Just a few weeks ago, I watch “The Birdcage” with my Mom. That film starred Nathan Lane and Robin Williams. I remember telling my Mom how hard I laughed at a scene where he was explaining the dance styles to one of his nightclub dancers. It was absolutely hysterical and would make me howl each time I watched it!!
So, when I saw a report of his passing from The Hollywood Reporter, I thought it was some type of sick hoax. Alas, it was true. THE funniest man on the planet was gone…but will NEVER be forgotten.
Mork and Mindy, Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs. Doubtfire are just a handful of films in which the comedic comet we knew as Robin Williams made us smile and look at life just a little bit brighter if only for the few hours we shared with him in a movie theater or television set.
I remember well watching him Guest Star as “Mork” on the hit ABC comedy “Happy Days”. His star power was undeniable and resulted in “Mork” being spun off into his own show on ABC. Williams’ comedic timing was so brilliant and his quips were strewn out at lightening speed, which made it almost impossible for others to keep up let alone duplicate.
His unique take on characters made me laugh so hard that my stomach would be in knots. It’s ironic that someone that brought so much laughter and happiness was so incredibly troubled.
Julliard trained, often times pages of script would be left blank in various projects he starred in as his improv skills were ridiculous.
With all my heart, I hope that Robin and his spirit are at peace. Like so many around the world…my heart is broken and my spirit saddened that he is no longer in the physical realm. However, there is comfort in knowing if I need to chuckle deep down in the heart of my belly, I can always pop in one of his many films or comedy albums and be reminded how Robin Williams was the master at harnessing the power of laughter …in everyone. RIP Robin…your comedy genius lives on in our hearts.