Oh Captain, My Captain #RIPRobinWilliams

A doctor, a genie and everything in between: The world lost a comic icon yesterday, his death sudden completely unexpected. Robin Williams, who left a lasting impression on both young and old in numerous memorable turns, apparently took his own life, law enforcement officials said. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.  However the cause of his fate, the world mourns for man that was a part of all of our lives since we were kids.  For me, I love so many of his movies, however, it was Dead Poet’s Society that had the most impact on me as a teenager.  He taught us all how to think for ourselves, to be brave and to do the right thing. It stuck with me all those years.

Patch_AdamsNorth Carolina crew members got the chance to work with him, when Blue Wolf Productions brought Patch Adams to Asheville and Chapel Hill in 1998.

Harrison Palmer was an electrician on Patch.

“He was a true mensch. Very crew friendly. And he always stopped and talked with the fans who gathered around, says Harrison. “For a few mornings when we worked at UNC Chapel Hill, he would do an hour of monologue rehearsals for his upcoming Comic Relief show; trying things out on the cast and crew assembled. Entertainment “on the clock”, how could we not love him?”

Valerie Robinson said years ago she had the pleasure of working with Robin Williams and John Travolta on promos for their movie, Old Dogs at a small studio in Raleigh.

“If there was a moment or two, he filled those moments with laughter,” she wrote on Facebook. “It was such a joy to be there and it was a day where you really could not believe that you got paid to do this for a living.”

“Mental Illness is a disease.  Depression is not something that you just get over after a good cry.  It is a hard road that seems endless.”

Sleepy Hollow’s Orlando Jones agrees.

Others in the business also expressed their love for the talented actor.

Steven Spielberg: “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone.”

Pam Dawber: “I am completely and totally devastated. What more can be said?”

Steve Martin: I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.

John Travolta: “I’ve never known a sweeter, brighter, more considerate person than Robin. Robin’s commitment as an artist to lifting our mood and making us happy is compared to none. He loved us all and we loved him back.”

In public and in his movie roles, he was irreverent, he was quirky, and he made sure that you had a better day. But in private, he battled demons. He is loved.  He is already missed. He was 63.


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