Robin Williams, Academy Award winner and comedic genius that generated laughter from multiple generations, passed away on Monday in an apparent suicide at age 63. Police say that Williams was found unconscious due to asphyxia around noon at his home in California.
Born July 21, 1951, Williams started his career in the 1977 comedy Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses? but mainly stayed on the small screen before his big break in Good Morning, Vietnam. 3 years later he starred opposite Robert De Niro in the critically acclaimed movie Awakenings which also featured Vin Diesel in his first role. He went on to star as Genie in Aladdin and win an Academy Award for his role in Good Will Hunting. He was nominated for a further three throughout his career.
Williams went from strong to stronger and starred in some of the greatest children films of all time including Jumanji and Mrs. Doubtfire. At the time of his death a sequel to the latter was in the works. He has three more movies due for release: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Merry Friggin’ Christmas, and Absolutely Anything.
If you try to name the top five classics that he acted in then people will no doubt criticise you for forgetting their favourites: Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, Good Morning, Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, Awakenings, Flubber, Dead Poets Society, Jumanji. The list goes on. It’s hard to say which was his greatest film, even to say which were his greatest. This truly great comedian will be missed. Williams leaves behind a wife and three children.