Robin Williams was found dead at 63, an apparent suicide.
Williams has been fighting depression his whole life, and -- while the investigation is still ongoing -- it looks like he may have lost that battle. I first noticed Williams the same place a lot of us did, as the weird alien Mork in Happy Days
, which led to Mork and Mindy
(one of about a billion shows that spun off of Happy Days
). Throughout an amazing career, I watched him, often laughing my ass off, but also being blown away when he did something dramatic. Most recently, I enjoyed his usual brand of insanity in The Crazy Ones
, whose cancellation was a huge disappointment to me.
So many roles, but the ones I want to mention in particular are his guest turn on Homicide: Life on the Street
's "Bop Gun," where he played the husband of a murder victim, a heartbreaking, complex, agonizing role that he just owned; and his uncredited supporting part in Dead Again
as a disgraced psychiatrist, a bitter, angry part that was chilling.
I actually got to meet him once, a long time ago. When my parents and I took a trip to California in 1983, we spent about a week in San Francisco, and one day I was on my own, and my 14-year-old self just had
to check out a local comic book store. So I did, and who should walk in but Robin friggin Williams. For a second, I wasn't sure it was him, but the clerk talked to him and he broke into a huge grin at one point, and then I knew
it was him. Turns out that was his regular shop. I always loved the fact that he was a heavy comic book reader (his pile of comics to buy was pretty huge).
We've lost one of the greatest talents of our generation. Rest in peace, sir.
Current Mood: sad
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