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Remembering Robin Williams: Whose Comedy Brought Us All Together

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The news that Robin Williams has died is utterly heart-wrenching. While details of his death remain vague, it’s immediately clear that the actor and comedian led a brilliant life and touched millions in profound ways. There’s no better way to pay tribute than by watching one of his movies.

Again, it’s inexpressibly sad to look back at the life of a man who made so many people happy, but it’s still appropriate to smile at his genius work. For me, the first movie that comes to mind is Jumanji. I remember seeing it with my friends and mom and dad  on the tv , and looking over to see both my mom and dad crying with laughter. It was a rare moment of togetherness for us, and I’ll never forget it. I’ll never forget Williams, either.

The Birdcage is streaming on Netflix now. And despite today’s somber news, it’s still funny as hell.

“Speechless”: Robin Williams accepts his 1998 Oscar for Good Will Hunting

Robin Williams dead

Here are my favorite quotes:

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.

You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.

I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone. – Robin Williams as Lance Clayton in World’s Greatest Dad

And here are my favorite movies:

Good Will Hunting – Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Dead Poets Society -English teacher John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day.

Jumanji – When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

Night at the Museum – A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.

The Birdcage – A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée’s right-wing moralistic parents.

Mrs. Doubtfire – After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

Source: IMDB

We will never forget you Robin Williams! Thanks for giving us so many reasons to smile!

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. pattii102

    August 12, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    The real sadness is that there were signs,many signs when a person is heading in the direction Mr. Williams did. Was there no one there to help him? I think there were and people just ignored it or felt, “it wasn’t their business” or “out of their boundaries.” Now, everyone flaps their gums on what a great guy he WAS, when I wonder how much of a part they played in his final choice to end the pain in his life. That is what is so sad…

  2. kathleen

    August 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    The real sadness isn’t that there were people that noticed the signs, or that there were people that could have stepped in.. the real sadness is that it takes the death of a prominent figure before the average everyday person realizes, thousands of people suffer the same disease, and still nothing is done.

    The fact that we are faced everyday with everyday people suffering, and unless your name is in a marque, no one notices – and if your name is up in lights, everyone notices.

    The real sadness in “any” death in which the person feels so lost, so trapped, so disconnected is that there are those who can help – but society stands in the way. The strength it takes to smile on the outside, and die on the inside is not a new concept of man, it is just one more concept man ignores until its too late.

    • Cris Nikolov

      August 20, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Indeed, the average person doesn’t realise what’s happening until it happens to a celebrity. But that’s how the world is right now, and that’s a fact. I totally agree with you.

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