Actor Robin Williams Dies at 63

August 11, 2014 at 16:24:40
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Robin Williams has died at age 63. How sad. I think the first movie I saw him in was 1993's Mrs Doubtfire when I was a young child.

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August 11, 2014 at 16:32:52
There seem to be suggestions around that this is a hoax - it has happened before to Robin Williams. Best give it a few days just to be certain, although one would think the source should be valid this time.

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His death just being discussed on UK TV so sadly it seems genuine this time. I wasn't so keen on his comedy (possible cultural difference) but admired his fine straight performance in "Dead Poets Society". I've always reckoned that to be a good comedian you have to first be a good actor. That's why I have a high regard for comedians.

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#2
August 12, 2014 at 07:49:13
I was totally shocked to hear of his death, especially death by suicide. You never think of a man that made so many people laugh, suffering from severe depression. He must have been in a lot of pain to give no thought to those he left behind. He was a comic genius and a terrific actor. I loved his movies, especially Patch Adams and The Birdcage. When he and Jonathan Winters to would do an ad lib, it would blow my mind. I think he lived in a place where not many people can go. He will be missed by myself and many others. Nanu Nanu RIP.

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August 13, 2014 at 15:10:00
My first memories of him were his role as 'Mork' (as in "Mork & Mindy").

Indeed, a comic (and acting) genius, but like so many in that field, he seemed pretty driven by his darker traits.

He did have a special relationship with Jonathan Winters - seeing the two of them playing off of each other on a talk show was priceless.

He'll certainly be missed - if you live long enough, most of your icons seem to die off.

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#4
August 13, 2014 at 23:05:10
I never really was a fan of his comedy. It always seemed so. . . desperate with too much Jerry Lewis in it. The guy was talented though, The roles that didn't focus exclusively on comedy were pretty good. I had hoped his new show, The Crazy Ones, wouldn't have many of his spastic routines in it. I watched it once or twice because Sarah Michelle Gellar was in it (come back Buffy we need you!) but never got hooked.

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August 14, 2014 at 06:45:13

"Cocaine is God's way of saying that you're making too much money."
                                                                Robin Williams

RIP Robin

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August 15, 2014 at 13:42:56
grasshopper wrote:

He must have been in a lot of pain to give no thought to those he left behind.

...and how do you know that he gave no thought to those left behind?

Have you considered that perhaps he not only thought about the effect his actions would have on his loved ones but also anquished over it?

Have you considered that perhaps the pain of his own internal struggles outweighed the guilt he felt about leaving others behind?

Have you considered that perhaps he felt that he was doing his loved ones a favor because they would no longer have to be concerned about another relapse or his constant depression or the hardship they would endure as the Parkinson’s Disease wore his body out?

It is not a safe assumption to think that a person contemplating suicide gives "no thought" to those that will be left behind. It is very possible that they are foremost in the person's thoughts and may even be a factor in the final decision.


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#7
August 15, 2014 at 14:19:44
Yes, he really excelled at the serious, as when he guest starred in the seminal crime drama Homicide: Life on the Street (he's there, amongst the notables).

Ah, DAVE, way to work in the Buffy Love.


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August 15, 2014 at 18:46:54
Thanks. I thought you might pick up on that.

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#9
August 16, 2014 at 05:47:18
@DerbyDad03,

You make a lot of good points, and yes, I did consider all those possibilities. I guess I was just so shocked by the news, that I made a blanket statement at the time. There's really only one person who knows "why" and he's not able to tell us. No matter what the reason, it's still a terrible thing for the survivors to deal with.


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