As part of my usual routine this morning, I flipped on my computer and checked my social media sites. I discovered from Facebook this morning that Robin Williams passed away, and I’m saddened. I checked Twitter early this morning as well, and something astonished me. Almost all of the trending topics were about Robin Williams and his movies. I’ve never seen that happen before on Twitter.
I join the rest of the blogosphere in mourning the loss of this talented mimic, serious actor and comedian. I’ve rarely seen anybody who could mimic other people as fast and as effortlessly as Robin Williams. My personal nickname for him was “Quicksilver”; he could pull out all these other accents and put together a stream of words with ease.
James Lipton of Inside The Actor’s Studio put it best. In an interview with Robin Williams, James asked Robin a question about how he could create all these different characters from his mind. James’ question was: “What the hell is going on in there?” It made me and the audience roar with laughter.
The tributes poured in from all over social media. The Academy’s was the best: “Genie, you’re free.” (For those not familiar with the Disney movie Aladdin, Robin Williams did the Genie’s voice for that one.)
I discovered that Robin Williams also said some meaningful things during his lifetime. As a mini tribute, here are some of them and some quotes from his movies:
You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.
You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe, a harmonic connection between all human beings, everywhere, even the stars.
Comedy is acting out optimism.
You’ll have bad times, but it’ll wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.
Spring is Nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”
Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?
If it’s the Psychic Network, why do they need a phone number?
And my personal favorite:
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
Rest in peace, Robin. Thanks for all the smiles and laughter.