The entertainment world lost one of it’s most loved stars today, with the news comedian Robin Williams had died.
The 63-year old was one of cinemas most recognisable names, following a career that spanned nearly 40 years, and leaves a legacy of laughter and joy for millions of fans across the globe.
Williams stole the show as the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, played the iconic Mrs Doubtfire in the film of the same name and won an Oscar in 1998 for his role in Good Will Hunting.
In many ways, these three films capture much of who Robin Williams the entertainer was. Even his voice was iconic, and his energetic and oft over the top style was a hit with viewers – first in TV shows like Mork and Mindy and later in big screen outings like Mrs Doubtfire, Jumanji and Hook.
But it was his roles in Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society and One Hour Photo that helped set him apart as an actor. Moving beyond the confines of comedy, Williams was soulful, inspiring and even creepy depending on the role.
Even undertaking the slightly soulless pursuit of advertising, Williams touched people with the heartwarming commercials he made for Nintendo with his daughter:
As a result, his CV is one of the most varied of any actors; even helping bring one of American histories most storied characters to life when he played Teddy Roosevelt in Night At The Museum.
His dynamic stand up shows have endured, finding new fans each year as the young grow old and the wonder of the internet help them discover the Chicago native’s best work.
Occasionally close to the bone, Williams rarely failed to get a laugh; but personal battles with alcohol and depression left their mark, and sadly it appears that the latter played its part in his untimely passing.
And while Williams will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the greatest comics of all time, perhaps his most important contribution comes in his tragic death – opening up the conversation about depression and mental illness.
Farewell Robin – thank you for the memories, the laughter and the hours of entertainment you provided this young man as both an adult and a child.
“O Captain! My Captain!”