Just about two weeks ago on Monday, August 12, the world received the shocking news that acclaimed and beloved comic veteran Robin Williams passed away. He garnered five Grammys, four Golden Globes, two Emmys, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and an Academy Award. Robin was nominated for an Oscar his role in the films, ‘The Fisher King,’ ‘Dead Poets Society,’ and ‘Good Morning, Vietnam, but he won for his understated performance as the pensive South Boston therapist, Dr. Sean McGuire in the film, ‘Good Will Hunting.’
The bench in South Boston’s Public Garden where Robin Williams filmed a stirring scene with a then unknown Matt Damon in ‘Good Will Hunting’ has been used as a memorial to him. Fans wrote in chalk some of his famous quotes, left flowers, notes, and toys around the bench in his honor. However, Gary McLinn hopes to take it a step further.
To honor this comic veteran, a petition has been put together to erect a bronze statue of Robin Williams on the bench, as Dr. Sean McGuire from ‘Good Will Hunting’ as a permanent memorial to him. Thousands of signatures have been collected. To sign this petition, click here.
Having gone to Julliard with good friend, Christopher Reeve, Robin became a street mime until he was discovered and made his first television appearance on ‘Happy Days.’
His career spanned over 30 years as a standup comic, film producer, screenwriter, television and film actor, appearing in 80 motion pictures. Robin is well known for dramas such as ‘Dead Poety Society’ as beloved English teacher John Keating, disc jockey Adrian Cronauer in ‘Good Morning Vietnam,’ Dr. Malcolm Sayer in ‘Awakenings,’ Henry “Parry” Sagan in ‘The Fisher King,’ Alan Parrish in ‘Jumanji,’ and Chris Neilson in ‘What Dreams May Come.’
Possessing the equal capacity to make an audience cry as laugh, he was also known for his wild, rapid fire comedy style in films such as the Blue Genie in ‘Aladdin,’ Armand Goldman in ‘The Birdcage,’ Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire in ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ Ramon in ‘Happy Feet,’ and as Theodore Roosevelt in the ‘Night at the Museum’ series.
Tributes have been pouring in from celebrities paying tribute to him on twitter, Late Night host, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon of the Tonight Show honored him on their perspective programs, often sharing stories of his kindness, humor, and generosity. Having toured around the world entertaining the troops, Robin Williams has also been honored by the armed forces.
The latest news has been that Billy Crystal plans to honor his close friend at the Emmys. At last year’s Emmys, Robin Williams paid tribute to his close friend, comedian Jonathan Winters.
His family has asked in lieu of flowers, to donate to Robin Williams favorite charities: Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, Mohammad Ali Parkinson Center, USO, Challenged Athletes, and Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.