A tribute to a genius: Robin Williams

Robin Williams winning the Oscar for the Supporting Role in 1997

Yes, after the death of P. S. Hoffman at the beginning of this year, another movie and stage genius left this world.

Robin Williams, 63, was found dead today at his home in Northern California. According to the police officials it was a suicide. I bet that not a person in the world, especially those who followed his movie career, could even imagine that Robin and suicide will ever appear in the same sentence.

Before stepping into the film industry, Williams was a well-known stage actor. He started his career at the beginning of the 70s. One of his most memorable performances came later in the 80s, including  “An Evening With Robin Williams” in 1982 and  “Robin Williams: At The Met” in 1986.

Robin Williams had his first major film role in a 1977 comedy “Can I Do It ’till I Need Glasses?. Yes, he will be remembered by his comedy roles for sure, but I believe he was a part of something much more than just a comedy. Robin had the ability to remake a movie into another genre in just a second. And let’s not forget, his drama roles brought him the nominations, and an Oscar, not the comedy ones.

Williams was nominated for an Oscar four times, and won only once for the legendary supporting role of a psychologist in “Good Will Hunting”. And now, when we rewind a bit, isn’t it still inexplicable how this man wasn’t awarded an Oscar in 1988 for “Good Morning, Vietnam”. Or even “Fisher King”?

His last role was in the third “Night at the Museum”, which is set to be released in December this year. He was also set  to reprise one of his most famous roles as “Mrs. Doubtfire” in the sequel of this legendary 90s comedy.

Robin, thank you for all of the amazing roles you played and for everything you contributed to the film industry. All those characters you portrayed would not be the same if it was someone else. Thank you again.


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