Last night, I walked passed by my phone on the counter and noticed that I had an alert from CNN. I picked up my phone to see what it said, not imagining in a million years what I was going to read. It stated that comedic actor Robin Williams died at his Northern California home. I had to re-read the message about three times, and I was trying (hoping) to determine that there was another Robin Williams that I just couldn't remember existed that this message could be about.
Unfortunetely, it was the "Robin Williams." I went into the living room with the family, turned on the TV, and the news about his passing was on every channel. I just sat there in disbelief and so much sadness overcame me. Such an incredible actor/person gone.
I grew up watching Mork in Mindy (aired 1978-1982). Tuning in to watch the crazy episodes was something I always looked forward to. His filmography is incredible, starting in 1977 and going through present day.
The movies I remember seeing starring Robin are:
- Moscow on the Hudson
- Good Morning, Vietnam
- Dead Poets Society
- Cadillac Man
- Aladdin (voice of the Genie)
- Mrs. Doubtfire
- Nine Months
- The Birdcage
- Good Will Hunting
- Patch Adams
- What Dreams May Come
- One Hour Photo
- Night at the Museum
- Happy Feet (voice of Ramon/Lovelace)
- Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
- Happy Feet Two (voice of Ramon/Lovelace)
And some of my favorite quotes from movies he appeared in are below.
From Aladdin - "Like so many things, it is not what is outside but what is inside that counts."
From Good Will Hunting - "You'll have bad times, but it'll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren't paying attention to."
From the World According to Garp - "Imagining something is better than remembering something."
From Good Morning Vietnam - "Sometimes you got to specifially go out of your way to get into trouble. It's called fun."
From Awakenings - "The human spirit is more powerful than any drug and THAT is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. THESE are the things that matter."
I will always remember him as a great actor and comedian. I will miss seeing him in future movies or appearing on TV. He was one that always made my "hearty" laugh come out. There will be no one like him again.