The Passing of a Legend
I have loved and admired Robin Williams' work ever since I first watched him as the lovable hyperactive alien Mork from TV's Mork and Mindy (photo courtesy of Darsie, Wikimedia Commons). It seemed that even scripted material became improvisation when in the hands of The Master Improv Artist Extraordinaire! I can only imagine what it must have been like to work with an actor possessing so much energy, skill, inventiveness and intelligence, trying so hard to keep up with his rapid-fire delivery and almost manic vivacity, while at the same time struggling mightily not to completely dissolve into helpless laughter.
And then he went and showed us his serious side - his ability to pull emotions from us, his viewers, that we did not even know we had. I remember seeing him for the first time in a dramatic role, how amazed I was to see the depth of his acting, wondering how this could even be the same person.
Through all of his personal problems, his struggles with addictions and depression, he continued to entertain us, sharing his incredible genius with the world right up to the end. I am greatly saddened by Robin Williams' death, but oh so thankful that we, however briefly, had this bright supernova talent among us.
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