Thursday, 14 August 2014

In Memory of Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Robin Williams (1951-2014)

I never expected that the laughter
would die down for in all my years
that I had never been a fan of
Robin Williams or his huge range
of acting in many of his big-
screen movies that are made with
comical hilarity or heartwarming
drama. He was good of doing 
impersonations and stand-up 
comedy shtick. Until the point that
I realise I grew up seeing some of 
his movies in memories of my childhood. 

Recently, he was found dead at the age of 63 in August 11th. I have previously reviewed only three of his hit movies (minus 'Happy Feet Two'). To see the passing of one of the great comedians, a man with such talent who was able to make us cry with laughter, cry with sadness and cry with joy with his multitude of diverse selection of roles in his movie smash hits. All I have to tell you is that he became an comedian in the early 70s, he immediately moved to television and his first movie role was when he appeared as himself in 1977's 'Can Do It 'Till I Need Glasses'. In 1978, Williams was casted by writer/producer Garry Marshall as the alien Mork in a episode of the hit TV series 'Happy Days' after seeing him in NBC's short-run of 'The Richard Pyror Show'. This alien character Mork that he had improvised with much of his comedy antics such as dialogue or even physical slapstick which lead his Mork to be popular with the viewership. Robin would later play his character again on his new show of 'Mork & Mindy' and would run its airtime on the waves until 1982. That same period from 1978 to the 80s, Williams began doing his professional stand-up comedy and then had his three compilations of his comedic performances aired on the HBO cable network. 

In 1987, he forgoes his acting career in a new level when being cast in a movie directed by Barry Levinson called 'Good Morning Vietnam'. The movie was a worldwide hit and Williams went on to receive an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor. It gained him confidence to go higher up into stardom and would land many of his more complex acting personas like in 'Dead Poets Society', 'Awakenings', 'The Fisher King' and 'Hook'. The first and third also gained him Oscar nominations. In 1992, Robin began doing three voice-overs in two animated movies made from Disney and 20th Century Fox. Namely one of the two results was 'Aladdin', this is one of his roles that he enjoyed the most and was showcased for his talent in doing the voice of the Genie. This cemented the known establishment of celebrities being cast in voice overs. The famed comedic persona of Robin continues heavily in 1993 where he landed a role in a comedy by Chris Columbus of 'Mrs. Doubtfire'. This time for him, he plays as the father who disguises himself into an old nanny, it was also his second major hit after 'Aladdin'. 

Continuing in 1996 where Robin starred in two movies 'Jack' and 'The Birdcage' before the next year he received a part of a drama called 'Good Will Hunting'. Co-starring and getting along together in the feature is a fresh new actor Matt Damon whom both built friendly chemistry during the entire film. After his movie became a triumph, it is time for Williams to win an Oscar of the film as Best Supporting Actor. An award for which he had waited patiently and being dreaming of since 1988. Robin eventually made a few dramatic changes like 'Patch Adams' and 'Bicentennial Man' which were different to his usual eccentric characters. Throughout the 2000s, Robin was still doing steady work when still being cast in movies such as 'One Hour Photo' and 'Insomnia'. He continued to do more comedic and family-friendly work with 'Robots', 'RV', 'Happy Feet' and 'Night at the Museum'. Throughout his career, Robin had the close support and encouragement of his family including his daughter Zelda whom he named after the princess from the video games of 'The Legend of Zelda' for which Rob had been an enthusiast of interactive gaming. It is with great sadness to see such a charismatic and cheerful man pass away. I think this talented man will be remembered from the great legacy of work that he left behind. Take a look at these two career defining highlights of well-known films Williams appeared in the early 90s.

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