We are incredibly sad and heartbroken to have to even write something like this. Hearing of the passing of anyone is terribly tragic, more so that they’re gone before their time, but it seems so much more painful this time. It can’t possibly be real, can it? Not Robin Williams; not the man who brought so much joy to so many in his almost 40-year career on film and television. For all of us here at Nerdist, Williams was a ball of livewire energy who would explode into a character and create magic through his timing, his way with words, his smile, his heart. We’re all children of the ’80s and ’90s and Robin Williams was and is a huge part of that. He was Peter Pan; he was the Genie; he was Mork.
Williams was more than just a comedian and an entertainer in family movies; he was also a very accomplished actor of drama. He was nominated for four Oscars in his career, for Good Morning Vietnam in 1987, Dead Poets Society in 1990, The Fisher King in 1991, and for Good Will Hunting in 1997 for which he finally won. Those are but a glimpse at the kind of deep and varied roles he took in his over 100 film and television roles. We were always excited when Robin Williams was in a movie, no matter the role, because we knew what his name would mean.
It’s impossible to put into words exactly what someone like that can mean to a generation of young people. Who among us hadn’t seen Aladdin, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, etc. etc. a thousand times? Robin Williams’ boundless energy, deep well of talent, and ability to light up a stage or a screen with his very grin was and is unmatched. The world is a lot darker, drabber, and less exciting today without him.
Perhaps an over-quoted clip, but we’ll leave you with a sentiment that rings incredibly true today as ever. Robin Williams was 63, and he left a very long and beloved verse indeed.
If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, please don’t be afraid to seek help. You are not alone. The National Suicide Hotline Prevention lifeline is 1.800.273.8255.