ROBIN WILLIAMS DIED (New Posters Very Welcome)

 

Robin Williams: Actor found dead in northern California home aged 63

Actor and comedian Robin Williams has been found dead at his home in northern California.

In a statement, Marin County Sheriff’s Department said officers had been called to the 63-year-old’s house at 11:55am on Monday (local time) after he was found unconscious and not breathing.

He was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. The Sheriff’s Department said an investigation into his death was underway, but that it appeared to be suicide.

The Oscar-winning actor was known for roles in acclaimed films such as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Good Will Hunting (1997), Mrs Doubtfire (1993) and Jumanji (1995).

Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider, released a statement, saying: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.

“I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief.

“As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Williams struggled with depression and addiction and entered a Minnesota rehabilitation centre last month.

His representatives at the time said Williams was not using drugs or alcohol but had gone to the centre to “fine-tune and focus” his sobriety after working a longer-than-usual schedule.

“Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late,” publicist Mara Buxbaum said in a statement shortly after his death.

“This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams rose to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork and Mindy.

He went on to establish a career in both stand-up comedy and film action, and also did voice work, including on Aladdin and Happy Feet.

Williams is scheduled to appear in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb on December 19, 2014, reprising his role as the statue of Teddy Roosevelt who comes to life at night.

Nominated for three Academy Awards, he won the best supporting actor Oscar for his performance in Good Will Hunting.

He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild awards and five Grammys.

The actor had described himself as a quiet child who overcame his shyness after becoming involved in drama during high school.

In 1973, Williams became one of only two students accepted into the advanced program at the Julliard School – the other being Christopher Reeve.

After his work on Mork and Mindy in the late 1970s, Williams attracted a wider audience with his stand-up comedy, a consistent thread throughout his career.

Known for his improvisational skills and impersonations, most of his career focused on the silver screen.

His first film was the 1977 comedy Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses? His performance in Good Morning, Vietnam earned him an Academy Award nomination.

Filmography

  • Mork and Mindy (TV: 1978-1982)
  • The World According to Garp (1982)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  • Dead Poets Society (1989)
  • Hook (1991)
  • The Fisher King (1991)
  • Aladdin (1992)
  • Toys (1992)
  • Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
  • Jumanji (1995)
  • The Birdcage (1996)
  • Flubber (1997)
  • Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • What Dreams May Come (1998)
  • Patch Adams (1998)
  • One Hour Photo (2002)
  • Death to Smoochy (2002)
  • Insomnia (2002)
  • RV (2006)
  • Happy Feet (2006)
  • Happy Feet Two (2011)
  • The Butler (2013)

Full list of film credits

His unique voice brought the genie to life in Aladdin (1992), with Williams going on to voice parts in Fern Gully (1992), Robots (2005) and Happy Feet (2006).

He earned critical acclaim for his roles as an English teacher in Dead Poets Society, and later as a psychologist in Good Will Hunting, alongside Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

His other films include Hook, What Dreams May Come, and thrillers Insomnia and One Hour Photo.

Williams was married three times, and has three children. He lived with his third wife in San Francisco until his death.

Legendary director Steven Spielberg paid tribute to his close friend.

“Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him,” Spielberg said in a statement cited by Variety.

“He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone,” added Spielberg, who famously phoned Williams to cheer himself up during filming of his harrowing 1994 Holocaust drama Schindler’s List.

Spielberg’s tribute was echoed throughout the entertainment industry.

“I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken,” comic and talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres said on Twitter.

Obama pays tribute to ‘one of a kind’

President Barack Obama joined the outpouring of grief.

“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind,” Mr Obama said.

“He arrived in our lives as an alien but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.

“He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets.

“The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”

Williams struggled with drug addiction during the late 1970s and early ’80s. He credited the death of his friend, fellow actor John Belushi, and the birth of his first son with helping him quit drugs.

“Was it a wake-up call? Oh yeah, on a huge level. The grand jury helped too,” he told Inside the Actors Studio in 2001.

In 2006 his publicist announced the actor had “found himself drinking again” and checked into a rehab centre.

Poll: which is your favourite Robin Williams performance?
The Genie in AladdinClick to enlarge
Armand Goldman in The BirdcageClick to enlarge


Daniel Hillard in Mrs DoubtfireClick to enlarge


John Keating in Dead Poets SocietyClick to enlarge


Peter Pan/Peter Banning in HookClick to enlarge


Dr Sean Maguire in Good Will HuntingClick to enlarge


Parry in The Fisher KingClick to enlarge


Adrian Cronauer in Good Morning Vietnam

 

 

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7 thoughts on “ROBIN WILLIAMS DIED (New Posters Very Welcome)

  1. Director Steven Spielberg added: “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal, and I can’t believe he’s gone.”

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  2. Thank you dear Moonlight for creating this page. I am so sad and shocked today over the passing of Robin Williams. His movies always touched my heartstrings. He was the consummate entertainer. Always with a message.
    These words from US President Obama are so poignant, so unusual and so true:
    “He arrived in our lives as an alien but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.”

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  3. ‘Heartbroken’: Tributes flood in for Oscar winning actor Robin Williams who had not been seen in public for three weeks after stint in rehab for ‘severe depression’ before he committed suicide.

    The legendary comic actor was found dead at his home in Tiburon, California

    Coroner said the cause of death is believed to be suicide due to asphyxia

    An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday on the comedian, who was 63

    His third wife Susan Schneider said: ‘I lost my husband and my best friend, the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings’
    President Obama said: ‘He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most’

    Williams had battled depression and addiction to drugs and alcohol for years

    He won an Oscar for the 1997 film Good Will Hunting

    ‘Utterly heartbroken’: Robin Williams’ third wife Susan Schneider, pictured together, revealed her husband’s death and said: ‘This morning I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one if its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken’

    Robin Williams’ wife revealed that he had died and released a moving statement.

    Susan Schneider said: ‘This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one if its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken,’ she began.

    ‘On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin’s death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.’

    Shortly afterwards his daughter Zelda, 25, tweeted an excerpt from Antoine De Saint-Exupery’s novella The Little Prince which read: ‘You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them… In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night… You – only you will have stars that can laugh.’

    A statement by the Marin County Sheriff’s Department in California said: ‘On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, California. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams.’

    ‘The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12pm.

    Outside the family home in a neighbourhood of low-slung houses with water views, people left flowers and talked about the man who rode his bike around and had a smile and a wave for children on the street.

    ‘It wasn’t like having a celebrity,’ said Sonja Conti who said the actor would often ask about her dog and nicknamed him ‘Dude.’ ‘He was just a normal, nice guy. People left him alone.’

    Another neighbour, Kelly Cook, 50, described Williams as a ‘private man’ who would often be seen cycling around the area.

    She said her children would call him ‘the funny man’ and he would often speak to them when he was out walking his pug called Lenny.

    Last seen: The comedian was last seen in public in June at San Francisco Zoo where he fed a howler monkey that was named ‘Robin’ after him

    Known as ‘the funniest man alive’, Williams fought drug and alcohol problems when he became the star of Mork & Mindy, on his path to stardom.

    He had stayed mainly sober for 20 years but in July he went into rehab to use the 12-step program he championed, this time during a brief stay at a Minnesota facility.

    One of his last photographs: This photograph of Robin Williams was taken in July at a local Dairy Queen in Minnesota during his stay at a rehabilitation facility which he checked himself into for treatment for alcohol addiction

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    One of his last photographs: This photograph of Robin Williams was taken in July at a local Dairy Queen in Minnesota during his stay at a rehabilitation facility which he checked himself into for treatment for alcohol addiction

    Publicist Mara Buxbaum said at the time that Williams had not fallen off the wagon, but was ‘taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud.’

    This year he has six movies either out or due for release and has also been working on the TV series The Crazy Ones.

    Off stage and camera Williams had endured a struggle with personal demons that manifested themselves in well publicized drug and alcohol problems.

    Williams was a close friend of Blues Brothers and Saturday Night Live star John Belushi and was one of the last people to see the actor alive before his death by drugs overdose at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles in 1982.

    The star of Good Morning Vietnam said that experience forced him to evaluate his own wild lifestyle and led to him seeking help for his addictions to alcohol and cocaine.

    ‘Was it a wake-up call? Oh yeah, on a huge level,’ he once said.

    Williams managed to maintain his sobriety for two decades but in 2006, relapsed and sought treatment.

    Williams described his family’s reaction to this relapse in a September 2013 Parade Magazine interview: ‘It was not an intervention so much as an ultimatum. Everyone kind of said, ‘You’ve got to do this.’ And I went, ‘Yeah, you’re right.’

    One of his last photographs: This photograph of Robin Williams was taken in July at a local Dairy Queen in Minnesota during his stay at a rehabilitation facility which he checked himself into for treatment for alcohol addiction

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