It's hard not to choke up and be affected by the sudden death of a legendary actor who has literally touched the hearts of many worldwide like Robin Williams. His storied career in film, television, and stand-up comedy is what made him a household name, and for over 4 decades, he has entertained millions around the globe with performances that have made us laugh and made us cry - The true testament of an iconic presence and master of his craft.
The news literally shocked the world, and even after reading the breaking story via Coming Soon early this morning, I still couldn't accept or believe this tender presence from Hollywood was truly gone. He was a friend to many in the industry, and certainly charmed his way to viewers and the general public thanks to his great and fun charisma too.
It's no big secret either that one of Robin's closest friends is the late and great Christopher Reeve, whom the world knows better as the actor best known for portraying Superman in the 1978 film of the same name directed by Richard Donner. Reeve and Williams were classmates in Julliard School, and there would be tales of Chris sharing his blessings and food with Robin when times were going hard for the latter. In fact after Reeve was paralyzed in an equestrian competition accident, Williams was one of the first to visit his friend's side, cheering his friend up by reprising his role from "Nine Months" and making him laugh and realize he was going to be ok.
Those tender moments, as well as the roles Robin Williams embodied were the stuff of legends. He was well known for his time in television as the alien Mork in the Happy Days spin-off show "Mork & Mindy", and through film he has captured our hearts with roles of friends and beings we'd like to consider as good friends to be by our side. He played the heroic Popeye, voiced the Genie from Disney's beloved animated movie adaptation Aladdin, and played the older Peter Pan in the Steven Spielberg directed futuristic tale of Hook too. Williams also embodied the position of mentor and teacher in the films "Good Will Hunting" and "Dead Poets Society", and turned things like laughter, talent, and humanity into a strength amidst great odds in the movies "Patch Adams", "Mrs. Doubtfire", and "BiCentennial Man". There are so many roles to discuss and lay out, but everyone has a favorite and a timeless classic to relate the man and his legacy with to their very own lives and experiences.
So with this, we can only give our prayers, thanks, and gratitude to a man who has truly lived his life to entertain us with everything he had. Thank you and R.I.P, Robin Williams. :(