Robin Williams 1951 – 2014
Williams dies in apparent suicide. Very, very sad.
Here’s Donald Clarke on Williams.
Williams was my portal to comedy as a child. He approached things with equal parts divilment and innocence. His comedy was never mean-spirited, but prised open emotions, resulting in endless laughs. His eyes sparkled, but there was clearly a larger sadness there that didn’t come to the fore as much as the joy he emitted. His voice was plasticine – moulding and sculpting and wrapping itself around accents and machine-gun-speed impressions. He was an utterly non-elitist comedian and actor: everyone loved him. Granddads and kids alike could appreciate the wonderful emotion of the genie in Aladdin or the brilliant drag in Mrs. Doubtfire.
Here’s Robin Williams on The Actor’s Studio.