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Robin Williams, RIP
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.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 12th, 2014 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well said!
mycroftca From: mycroftca Date: August 12th, 2014 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
A good friend of mine used to live in the Bay Area, and he told me about attending a gaming convention there.

One of the days, while he was waiting to play in a miniatures bout, Robin Williams arrived with his son, and played in a game near him, bringing his own miniatures to the event.

Always loved that story...

From: archersangel.dreamwidth.org Date: August 13th, 2014 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
....and his uncredited supporting part in Dead Again as a disgraced psychiatrist, a bitter, angry part that was chilling.

that's a good movie all around, IMHO.
liz_dejesus From: liz_dejesus Date: August 14th, 2014 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been crying off and on for the past couple of days since I learned of his passing. I hope he has finally found peace. :'(
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