Robin Williams was the kind of actor that everyone knows, a household name that when you even say it, brings a smile to your face. Across the many years of his career he has taken on roles that we will never forget and that have touched our hearts forever. A constant source of laughter, entertainment and pure joy in a world where joy, is sometimes hard to find. From films that made you think twice to films that made you cry Robin Williams was one of Hollywood’s elite. The world was his stage and he always gave us his best.
A crazy alien visiting earth in “Mork & Mindy”, a voice we will never forget in “Good Morning, Vietnam”, a wonderful blue genie children still adore, an English teacher who inspired an entire generation, a boy who did not want to grow up, a nanny who just wanted to be closer to his children, a loving husband searching to the end of the earth to find his lost wife, a psychologist who taught us all that we were so much more than a product of our environments, with every role only deepening our love and respect for not only an actor but a man. Robin Williams gave us far more than just a smile or entertainment he gave us a gift, a new outlook on life, he gave us hope and inspiration.
The words heartbroken and devastated still don’t begin to touch the feelings I have on losing this legend. I have tears in my eyes as I type, the impact he made on other peoples lives including my own is astounding. Not only was he an amazingly talented man but also he constantly gave back tenfold, he was devoted to helping others, involved heavily with Comic Relief, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. Both Robin and his wife Marsha worked tirelessly with several charities over the years.
His career was full of wonderful moments, too many to share in one article. His movies and characters had the ability to touch people’s hearts in ways unimaginable. There are so many moments in my life that I have distinct memories of my own personal growth because of a film he was in and the character that he portrayed. “Dead Poets Society”, “Patch Adams”, “What Dreams May Come”and “Good Will Hunting” were just a few of the films that left me inspired to not only do better but to be better. Robin Williams was always giving us his best no matter what his own inner battle was. He had talked openly about his battle with alcohol, drugs and depression. His struggles and demons were never apparent to the world outside, but very real for him. While he struggled internally he continued to give, and he unknowingly helped millions of people. People found strength through his characters, they were left feeling inspired, they were taken away from their own struggles being entertained by him and even were left feeling a little less alone by some of the films he was a part of.
My heart is broken for the pain that he felt, for his family and friends that saw his struggle. I can only say thank you, thank you for sharing this wonderful man with the world. We lost a legend but he was more importantly a father, a husband and a friend. Thank you Robin Williams for giving me joy, laughter, tears, entertainment, and for making me a better person. Thank you for being a part of films that helped mold who I am today, films that gave me inspiration, and more importantly that gave me hope. The world will never be the same without your infectious smile. You have left your mark on not only the industry and the world but also many of our hearts. You will truly be missed.
I have shed more than a few tears at the loss of a man I have never had the chance to meet. Robin Williams touched so many of our hearts in ways I bet he never imagined, we grew up watching him, we learned because of him and I became a better person through his work. On screen and off he was a legend, what heroes are made of and it breaks my heart to think of the pain he endured all while bringing joy to our lives. It is amazing how a person can truly touch, in a way that is unforgettable, so many people without ever really knowing them. His work withstood the test of time. It goes to show you that you never know another persons journey or struggles and how we should never be so quick to judge. A man that dedicated his life to making ours a little easier, who spent so much of his free time helping friends and wonderful charities, struggled daily with his own demons. Robin Williams taught us so many life lessons but let this lesson be the one that stays with you, stop judging and start caring, compassion goes a long way and always remember “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas CAN change the world”, let’s change the world and start making it a better place for us all to be happy.
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”
John Keating- Dead Poets society