The world of entertainment has had more than its fair share of shocks over the years, but none will have hit quite so hard for some time as the sudden passing of Robin Williams.
A true giant in comedy and acting circles, the news of his untimely demise sent social networking into overload and moved some of the biggest names on the planet to pay tribute.
They probably don’t come much bigger than US President Barack Obama, who encapsulated the great man’s talents as both a performer and person: “Williams arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.” Royalty also got in on the act, with the Prince of Wales putting into words his own memories of the madcap funnyman: “His irreplaceable contribution to life will be greatly missed by countless people, including myself.”
One of Wiliams’s biggest – but perhaps lesser-known – contributions, was to charity. In fact he was involved in a number of projects, and in 2008 performed at the show We are Most Amused for the Prince’s Trust, alongside other household names such as Rowan Atkinson and John Cleese.
The first proper vehicle for his talents was the US sitcom Mork & Mindy, playing Mork the alien. Movies followed, with 1987’s Good Morning Vietnam really launching him into the stratosphere, while later on Mrs. Doubtfire sealed his reputation as a genuine star.
But as we’ve known for some years now, Williams could do more than just play the fool par excellence. This was none more evident than in 1997’s Good Will Hunting, for which he walked away with the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor a year later. For once that famous rubberface had trouble moving, before delivering a hilarious acceptance speech.
And here at Roobla we’d just like to say, rest in peace Robin Williams and thanks.