Yesterday the world lost a beloved actor and legend, Robin Williams. He died from an apparent suicide resulting from a battle of depression at age 63.
Williams spent close to four decades entertaining people of all stripes, notably playing large roles such as Mork from “Mork and Mindy,” Mrs. Doubtfire (my favorite of his films), the Genie from Disney’s Aladdin, the psychiatrist from Good Will Hunting, and more. He also famously made a guest appearance on Happy Days as Mork which caused the spinoff Mork and Mindy to launch. He was a resident of the San Francisco Bay area and an outspoken S.F. Giants fan.
My stepmother once told me that when she lived in San Francisco she was waiting in line at a bookstore, and the person in front of her handed the cashier a credit card with the name “Robin Williams.” She looked at him and there he was. He saw her for a second, smiled at her and walked away. That was the closest any of us got to meeting him.
He is survived by three children.
Rest in peace Robin. The world just became less funny.
Here are some pictures of his life (courtesy people.com: