Robin Williams has reportedly died
We will update this later with more information but it is with great sadness that we report that Robin Williams has reportedly died.
Not only did he have many geek friendly roles himself, including Mork from Ork and the Genie from Aladdin, he promoted Jonathan Winters, one of the great absurdist comedians.
There was nobody like Robin Williams
Robin Williams, on the other hand, was like everybody…even you…at least for a few seconds.
That was part of the genius of Robin Williams…the ability to bounce from personality to personality, at lightning speed.
In fact, the improv artist was so fast that a sibling of mine accidentally played
on the wrong speed for a few minutes without realizing it.
Williams shot to fame with a guest spot on Happy Days as the alien, Mork from Ork. The wacky Mork was such a hit that Williams was given the series Mork & Mindy (and also played the character on Out of the Blue, and voiced a cartoon version).
Recognition as a serious actor would come later, with an Oscar for Good Will Hunting and three other lead nominations (Good Morning, Vietnam; Dead Poets Society; and The Fisher King), but we geeks can proudly count Robin Williams as one of our own.
I was also impressed with how he took steps to further the career of one of his idols, the equally unique Jonathan Winters.
Geek friendly roles include:
- Popeye (in Robert Altman’s live action movie)
- Faerie Tale Theatre (as the frog prince)
- Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (as the King of the Moon)
- Dead Again (directed and starring Kenneth Branagh)
- Shakes the Clown (a Bobcat Goldthwait vehicle)
- Hook (as Peter Pan, opposite Dustin Hoffman’s Captain Hook and Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell)
- Ferngully: The Last Rainforest
- Being Human
- In Search of Dr. Seuss
- Bicentennial Man
- A.I. Artificial Intelligence
- Happy Feet (and sequel)
- Night at the Museum (playing Teddy Roosevelt…Williams would return to the role in sequels)
Post production work on Absolutely Anything, directed and co-written by Terry Jones, and starring Kate Beckinsale, Simon Pegg, Joanna Lumley, Rob Riggle, Eddie Izzard, and the Monty Python (Gilliam, Cleese, Idle, Palin, and Jones) is in process.
Good-bye, Robin Williams…the world is less frenetic (and less creative) without you.
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