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Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) guest starred as alien Mork from Ork in two episodes of Happy Days and took the role into a highly popular spinoff on ABC-TV, Mork & Mindy, which ran for 4 seasons from 1978-1982.

CareerEdit

Williams established a career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. He was known for his improvisational skills.

After his first starring film role in Popeye with Shelley Duvall (1980), Robin starred or co-starred in widely acclaimed films, including The World According to Garp with John Lithgow (1982), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings with Robert DeNiro (1990), The Fisher King (1991), Aladdin (1992), Good Will Hunting (1997), and One Hour Photo (2002), as well as financial successes, such as Hook (1991), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and World's Greatest Dad (2009).

Williams won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as teacher Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, and five Grammy Awards throughout his career.

DeathEdit

On August 11, 2014, Williams tragically committed suicide by hanging at his home in Paradise Cay, California. His wife attributed his suicide to his struggle with Lewy body dementia.[1]

TributesEdit

File:Robin williams tribute at mrs doubfire house 2014-08-13.jpg

The death of Robin Williams was instant global news. The entertainment world, friends, and fans responded to his death through social and other media outlets.[2]

His wife, Susan Schneider, said: "I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken."[3]

His daughter, actress Zelda Williams responded to his death by stating that the "world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence".[4] U.S. President Barack Obama said of Williams: "He was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit."[5][6]

Broadway theaters in New York City dimmed their lights for one minute in his honor.[7] Broadway's Aladdin cast honored Williams by having the audience join them in a sing-along of "Friend Like Me", an Oscar-nominated song originally sung by Williams in the 1992 film.

Fans of Williams created makeshift memorials at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame[8] and at locations from his television and film career, such as the bench in Boston's Public Garden featured in Good Will Hunting; the Pacific Heights, San Francisco, home used in Mrs. Doubtfire;[9] and the Boulder, Colorado, home used for Mork & Mindy.[10] A book biography was reportedly in development, to be written by New York Times writer David Itzkoff.[11] In addition, a tunnel on Highway 101 north of the Golden Gate Bridge was officially named the "Robin Williams Tunnel" on February 29, 2016.[12]

On television, during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on August 25, 2014, Billy Crystal presented a tribute to Williams, referring to him as "the brightest star in our comedy galaxy". [13] On September 9, 2014, PBS aired a one-hour special devoted to his career,[14] and on September 27, 2014, dozens of leading stars and celebrities held a tribute in San Francisco to celebrate his life and career.[15]

Shortly after his death, Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior all aired the original Aladdin commercial-free over the course of a week, with a dedicated drawing of the genie at the end of each airing before the credits.[16]

On social media in August 2014, many fans paid tribute to Williams with photo and video reenactments of the 1989 film Dead Poets Society's "O Captain! My Captain!" scene.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. The terrorist inside my husband's brain (English) Neurology pp. 1308–1311 (September 27, 2016). . . .
  2. Derschowitz, Jessica. "Robin Williams tributes pour in from Hollywood", CBS News, August 12, 2014. Retrieved on October 29, 2014. 
  3. "Beloved Comic, Actor Robin Williams Dead at 63", NBC, August 12, 2014. Retrieved on October 29, 2014. 
  4. Robin Williams’ Family: 'The World is Forever a Little Darker' (August 12, 2014). Retrieved on August 12, 2014. . .
  5. Alman, Ashley. "Obama Responds To Robin Williams' Death: 'He Was One Of A Kind'", Huffington Post, August 11, 2014. Retrieved on October 29, 2014. 
  6. "Barack Obama Calls Actor Robin Williams 'One of a Kind'", NBC News. Retrieved on August 17, 2014. 
  7. Broadway lights dim for Robin Williams. Retrieved on June 18, 2017.
  8. "Fans mourn Robin Williams at Hollywood Walk of Fame star, autopsy pending", August 12, 2014. Retrieved on August 16, 2014. 
  9. Rocha, Veronica. "Robin Williams memorial grows outside 'Mrs. Doubtfire' house", August 13, 2014. Retrieved on August 16, 2014. 
  10. Bacle, Ariana. "Fans remember Robin Williams at 'Mork and Mindy' house", Entertainment Weekly, August 12, 2014. Retrieved on August 15, 2014. 
  11. "Robin Williams Bio in the Works", Hollywood Reporter, Aug. 27, 2014
  12. Robin Williams tunnel officially gets new signs. sfgate.com. Retrieved on January 2, 2017.
  13. Sacks, Ethan. "Emmys 2014: Robin Williams given emotional tribute by good friend Billy Crystal", August 25, 2014. Retrieved on August 26, 2014. 
  14. "Robin Williams Tribute Special to Air on PBS", Variety, Sept. 2, 2014
  15. "Robin Williams' Life Celebrated at San Francisco Tribute Attended by Family, Industry Friends", Hollywood Reporter, Sept. 27, 2014
  16. Disney Networks to Air 'Aladdin' in Honor of Robin Williams, Hollywood Reporter, Aug. 14, 2014
  17. '#O Captain, My Captain': Robin Williams' fans take over social media with tributes and memorials dedicated to the legendary comic. Retrieved on 2014-11-15.

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