A man who will always be remembered with a smile
Robin Williams touched the hearts of so many, from his “Nano Nano” days, to his more recent films like, “Mrs Doubtfire”. For me personally, I can’t help but smile when anyone mentions the name “Robin Williams”. You can just see that cheeky grin on his face and imagine him saying: “Nano, Nano“, shouting “GOOD MORNING VIETNAM” or “My first day as a woman and I’m getting hot flashes.” Williams definitely meant a lot to so many people. His memory lives on as a man who had a special gift to make people laugh.
I believe everybody has a purpose in life, something special they were born with, to give to the world. For Robin Williams, his gift was so powerful that he lit up the lives of people from every corner of the globe. No matter what role he played, his warm smile and spirit could be felt regardless. For so many, Williams was a light among the darkness, his presence on screen and off screen could brighten even the saddest of days. When I was younger, I can remember watching “Flubber”, so many times, thinking it was the funniest, craziest movie out there, and then of course “Hook”, where Williams played “Peter banning”, a business man who has to learn how to believe in magic again. These films will live on forever and that is solely because of the man who starred in them. There is not many movies that have people talking about them years later, even when technology has developed along with better special effects and visuals, but Williams still managed to make such an impression on people that neither he, or his films will ever be forgotten.
Sally Field, who also starred in the movie, said in a statement: “I feel stunned and so sad about Robin. I’m sad for the world of comedy. And so very sad for his family. And I’m sad for Robin. He always lit up when he was able to make people laugh, and he made them laugh his whole life long…. tirelessly. He was one of a kind. There will not be another. Please God, let him now rest in peace“
Williams along side his lifelong friend, Christopher Reeve, became roomies when they were accepted to the advanced program at the Juliard School in 1973. Even off screen Robin showing the kind of person he was by making his best friend smile at Reeves lowest point.
Williams was one of the first to visit Reeve in the hospital after Reeve’s accident. He pretended to be Russian proctologist that was going to perform a rectal exam.
The scene is set: Reeve was lying alone in the hospital with his dark thoughts. Suddenly, a doctor walked into Reeve’s hospital room and yelled
Williams: “Turn over!”
The surprised Reeve uttered
he was paralyzed, and clearly couldn’t turn over. But again the doctor repeated,
Williams: “Turn over!”
Reeve was about to call a nurse, when he realized that this was no doctor. This was Robin Williams. In describing William’s visit, Reeve wrote, “For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay.” He later told Walters, “I knew then: if I could laugh, I could live.”
“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”
Film: Patch Adams (1998)
Character: Hunter “Patch” Adams
“Sometimes you got to specifically go out of your way to get into trouble. It’s called fun.”
Film:Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Character: Adrian Cronauer
“You’re a … you’re a complex Freudian hallucination having something to do with my mother and I don’t know why you have wings, but you have very lovely legs and you’re a very nice tiny person and what am I saying, I don’t know who my mother was; I’m an orphan and I’ve never taken drugs because I missed the sixties, I was an accountant.”
“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give“. Winston Churchill. Robin Williams gave so much joy to sooo many people…