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  1. 12 Aug '14 01:21
    Robin Williams (1951-2014), an American actor and comedian, has been
    found dead at his home in Tiburon, California. A local sheriff said that the
    initial evidence suggests 'a suicide due to asphyxia'. In a brief statement,
    his publicist said that Robin Williams has been suffering from 'severe depression'.
  2. 12 Aug '14 03:05
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    Robin Williams (1951-2014), an American actor and comedian, has been
    found dead at his home in Tiburon, California. A local sheriff said that the
    initial evidence suggests 'a suicide due to asphyxia'. In a brief statement,
    his publicist said that Robin Williams has been suffering from 'severe depression'.
    Asphyxia?

    Who knew that porn kills?

    I know, I know, that was in bad taste, but then, Robin would want us to find a way to laugh wouldn't he?
  3. 12 Aug '14 03:06
    This just in, Bobin was found with the book, "Audacity of Hope" lying next to him.

    Very sad.

    That's why I say never judge. You just don't know if you might do the same.
  4. Standard member ChessPraxis
    Cowboy From Hell
    12 Aug '14 03:27
    Originally posted by whodey
    Asphyxia?

    Who knew that porn kills?

    I know, I know, that was in bad taste, but then, Robin would want us to find a way to laugh wouldn't he?
    Timing is everything in comedy.
    Too soon bro.
  5. 12 Aug '14 03:35
    Originally posted by ChessPraxis
    Timing is everything in comedy.
    Too soon bro.
    Do we wait for the embalming stage or the worm stage?
  6. Subscriber FMF
    Main Poster
    12 Aug '14 05:24 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by whodey
    I know, I know, that was in bad taste, but then, Robin would want us to find a way to laugh wouldn't he?
    I have a feeling Robin Williams would have made jokes about internet creatures like yourself rather than laugh at your "jokes".

    Williams made me laugh out loud too including many of his talk show appearances ~ which I have seen on YouTube ~ in some of which he made hard-hitting points about the reality of alcoholism that have lodged in my brain and affected my world view with his edgy candid humour in a way that perhaps half a dozen well made documentaries could not quite equal.

    In a way that is not wholly unrelated to that, he had the ability to touch me with his 'serious acting' too thanks to the material he chose to commit to as an artist, but also because he had some inner facility to deliver performances that had emotionally valid information deep within them.

    The same can be said for a lot of what came out of his mind in his rapid fire comedic style.
  7. Standard member ChessPraxis
    Cowboy From Hell
    12 Aug '14 05:26
    Originally posted by whodey
    Do we wait for the embalming stage or the worm stage?
    ...2 ...3 ...4
    I will wait for the great stage in the sky.
    (I almost made a joke comment, but IMO it's still too soon)
  8. 12 Aug '14 06:35
    I wish he had done way more serious stuff and way less comedic stuff. I have a feeling he was hiding his personal problems under the cloak of comedy (which might be true for a lot of comedic actors) and that he was overcompensating.

    When he did serious roles, he was brilliant.

    It's sad that depression can do this to people.
  9. Standard member menace71
    Can't win a game of
    12 Aug '14 06:58
    Sad .....proves respect ....money....power.....whatever can't always save a tormented soul ....


    Manny
  10. Standard member caissad4
    Child of the Novelty
    12 Aug '14 08:05
    Originally posted by Great King Rat
    I wish he had done way more serious stuff and way less comedic stuff. I have a feeling he was hiding his personal problems under the cloak of comedy (which might be true for a lot of comedic actors) and that he was overcompensating.

    When he did serious roles, he was brilliant.

    It's sad that depression can do this to people.
    I saw a drama he starred in called Being Human and was quite impressed with his acting range.
  11. Subscriber Ponderable
    chemist
    12 Aug '14 08:38
    A great man dies, lets remember him fondly.
  12. 12 Aug '14 10:46
    Originally posted by Great King Rat
    I wish he had done way more serious stuff and way less comedic stuff. I have a feeling he was hiding his personal problems under the cloak of comedy (which might be true for a lot of comedic actors) and that he was overcompensating.

    When he did serious roles, he was brilliant.

    It's sad that depression can do this to people.
    I know I will be in the minority here but there is no accounting for taste. I didn't find him funny at all, but I agree, I thought he was a very good actor when he played serious roles.
  13. Subscriber Suzianne
    Misfit Queen
    12 Aug '14 16:26
    Someone said something the other day about Robin Williams. He said that older people remember him as mainly a comedian, because that is where he came from when he hit the television consciousness in the late seventies. His first movie roles were comedies, as that was all he was ever cast in, and that is how older people remember him. The younger crowd (younger than 40, anyways) have a different view of Robin Williams as a serious actor, because their first views of him were in serious movies, Dead Poets' Society, Good Will Hunting, Awakenings, The Fisher King, What Dreams May Come, Bicentennial Man. I was glad to see him pick up the Best Supporting Actor award for Good Will Hunting. These are the roles I remember him for.

    For example, I missed the whole Mork & Mindy era, as I was 5 when that show went off the air, but just last week I watched One-Hour Photo. Very creepy role, but he put everything into it, and he pulled it off. I was shocked to hear of his passing. He will be missed.
  14. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    12 Aug '14 17:48
    Originally posted by Suzianne
    Someone said something the other day about Robin Williams. He said that older people remember him as mainly a comedian, because that is where he came from when he hit the television consciousness in the late seventies. His first movie roles were comedies, as that was all he was ever cast in, and that is how older people remember him. The younger crowd (y ...[text shortened]... ything into it, and he pulled it off. I was shocked to hear of his passing. He will be missed.
    Well, I can tell you I saw both sides of Robin Williams, the mork and mindy stuff and the later Good Will Hunting and Good Morning Vietnam era movies and I remember him for his incredible acting ability probably more than his comedic talent which was something fierce to watch. He is already missed.
  15. 12 Aug '14 19:39
    There was always a deep sadness about him which I can now recognise as depression. He never really smiled, not really, and his eyes always look full of woe.

    I feel that his performance in Good Will Hunting connected with and transmitted this inner sadness more than any other role - maybe he wasn't even acting it. The scene where he defends his wife's memory and the painting of the man in the boat against Will's careless cruel jibes is Williams at his best. The look he gives the painting after Will has gone is priceless.

    Such a sad loss.