As a child of the ‘90s, Robin Williams dominated my movie watching, from Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire and Jumanji to voicing characters in Aladdin and FernGully. When I was old enough, I got to see Good Morning, Vietnam, The Birdcage and Good Will Hunting. To my shame, I haven’t seen Dead Poets Society yet, but Death to Smoochy remains one of my all-time favourite movies. Even when he wasn’t in movies, he continued to make me laugh. I will always remember the episode of Whose Line Is It Anyway? that he guest starred on as being the best one I’d ever seen.
Trying to put my feelings into words here has left me with a lump in my throat. There’s no easy way to describe just how fantastic Robin Williams was. His passing is one of the first celebrity deaths that have made me feel profoundly sad. I grew up with his work, and it continued through my adult life. It feels like I’ve lost a kind and funny uncle I’ve known since childhood.
So I don’t have a particular question I’d like to pose this week, but I’d like to take a moment to honour the late, great Robin Williams. I’ll remember him as the man who gave me so much, so many memories and so many laughs. I’ll remember him as a father who cared for his family, a clown who made me laugh in order to heal me, a genie who granted my wishes, and a teacher who inspired us all.
Last Updated: August 13, 2014
August 13, 2014 at 10:45
Nice homage Tracy, and appropriate. The man was a legend to me and entertained me throughout my life. Dead Poet’s Society is probably the reason I studied English so thank you Mr Williams.
August 13, 2014 at 10:53
Damn it, Tracy. Stop cutting those onions!
August 13, 2014 at 10:59
Patch Adams was definitely the one movie of Robin Williams that gripped me the most. Many think that it was a comedy, it kinda was, but it wasn’t. Robin really delved deep into the sole and pain of his character and I think that sometimes that was how he really was when dealing with his depression. Sometimes people that make you laugh the hardest, often struggles with pain the most. He was a legend and will always be my favorite actor. RIP Mr Williams, you most certainly left a black hole in many peoples lives.
Alien Emperor Trevor
August 13, 2014 at 11:01
I remember him most for the manic energy he displayed during his stand-up comedy. And for being damn funny, which should go without saying.
August 13, 2014 at 11:42
You know there was a time and maybe still is that I say things to make people laugh and they say I should be a standup comedian or something and being called a party trick and entertaining, but sometimes I would get home and just think how unhappy I was even though no one would ever have known.
I thought a lot on this after hearing that he died and that a man this dedicated to entertaining people was this sad. I feel like I would have wanted to just give him a hug and sit with him. Now I know depression can’t be fixed by a hug, but I just think I would at least feel some empathy towards him and that, that might have helped…
He will most definitely be missed. I was watching The Angriest Man in Brooklyn this weekend and after that I thought to myself that I was excited to see more of his movies come out.
Robin you were a friend to as all and probably that cool uncle for kids who watched your movies. RIP
August 13, 2014 at 13:49
It’s just been raining on my face…