Well known actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead on Monday, the apparent victim of a suspected suicide, according to the Marin County coroner. Williams appeared in a wide variety of TV shows and movies, beginning his career in 1977. His last TV series was The Crazy Ones, which had been cancelled after only one season. He also appeared in three movies currently in post-production- Merry Friggin’ Christmas, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Absolutely Anything.
Mara Buxbaum, spokeswoman for the comedian, released this statement Monday: “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Susan Schneider, his wife, also released a statement: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Williams also left behind three children- son Zachary (31), daughter Zelda (25), and son Cody (22).
The actor first became known to audiences as the alien Mork, first appearing on Happy Days and later starring opposite Pam Dawber in the spin-off series Mork and Mindy. He moved on to movies, appearing in such films as The Survivors (1983) opposite Walter Matthau, Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Good Will Hunting (1988). He performed well in both comedic and dramatic roles, giving a creepy turn in the thriller One Hour Photo (2002) and playing a killer hunted by Al Pacino in Insomnia (2002). Younger audiences got to know him as the delightfully manic voice portraying the Genie in the Disney movie Aladdin (1992) and the straight to video sequel Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996). Recent hits for the actor included voicing two penguins, Ramon and Lovelace, in Happy Feet (2006) and Happy Feet Two (2011). He also played Teddy Roosevelt in the comedies Night at the Museum (2006) and its sequel Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) opposite Ben Stiller.
Williams was also a highly popular stand-up comedian, selling out shows across the world. He teamed with Billy Crystal and others to help the homeless with Comic Relief, which made a series of TV specials and movies from 1986 to 2009. His was a unique comic talent, and he will sorely be missed.
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