I was awoken at 4am this morning by a text message from a friend who informed me that Robin Williams had passed away. He was 63 years-old. As I write this, most of the international news agencies and media outlets are confirming suicide as the probable cause of death.
For those who did not know the genius of his comedy, go check out A Night at the Met with Robin Williams. It was recorded in 1986, showcased Robin at his absolute best, and won a Grammy. Quite simply, it’s a performance that once seen, is never forgotten.
For those who did not know the genius as his acting, go check out The World According to Garp. Filmed in 1982, it’s a wonderfully subdued performance, and testament to the largely forgotten “coming of age” movie genre – a genre that was rife in the 1980’s and encapsulated the teenage years for most of today’s 40somethings (myself included).
I honestly can’t think of anything more to say. In short, it’s a tragedy that Robin has gone so soon… and anyone who loves comedy, and knows their history, will feel the awful gap in any humour being found this morning.
RIP Mork from Ork
Paul Millard 2014