored the funnyman he was, he also was a serious actor with a list of powerful roles under his belt. One of my favorites was his role as the robot Andrew in "Bicentennial Man". This probably is not one of his well-known roles but I adored him in the film. Another favorite, which earned him an Oscar, was the role of Sean Maguire in "Good Will Hunting".
If you were born before 1980, you probably remember the genius pairing of Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, and Billy Crystal for the charity event, Comic Relief. While Comic Relief was about raising money to help those in need -- primarily the homeless -- the highlight was to see Williams, Goldberg, and Crystal together doing what they do best, making people laugh.
This week I am going to do what Williams' wife has asked all to do in a statement released to the New York Times' Dave Itzkoff:
"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one if its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin's death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."
This week I plan to watch the following Robin Williams films that have brought joy to my life:
- Bicentennial Man
- The Birdcage
- The Fisher King
- Old Dogs
- One Hour Photo (I know it is a thriller but it was a joy watching this departure for Williams)
If you enjoyed the work of Robin Williams, which of his films do you plan to watch this week in remembrance of him?