RIP Robin Williams

Robin Williams was a genius who took huge risks in his work which made it fantastic. Depression or, maybe in his case depression on the down side of mania is something that seems to go with his kind of genius.

He got an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting but frankly, I think his best role was in Good Morning Vietnam.

And, let’s not forget The Fisher King and The Birdcage, two roles that used different parts of his rare talent for improvisation.

Dead Poet’s Society and Awakenings also come to mind as roles that showed off his unique genius for getting inside both the dialogue and the body language of very different characters.

For me, a fascinating question about creative geniuses like Robin Williams is, in oder for them to take the kinds of risks they do in their work, do they also need to take similar risks in their lives? In other words, can one be an improvisational genius on stage and live a relatively quiet life off stage?

Who knows?

I’m going to miss Robin Williams’ rare genius.


  1. The passing of Robin Williams is such shocking and extraordinarily bad news, Richard. Yes, he was a genius, a virtuoso comedian and by all accounts, and a genuinely nice guy. Like millions of people, I’m sure missing him and remembering his extraordinary performances in films with pleasure.

      1. That was a complex part that tapped his complex vulnerable yet strong core. I loved the “triangle” between him, Will, and his old math colleague, brilliant screenwriting (and they were awarded for it) and brilliantly played.

    1. I was pulling an all nighter last night helping fire a large anagama wood fired kiln so I heard late last night but had no access to anything to record my feelings and I was working. But, after a few hours of fitful sleep I got up this morning, made coffee and felt like I had to post something about this. I really enjoyed Philip Seymour Hoffman as well but it didn’t hit me as hard as Williams. There was something about this guy that really connected with me. He had a vulnerability that really pulled me in.

  2. I do love The Fisher King and will watch it soon. I’m also looking forward to seeing Moscow on the Hudson, Good Morning Vietnam, and The Dead Poets Society and more. I haven’t seen any of those films in years, and it’ll be great to watching them again. This has hit me harder than the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman or John Hughes too, Williams sure touched the lives of people all over the world.

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