Robin Williams Dead at 63
by Justin Cook
Legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams has died this morning at the age of 63. There is no official report about how Williams died, but reports suggest that the cause of death was suicide by asphyxiation as he had been battling with depression for many years. Williams had also recently entered a 12-step rehabilitation period for drug abuse.
Widely considered to be one of the finest and most diverse actors of our generation, Williams was one of the few actors able to deliver the laughs in a comedy as well as give a powerful performance in a drama. His range was incredible and he gave more than 100% to whatever role he played.
His talents were first recognized on Mork and Mindy, a late 70’s-early 80’s sitcom, where he played the title character Mork — a strange alien who comes to Earth to study human life. For this role he was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy, and won a Golden Globe for his performance. Williams’s humor connected with audiences and he quickly became known as a fantastic comedic actor.
In 1987, Williams starred in Good Morning, Vietnam and garnered his first Oscar nomination for Lead Actor. America already knew he was funny, but Williams set out to prove he could do more than just comedy, so he began taking roles as extremely memorable and interesting characters in dramatic films.
Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, and Good Will Hunting were all critically acclaimed films in which his performances were praised. All of those films earned him Oscar nominations and an eventual win when playing Sean Maguire in 1997’s Good Will Hunting.
Few actors have created such unforgettable characters throughout the course of their career. From the lovable John Keating in Dead Poets Society to Dr. Malcolm Sayer in Awakenings to even Daniel Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire, each are unique in their own way.
He could star in fun family films like Jumanji and Hook as well as play a creepy photo lab employee in One Hour Photo. Some even go as far to say that his role as the Genie in Aladdin revolutionized voice acting by the amount of energy he brought to the character.
In Night at the Museum, he played Teddy Roosevelt, and will be seen in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb when it is released, on schedule, later this year.
The world has truly lost an amazing man today, who will not soon be forgotten. We are left with Mr. Williams’ hilarious and powerful performances that will live on in years to come.