On August 11, 2014, the world was shocked to hear the news that the beloved comedian and actor, Robin Williams, had passed. In 1973, Robin Williams began his education at the Juilliard School and his zany, fast paced improvisational comedic style quickly surfaced. Along with his unique comedic style, Williams knew how to connect with his audience in a meaningful way through his dramatic acting. The world got to know Williams through his breakthrough comedic role as Mork in the Happy Days spinoff, Mork & Mindy. Williams would go on to star in iconic roles in such films as “Good Will Hunting”, “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Dead Poets Society”, and “Popeye”.
Not only did Williams touch many lives through humor and compassion in his acting roles, he supported over 50 charities which reached out to countless lives. Coming from an affluent family, Williams chose to dedicate his life to helping other less fortunate. In support of the arts, Williams established a scholarship at Juilliard to assist with the tuition of one drama student per year. During his time at Juilliard, Williams was the roommate of actor Christopher Reeve and the two remained friends throughout life. Williams became a board member of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which funds research for spinal cord injury that Reeve was a sufferer of. In 1986, Williams was one of the comedians to host TV specials as a part of the non-profit organization, Comic Relief, to raise money for homeless people in America, a cause he really believed in. One of the most prominent charity involvements Williams had was with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Williams selflessly devoted his time to meet with many of the families and patients. Very much like his role in “Patch Adams”, Williams' presence helped kids forget about their illnesses even if it was only for a small amount of time.
The world has lost not only a comedic genius but also a caring and loving human being. Robin Williams will continue to inspire current and future comics through his stand up, television appearances, and films. His kindness towards others will never be forgotten and will hopefully inspire such kindness in others.
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