This is one that comes as a deep shock to me. Robin Williams was an actor I grew up watching. In my youth it was his antics on; Mork and Mindy, his work on Aladdin and also how could we forget Mrs Doubtfire, he was a great source of comedy. As I grew older I was always pleased to see him in other darker roles, One Hour Photo and What Dreams May Come would be my two favourite. He was an incredibly versatile actor, combine that with someone who in interviews was not only witty and charming but also candidly honest about his flaws.
His comedy and his honesty where the things that touched us all, with messages from not all over the acting world but sports stars and even Barack Obama expressing their feelings of loss;
“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind.
“He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most.” – US President Barack Obama.
I feel that it’s probably the best way to describe him. Williams had a way of just making a role his own and yes comedy is where many of us grew to love him but he had so much more depth and it shone through in all his performances. He was someone who had character and drew a lot of respect towards himself from others; there is a lot to be said about a man like that.
Little known fun fact about the man he was also a proud nerd like many of you readers, he liked Zelda, Neon Genesis Evangelion and even played D and D. So anyone rolling the dice in 5th edition this week just know that you’re in good company.
Mr Williams you were a huge part of all our lives, even if many of us never met you, the work you did greatly affected us all and everyone in the Nerdgeist office feel like we have lost something. That would be his greatest legacy that people all over the world will be putting on their copies of Jumanji, Good Will Hunting or any of his movies and just remembering a great man.
And just to end it appropriately here is a few quotes from the great man.
This one is one of my favourites:
You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.
Just great advice:
Never fight with an ugly person; they’ve got nothing to lose.
Never forget this one:
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
And finally one to always draw inspiration from:
When you have a great audience, you can just keep going and finding new things.