Robin Williams is one of the most magical people to ever grace this Earth. Funny, zany and passionate, he touched the lives of Baby Boomers all the way to those from Generation Z. When other actors or directors in the entertainment industry talk about interacting with him, they have nothing but wonderful things to say. Williams was a positive force in many of our lives and his untimely death two years ago left a big hole in the world that no other personality could fill. Today, on his birthday, we find ourselves reminiscing about the wacky guy who could make us laugh while dressed up as a Scottish nanny or make us cry by playing a child growing up four times too fast.
Though his light may have dimmed, his immense talent continues to shine. There will never be another actor like Robin Williams, and here are some reasons why.
Williams went on to make waves with his role on 1978’s Mork & Mindy, but he never gave up on his stand-up roots. In 1979, Time reported the actor would still do free comedy shows to keep in touch with his fans and practice new material.
“In his stand-up nightclub act, which he does for free, to keep in touch with live audiences and to try out new material, he displays a range that encompasses Jonathan Winters, Danny Kaye, Steve Martin and Daffy Duck. Though always wearing the same costume.”
He didn’t save his stand-up just for his fans. Over the years, Williams became known for doing improvised routines while on-set to lift the energy in his sullen cast mates. In a recent Reddit AMA, Matt Damon shared a touching story about working with Williams on 1997’s Good Will Hunting:
“When everyone started to get tired and started to flag a little bit, he would launch into stand-up. We knew it was original because he was making fun of crew members and pulling them into these bits. It was like 15 minutes of the best stand-up ever that was just privately for us. Everyone would laugh and laugh and laugh and then everybody would get this boost of energy and go back to work. “
When Williams was preparing for Mrs. Doubtfire, he wanted to make sure the outfit was believable. To test out the costume, the actor went to a sex shop to try and make a scandalous purchase in disguise. According to him it went well… for the most part.
Williams’ daughter Zelda posted this photo with her brothers Zachary and Cody on Instagram today to commemorate her father’s birthday. The 26-year-old followed in her father’s footsteps by becoming an actor herself. In the post, she remembers her father by the things he cared about the most and donated to Freedom Service Dogs of America in his memory.
Still not really sure what to do on days like today… I know I can’t give you a present anymore, but I guess that means I’ll just have to keep giving them in your name instead. This year, I tried to help three causes you cared about in one; rescue dogs, people suffering from disabilities, and our nation’s wounded veterans, so I donated to freedomservicedogs.org. They rescue pups from shelters and train them so that they can be paired with someone in dire need of their help and companionship. Thought you’d get a kick out of furry, four legged friends helping change the world, one warrior in need at a time. Happy birthday Poppo. Shasha, Zakky, Codeman and I all love you and miss you like crazy. Xo
The late Christopher Reeve (best known for playing Superman in the late ’70s and ’80s) and Williams became best friends after attending the Juilliard School in New York together. They both discussed the highs and lows of their friendship to the media.
When they were younger, Williams was too poor to buy food for himself and Reeve would always share with him. Williams paid Reeve back in his own way after the 1995 incident that left Reeve paralyzed from the neck down. While waiting in the hospital for his first correctional surgery, the actor recalls when an eccentric Russian proctologist burst into the room claiming he needed a rectal exam:
“I lay on my back, frozen, unable to avoid thinking the darkest thoughts. Then, at an especially bleak moment, the door flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. He announced that he was my proctologist and that he had to examine me immediately. My first reaction was that either I was on way too many drugs or I was in fact brain damaged. For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay.”