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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Bails View Post
    Yes, he was fantastic in that role.
    Yeah, I vaguely remember that, and that he was really good.

    Wow, I opened a news page and saw this - quite a surprise.
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    President Barack Obama: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien -- but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit," Obama said in an official statement Monday evening. "He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most -- from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rand Kelly View Post
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    A tragic end to a great career. I didn't know that The Crazy Ones got cancelled, it's a shame.

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    He was working on Mrs Doubtfire 2. What a shame, but he decided that he had enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    What a shame. Always loved his dramatic roles as well... Dead Poet's Society, Awakenings, Good Will Hunting, One Hour Photo...
    Yes, and The Final Cut, as well.

    Tragic, very sad to hear this.

    Among the many memorable roles he has played I have to mention RV. It was panned by critics, I know, but I thought it was pretty enjoyable, and I have fond memories of watching it several times with my daughters, who were tweens/teens when it came out. Here's a scene where Robin is funny without saying anything.



    I owned a '66 Chevy Malibu for about 20 yrs, and it was actually used as an "extra" in his movie Patch Adams (it was parked on a street in Chapel Hill, NC, where parts of the movie were filmed, but was only in the movie for a few frames).

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    a true genius comes along quite rarely... Jimi Hendrix was one
    Robin was another
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    This is really sad news. I heard he had a bi-polar disorder. I agree he could be a brilliant dramatic actor. I really liked his role in the Firsher King. It's cool when someone dead funny could be equally impressive in a dramatic role. There was so much great comedy for one person.

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    Yeah, he was great in Good Morning, Vietnam...

    "Would Bob Dylan be out of line?"

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    Also thought he was great in What Dreams May Come (I think that's the movie, about the guy who journeys through the afterlife to find his wife).

    He also had a great bit in his stand up routine where he did an impression of Elmer Fudd singing Bruce Springsteen's Fire.

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    I used to see him on occasion coming out of The Last Day Saloon in SF at 1am. He'd be riffing next door until 1:30 at the comedy club next door.
    At a charity tennis event in Mill Valley, Ca., he was hanging by himself before the tennis. My daughter and his friends talked to him and got his autograph.
    Very nice guy. A beautiful soul who touched many, including me. Sorely missed. Thanks for all the joy Robin.

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    too sensitive for this sad bad world -thanks Robin for sharing your life

    RIP -find some peace and rest

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    Sadness.
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    Very sad. He was the first comedian I ever considered a comedic genius.

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    Shocked!!!!

    Of course I never knew him personally but if there was one person I'd have thought didn't take life seriously it's Robin Williams. The 'mind' sure is fragile!!!

    RIP

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    He was in a Law and Order episode once. The guy was incredible, but so was his script.
    I had forgotten Merritt Rook. All I could remember was his role on Homicide:Life on the Street which was also remarkable.

    Watching him over the years I had always wondered what it would be like to live with all the voices he seemed to have in his head. Whatever it was maybe he's at peace now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2steves View Post
    He's been fighting his demons for some time---drugs and alcohol---recently checked himself back into rehab in July---he suffered a heart attack and open heart surgery a few years back--experts say heart disease and the drugs you are on could have made the depression worse---in any case --heartbreaking news RIP.
    I knew RW got sober years ago but wasn't aware till now he had several recent relapses. Likely the dominant factor here. Very depressing news, clichéd but true, he was a joy to millions. RIP ,thanks for the laughter Robin.

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    This one hits close to home for me. My father committed suicide at the same age in '92. I can say without a doubt that is the most difficult thing I have had to deal with in my life.

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    Wuh? I'm shocked.

    My experience of the man was like a force of nature. And I just don't think a force of nature would up and die. Wow.

    I saw him live once, as a child. He did a reading of "Peter and the the Wolf" with a full symphony. I think my mom laughed harder than I did.

    Sadness. R.I.P.
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    I was set to meet Robin one day in 1988 at a charity event. At the event, it was announced that he would not be in attendance as he had entered rehab the previous night…

    Press conference set to take place today (Tuesday) at 11am pacific time. Preliminary reports were that he hung himself in his home. Sad.

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    I'm just heartbroken...Robin was a true original, no one else like him.....and by all accounts a warm and genuine human being. Depression is a deadly disease...and addiction is also a bitch.

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    I was working at Apple in the early days and shortly after the Macintosh began production we had a huge company party. For entertainment we had Jack Mack and the Heart Attack (these guys were a Huey Lewis and the News clone band), the juggling act The Flying Karamazov Brothers, and for the finale, Robin Williams did about an hour long standup routine. I never thought I'd stop laughing he was so amazing. This news is truly shocking...though I thought I recently heard some announcement that he re-entered rehab for his old demons, cocaine and alcohol issues.

    RIP Robin...
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    Quote Originally Posted by WytchCrypt View Post
    I was working at Apple in the early days and shortly after the Macintosh began production we had a huge company party. For entertainment we had Jack Mack and the Heart Attack (these guys were a Huey Lewis and the News clone band), the juggling act The Flying Karamazov Brothers, and for the finale, Robin Williams did about an hour long standup routine. I never thought I'd stop laughing he was so amazing. This news is truly shocking...though I thought I recently heard some announcement that he re-entered rehab for his old demons, cocaine and alcohol issues.

    RIP Robin...
    The demons are a simplistic interpretation of his sitiuation:
    "Robin was very depressed. His TV series got cancelled, his last film 'The Angriest Man in Brooklyn' hardly opened," one insider told FOX411. "He was in a funk."

    Williams starred in the 2014 comedy "Angriest Man in Brooklyn" alongside Melissa Leo and Mila Kunis, which was panned by critics and released to a limited number of theaters in May before going to DVD and VOD.

    Also in May, CBS announced it had cancelled Williams' highly-anticipated television comeback "The Crazy Ones" after just one season. The sitcom opened strong with 15.5 million viewers, but by its final episode had fallen to 5.2 million.

    "That [show] gave him the discipline to show up, to stay strong and keep working," another source said.

    Williams also starred in the Dito Monitel drama "Boulevard," which debuted earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival, but has yet to find a distributor.

    Another source close to Williams' family said that aside from his professional pressures, William's suffered from survivor's guilt and was never really able to get over the loss of his three dearest friends in the entertainment world: Christopher Reeve, Andy Kaufman and John Belushi.

    "Robin outlived them all. He was a sensitive soul who struggled with the unfairness of it all," said the source.

    Williams, 63, died on Monday. Sheriff's officials said a preliminary investigation determined the cause of death was suicide due to asphyxia.

    The actor was hospitalized in March of 2009 with heart problems, causing him to postpone his one-man comedy tour to replace his aortic valve. The actor struggled with cocaine and alcohol abuse throughout the '70s and '80s, but remained sober for two decades until a relapse in 2006, in which he underwent rehabilitation.

    We’re told that alcoholism in particular was still very much a daily struggle for the Oscar-winning actor. In July, Williams once again checked into a rehab facility, which his rep insisted was just to maintain his health after completing back-to-back projects.

    Williams' next movie, "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," where he reprises his role of Teddy Roosevelt, is set to hit theaters Dec. 19. Although it was not a done deal, a sequel to the 1993 hit "Mrs. Doubtfire" was said to be in the writing stages. According to Variety, any plans for that film will likely now be scrapped.

    Veteran Hollywood publicist, Michael Levine -- who knew Williams for 30 years -- noted that while he often talked about his depression publicly in an attempt to help others, he very much suffered in silence.
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