“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world” ~Robin Williams
I’m not even sure where to begin. For most of my life I had people say to me that I look like Robin Williams, and I’ll be honest I’ve always taken a bit of pride in that. I mean when someone compares you to one of your favourite actors, you can’t help but feel a little special. I was never privileged enough to meet him in person, but due to my likeness in appearance, I always felt in my own weird little way I shared a special bond with him.
With a career that has spanned the best part of four decades, it’s hard not to have been touched by his many different performances, whether he was provoking tears or had you rolling on the floor with laughter, Robin Williams in his own unique way became a part of our lives and for many of us he was a bright shining light throughout our childhoods. His remarkable talent to not only be manically hilarious, but also to project a great warmth, a depth of sadness, and a natural frankness all in a matter of seconds has proven him to be one of a kind, and it’s safe to say there will never be another one like him.
While the news surrounding his passing coming as a shock to many, I think it’s important not to focus on the circumstances surrounding his death but the life he lived that saw him bring so much laughter and joy to so many of us. With a career full of diverse roles that captured the many different aspects of the human condition, he leaves behind a legacy of work that will continue to entertain and inspire us as it always has and forever will.
O Captain! My Captain! Thanks for the laughs, the tears and a childhood of fond memories.
Here’s 10 of my favourite Robin Williams films (in no particular order) that I strongly suggest watching!!!
Dead Poets Society
What Dreams May Come
Death To Smoochy
Good Will Hunting
World’s Greatest Dad