Incredible news! Another great actor dies young and unexpected. Robin Williams wasn’t as young as Heath Ledger, but 63 can be still on the peak of his life. It is stated on NBC Blog that he battled demons decades before his death. Born in Chicago, on July 21, 1951, he was one of the most talented actors on screen.
Talented are plenty and the tastes are plenty too. Like Ledger, he won an Oscar for supporting role, but he received it in person. I read (and unfortunately it is already stated on imdb or Wikipedia), that it the cause of death was apparently suicide. “Apparently suicide” means suicide, even for the sake of sensation.
He was one of the best 50 movie stars of all time, and like this small event mentioned in his bio: When “Blame Canada”, a song from South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (released in 1999), was nominated for a Best Song Academy Award, it was him, Robin Williams who performed the song at the ceremony because the actress who sang the song in the film, Mary Kay Bergman, had committed suicide a few months prior to the awards show. You have a youtube compilation with the lady’s voice, so you’ll be more aware of his sensibility.
He had humor. He was that sort of comic who could be everything in the same time. Sad, mad, funny, serious, all together, with the same face, in a few seconds. Nominated for Best Actor three times, Williams only received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting, in 1997, the movie written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who also received an Oscar for their screenplay. He was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the first time in 1987, for his performance in Good Morning, Vietnam. The second time was for his role In Dead Poets Society, in 1989, and the third, for his very significant role in The Fisher King, in 1991. I have to say that my all time favorite Robin Williams were in World’s Greatest Dad (2009), Man of the Year, in 2006, and Good Morning, Vietnam, where I have actually discovered him. I said these are my favorites, but I like him almost everywhere, even in his negative roles.
Here is one of his apparitions on SNL, in a sketch where normally, the person in his position doesn’t have the opportunity to say anything, but he still found it and stole a scene from Robert De Niro and Kenan Thompson.
He was several times in rehab, and last month he went again, for the last time, just to be sure of his recovery. It seems he never totally recovered.
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