My little tribute to Robin Williams

It was during a busy day (yesterday) when I heard about the death of one of my favorite actors Robin Williams from a colleague who casually asked me through Skype if I knew him. Apparently, she had heard from a client too about the news and googled Robin Williams and then recalled who he was.

Me, I didn’t need to google him because I knew him. I felt like I grew up seeing his movies, both laughing and crying to them as well. And like I normally am during deaths, I cried. 

I then went to google and saw news about his death which I didn’t really pay much attention to because my eyes were clouded in tears just seeing pictures of Robin Williams flashing on the screen.

I wanted to write a tribute to him but since I was too busy and too distracted, I couldn’t make one.

I was planning to just re-blog an old post Great Movies to Watch but I just needed to make a more personalized one and something that really required some effort. After all, it was technically my last farewell to him and his final hurrah!

So here it is....

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor, comedian, film producer, and screenwriter.

Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978–82), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. His film career included such acclaimed films as The World According to Garp (1982), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), andGood Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye (1980), Hook (1991),Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). He also appeared in the video "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He also received twoEmmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards.[5][6]

On August 11, 2014, Williams was found unresponsive at his residence in Marin County, California, and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Marin County Sheriff's Office, he hanged himself and died of asphyxiation.

Early life and education

Robin McLaurin Williams[7][8] was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 21, 1951.[9] His mother, Laurie McLaurin (c. 1923 – September 4, 2001), was a former model from Jackson, Mississippi, and a great-granddaughter of Mississippi senator and governor Anselm J. McLaurin.[10][11] His father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams (September 10, 1906 – October 18, 1987), was a senior executive atFord Motor Company in charge of the Midwest region. Williams had EnglishWelshIrishScottishGerman, and French ancestry.[12][13][14]He was raised in the Episcopal Church (while his mother practiced Christian Science),[15][16] and later authored the comedic list, "Top Ten Reasons to be an Episcopalian."[17]

When Williams' father was transferred to Detroit, the family moved from Chicago to a 40-room farm house in suburban Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he was a student at the Detroit Country Day School.[18] In middle school, Williams was bullied and would seek out new routes home to avoid his tormentors.[19] He told jokes to his mother to make her laugh and pay attention to him.[20] Williams spent much of his time alone in the family's large home, playing with his 2,000 toy soldiers. "My only companions, my only friends as a child were my imagination," he said.[21]

Williams' father was away much of the time and, when he was home, Williams found him "frightening". His mother worked too, leaving Williams to be attended to by the maids they employed. Williams claimed his upbringing left him with an acute fear of abandonment and a condition he described as "Love Me Syndrome."[22]

When Williams was 16, his father took early retirement and the family moved to Woodacre, Marin County, California, where he attended the public Redwood High School in nearby Larkspur. When he graduated in 1969, the senior class voted him both "Most Likely Not to Succeed" and "Funniest."[23]

Williams studied at Claremont McKenna College (then called Claremont Men's College) in Claremont, California.[24] Williams left Claremont and attained a full scholarship to the esteemed Juilliard School in New York City. In between Claremont and Juilliard, he attended the College of Marin for theatre.[25] He had two brothers: Robert Todd Williams (June 14, 1938 – August 14, 2007) and McLaurin Smith.[26]

Williams described himself as a quiet child whose first imitation was of his grandmother to his mother. He did not overcome his shyness until he became involved with his high school drama department.[27] In 1973, Williams was one of only 20 students accepted into the freshman class at Juilliard and one of only two students to be accepted by John Houseman into the Advanced Program at the school that year; the other was Christopher Reeve.[28] In his dialects class, Williams had no trouble quickly mastering dialects. Williams left Juilliard in 1976.[29]

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Also, here are some funny and memorable lines from him:

And here are pictures with some of his great lines:

RIP Robin Williams

May your next life be happier than the one you lived here and thank you for the laughs (and tears) you've left us during your journey here. 
You will be missed!

nmed 08/13/14 @ 1:06pm 


  1. While watching a video on a post in my musicology blog, I realized Robin William was actually in the video of the song Don't Worry Be Happy... I wish he had seen this video before he decided to take his own life. I wonder if it made a difference...

  2. Well, his parents neglect and religious upbringing ultimately made him crazy, resulting in a long, drawn out death. Clearly you aren't gonna fix being abandoned by your parents. He had money, access to education, talent, and success and it all it did was delay the inevitable. His parents, dead or alive, should be publicly rebuked.

    1. True..the parents always have the biggest influence on children and it is a make or break deal. However, it still depends on the person itself, some people have the worst upbringing and family experience yet can still live happy and normal still chose what you do to your life ultimately...
      And apparently appearances can still be deceiving, those who seem to live seemingly happy lives are possible those with the biggest of problems....(but that is just my opinion...)


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