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Tragic news if true. RIP
a born clown. richly entertaining gentleman. rip
Great comic back in his day, love his golf sketch
there's too many good people dying this year.
his death was already tragic, but the possibility of suicide is even worse.
As a 90's kid he brought much entertainment; Hook, Flubber, Jumanji, Mrs. Doubtfire and Patch Adams were all pretty awesome as a young'un. Some really funny and emotive stuff.
Links to your favourite sketches/routines below please:
Here's him on golf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcnFbCCgTo4
I expect he's saved thousands of peopke from feeling as low as he did. Terrible that he couldn't save himself. Rip.
It'd be hard to have grown up in the 90s and not have some really fond memories of his movies. Will always have a very big soft spot for Mrs Doubtfire, and of course, Goodwill Hunting and Aladdin are classics.
Thought he was an absolute legend as a kid. RIP fella.
Robin Williams film marathon this weekend I think.
him and a few other people made me happy when i was little. like a few nice words from him in a film made me feel really nice
the ability to make an entire generation of kids happy... that's a pretty special gift to the world, whichever way you look at it. wouldn't generally think of actors in that way.
Mork and Mindy is one of the first TV programmes I remember watching growing up, loved him in that. If it's true sad that he felt he should end his own life.
I hope it wasn't suicide but can't say I'd be that shocked if it was, there was always quite a tangible sadness behind his manic silliness. As many are saying here, some great films and a very talented stand-up.
darker side to his life than his comedies let on (Insomnia, One Hour Photo, The Night Listener, etc.). I think you could see in Dead Poets and GWH a genuinely humane person there.
I think I'll remember him for Hook more than anything, not sure it's a great film by objective standards but it's so engrained in my childhood....
Shame it's not repeated or shown often nowadays. It's so much better than most of the US sitcoms that channel 4 show as well as it's trickle down TV stations show. He was a brilliant comic actor.
for a week as a kid, and Mork and Mindy was the one show me, my brother and my Nan watched together and we all found absolutely hilarious, bridging a 60 or 70-year age gap I guess.
Brilliantly funny man.
At least he is no longer suffering and is at peace. I thought he could pull through but it's another one lost to the terrible affliction. :-(
Genuinely don't know how to process this. He taught me more than any other person that being weird was OK.
Being weird is the best thing about us. :)
I just rewatched Insomnia last week and made my gf watch his episode of Louie the other day. He had an incredible talent for comedic and dramatic acting.
2014 has been a fucking brutal year for celebrity deaths.
Does alcoholism alone cause suicide?
I figured the alcoholism was a symptom of depression.
I could be wrong.
But it gets to the point with a lot of addictions where ending your life seems a better option than living with the addiction and all that goes with it.
i was profoundly obsessed with this man and his films when I was a wee kid, so much so that I actually tried to make my own flubber out of blu tac, hand wash and talcum powder. i was so pleased with myself that I sent a letter via airmail simply to "robin williams, florida" to tell him all about it and invite him over for a celebratory dinner :D
i can't tell if this is some sort of impenetrable DiS in-joke or if people are genuinely smiling :(
Welling up at the same time actually.
You writing to 'robin Williams, Florida' to invite him to a celebratory dinner :)
which will seem a bit odd now.
hes also good in Dead Again,
really shame this
"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."
more brilliance here:
this is the first time i've been sad at an actor dying. he was more than that :(
Good Will Hunting has always been my favourite film. Those scenes between Robin Williams and Matt Damon are some of the best bits of writing and wonderfully acted. I dont usually feel much when celebrities died but genuinely feel sad about this.
"It's not your fault" says so much about the film, the writing and the performance. It says everything.
When talks about his farting wife, you can see the camera moving up and down...apparently because the cameraman was laughing so hard.
The media will talk about suicide for about 24 hours, then it will become taboo again and no one will mention it, brush it under the rug.
So insanely sad about this, as people have said upthread, having grown up with his films he was a huge influence on me, one of those universally loved actors, seemed like a genuinely great guy.
It's a pretty heartbreaking read now.
My best memory of his work is my dad almost laughing himself sick during the second part of Aladdin after sitting like an absolute funeral through the first part.
He was as close to a true clown as I've ever really experienced - so naturally able to make kids laugh, but never far from the edge of tragedy which truly makes comedy - as someone mentioned up there, his turns in Insomnia and One Hour Photo are brilliant. You could see in his big, rubber face every time you saw it that he really understood comedy, even if a lot of the time his material was crude. It hurts to know he's gone.
kind of wish i hadn't. hearing him talk about suicide and depression in the manner that he does is pretty much the saddest thing.
the joke stealing stuff seems so trivial and unimportant now
re-uploaded with an intro from maron
IHe stood out as a special actor in what in my opinion was the greatest era of filmmaking, and that's not just a generational thing, but the mid-80s-mid-90s genuinely provided so many brilliant, accessible films which won't be forgotten. A good egg, aye.
Dead Poets Society is a personal favourite, ditto Aladdin.
Still too many soundbites on the news this morning saying stuff like: 'Why? He had everything and was so funny'. Hopefully if one small positive can come from this it is that more people will realise that depression/addiction are illnesses and start to understand them and those that suffer them
Completely ripping the piss out of him for the whole episode. You know, where they do exaggerated impressions of celebrities, and then literally explain the joke they're trying to get across to their audience of 14 year olds.
I would miss adam sandler
Seems it was just severe depression. But you already knew that.
Seemed like a genuinely god guy.
Top 5 films
Worlds Greatest Dad
1 Hour Photo
Good Will Hunting
Great in his episode of Louie too.
Wish I had a copy of Awakenings to watch. His and De Niro's finest hour, IMO.
Don't give me this crap.
He's famous for his comedy roles more than anything but for me Dead Poets Society will always be his best film. "Inspirational" is a laughably overused word on the internet these days but that film genuinely is. Can't think of a better tribute than that final classroom scene.
is the bat in Fern Gully. Watched that so many times when I was younger.
"I need LIFT!"
Going to binge on movies this weekend I think.
Aladdin, Hook, the Birdcage, Good Will hunting, Jumanji, Toys, Mrs. Doubtfire...
There are so many more too that I'd love to re-watch. :(
is the sheer volume of very good work that he left behind. There are anything up to a dozen film performances that are either great or career defining, plus his stand up comedy, plus his role in Mork and Mindy. He packed a hell of a lot in. His other, rather sad claim to fame is that he was the guy who supplied John Belushi with the drugs that he overdosed with. A full life, if not an always happy one.
Just recently I was telling someone that his Genie in Aladdin is one of the most entertaining characters in any film ever. And Hook will forever have a special place in my heart, bangarang :(
Also, the way the doors on the Circle/H&C/Met line play the first two notes of the Hook theme song will now be tinged with sadness every time I hear it.
and paved the way for all the great stuff that followed and all because of his genie, a fucking brilliant performance.
And it's a testament to his talent that he could play great fun, inspirational characters like the genie, and Adrian Cronauer to the deeply creepy and unsettling Sy Parrish in One Hour Photo. Helluva talent! :(
It was relatively unheard of for a big Hollywood star to voice a cartoon character. After that, every actor worth their salt wanted a piece of the action.
And Eddie Murphy as well
Rather than getting someone in to read the lines for the character he came in to really act the character instead, bringing his own personality and - as you would expect from him - a whole lot of his own ad-lib lines.
Which is why rather than having 'Robin Williams is the voice of Genie' we actually have 'Robin Williams IS Genie', which is a massive difference.
I think v/o artists since have had a lot more input in shaping the characters than they did before.
although I think it's ace. Anyway his episode of Inside the Actor's Studio is absolutely fantastic, interesting and hilarious.
It gave one woman in the audience a hernia from laughing so hard.
Give it a watch, bet you can't guess which woman got the hernia...
Simply because Williams improvised so many of his own lines.
Hearing things like that bring a wee smile to my face but still a sad, sad loss.
they do the voices first and then animate it
just gonna write a letter of apology to you all...
You're just... wired up a little differently to other boys
was the phrase I think they described it with.
sorry thats weird
I just told my mum, my voice faltered a bit and I shed a few tears when I did, I figure I'd forgotten or never realised how much he meant to me.
first time I ever went to the cinema, I saw Jumanji. think I had wanted to see Space Jam but it wasn't out yet. lucked out, there.
I've been a little taken aback by how affected some people seem to have been by it (including my wife): I guess he meant a hell of a lot more to people growing up in the 90s than I realised. I'm a bit older so never watched Mrs Doubtfire; Jumanji; Aladdin; Flubber etc and was never really a fan of his schmaltzy 80s stuff. But I loved the Louie episode with him in and a lot of people clearly found him very very funny.
I think I've come to expect mawkish outprouings of grief when certain celebrities fie, but this seems quite heartfelt in most cases and less bandwagonesque.
His vulnerability made him quite accessible as a celebrity- you could imagine having a drink with him quite easily and laughing endlessly. It's very tragic that his vulnerability was so very much more extremen than perhaps many imagined, hence the shock but ultimately perhaps not much surprise at this outcome to his life.
and very vulnerable. Who knows whether or not that was in itself an act, but he was undoubtedly an incredible comic and acting talent.
It's very sad that, even with access to goodness what level of resources (was he not back in the betty ford again last month) that he still saw this as the only way out. When to lok at his life (stellar career, wealth, great kids, beautiful- new- wife) it must have looked like he had everything to live for. Sometimes the brain's chemistry just doens't work that way. It terrifies me frankly.
was great in Good Will Haunting
(I have never seen GWH, going to try and watch it this week while I remember to do so.)
Worth catching up with his work in Night at the Mausoleum 1&2 as well
And let me be the first
To let you know I'm sad
In fact I feel the worst
My experience was unique
I did love them the best
And don't you know that I
Will never again rest
I've taken all the films
And by god! I'll be
The first to let them know
I'll take this day off work
Maybe the week too
I'll watch and listen, write and pray
And maybe you will too
A celebrity Has Died
But maybe all these words
Are wasted pointless thoughts
And all that's really worth
Is to take a second, take a minute, take an hour or two
And think about what they have done for all, for me and you
Don't say a word, don't write, don't clamour to tell
They are gone now, their magical spell
But silent! No words! They mean nothing now
Been in literal tears at my desk sobbing relentlessly since I found out. What a terrible loss to the world. Going to put 'Rock DJ' on later in memory of the great man.
That photo with the accompanying sentiment. Heartbreaking.
Those with mental illnesses will continue to be spat on, ignored, made homeless & beaten by cops. The media needs to speak out on this, and maybe his death could contribute as much as his life did, but I highly doubt it will tbh which is so sad. We're in dire need of changing our approaches to alcoholism and depression.
I wonder about the conscience of the folk who work there
Goes against all the Samaritans best guidance on reporting suicides: http://www.samaritans.org/media-centre/media-guidelines-reporting-suicide/advice-journalists-suicide-reporting-dos-and-donts
Though I think the Metro is especially bad as a free paper.
It was something drummed into me when I did journalism training that you never reported details of a suicide, and I've sat through many unpleasant inquests and seen how seriously editors take it.
This is really interesting on reporting of suicides- remember reading it last year: http://www.newstatesman.com/media/2013/06/reporting-suicide-journalists-must-resist-temptation-make-it-better-story
and ongoing learning of journalists and editors.
Nuke the site from orbit.
A lot of stupid people buy the paper/go on the website, and while the PCC is utterly toothless.
Endless speculation and pictures of the deceased looking sad.
a net on Sky Atlantic now.
every shitty newspaper today had really unpleasant front pages on this.
due to abuse.
I know twitter is a hotbed of staggering douchebaggery but abusing the daughter of a man who just killed himself?!
This fucking world.
Always going to be trolls who just want to be dicks and get a reaction sadly.