He dedicated his life to making people laugh. Yet, he wasn't happy himself. Suffering from depression, according to news reports, Robin Williams took his own life.
When you reflect back on what he's accomplished during those 63 years, it's astounding. The number of films he made. The television shows. The philanthropy to organizations like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.
As NewsyDad and I discussed his passing, we focused on the laughs he has provided us over the years. I remember first watching him in "Mork & Mindy" growing up. Nanu-nanu. "Good Will Hunting" was my favorite movie for a number of years. How about "Mrs. Doubtfire"? A comedian that could make you laugh so hard you cried, but also provided such emotion as in the case of that movie, that you were brought to tears again.
For NewsyDad, it was some of Williams' earlier roles that he remembers most. And to this day, NewsyDad still enjoys watching "Good Morning, Vietnam" and "Dead Poets Society". While working in Idaho, his colleagues at the NBC affiliate there even interviewed Williams when the Dalai Lama was visiting. When asked about meeting the Dalai Lama, Williams said, "He has a great laugh, which is always a great sign of humanity." Those words now taking on new meaning as Williams, himself, was also a great sign of humanity.
For NewsyKids, their only exposure to Williams' greatness for now is Aladdin. Though we envision that changing, expanding the collection to include much more in the years to come.
What about you? To take you on a stroll down memory lane, we found this YouTube video that showcases his work. What's your favorite clip of Robin Williams?
As much as we will remember the joy he brought into our lives, we would be remiss if we didn't take this time to share that depression and mental health problems are very serious. If you know someone who needs help, please give them the hotline number below.