Remembering Robin Williams (1951-2014)


Quite shocked and saddened by the first news I heard this morning; the sudden death of a popular Hollywood actor and stand-up comedian, Robin Williams. He was 63. I have just recently saw him on the teaser trailer released not long ago for the film ‘Night at the Museum 3’ set to be released this coming Christmas. He was back on the big screen as President Theodore Roosevelt’s wax character in the movie. Didn’t expect that one to be his last film.

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Robin Williams was a successful and an award-winning actor. Before he ventured into film career, he starred in several TV series back in 1970s and 1980s. I was not even born yet, hence not having any knowledge of his earlier roles in television career. He had also established himself as a popular stand-up comedian, having organized a number of stand-up comedian tours from 1970s till 2009. He had also involved himself into singing and theaters career and also contributing a lot in charity work. Wow…he was such a diversified star.

Perhaps, we got to know more of him from his roles in multiple films. His notable roles in films such as ‘The World According to Garp’, ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’, ‘Dead Poets Society’, ‘Awakenings’, ‘The Fisher King’, and ‘Good Will Hunting’ for which of the latter, he received Academy Award (Oscars) and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was also frequently nominated in Academy Awards for Best Actor; three times from 1987 to 1991 eventhough not winning any for this category. However, he had won Best Actor-Musical or Comedy for his role in ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ at Golden Globes Award. A great achievement indeed.

His other more popular roles were voicing in animated films like ‘Popeye’, ‘Hook’, ‘Aladdin’, and ‘Happy Feet’ as well as acting in ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’, ‘Jumanji’, ‘The Birdcage’, and the three films in the franchise ‘Night at the Museum’. ‘Jumanji’, a 1995 movie about a board game turning to life is a very interesting film which is then followed by a sequel named ‘Zathura’. But too bad, Robin didn’t return in the sequel. I enjoyed his performance in ‘Jumanji’ very much. He was also doing very well as Theodore Roosevelt, a supporting character in the popular ‘Night at the Museum’ movie franchise. I’m going to watch its latest third installment this coming Christmas.

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Earlier reports indicate that he died from asphyxiation. He may have committed suicide in the midst of battle against depression. That’s a very unfortunate dark end to this highly talented actor. I felt so sorry and sorrow just to hear on that. Anyway, I sincerely thank you for all the happiness that you have brought to us through your films. May you rest in peace, Robin Williams (1951-2014).

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

 

 

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