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I know I’m two days late in writing this, but believe me, it hasn’t been an easy few days.

Robin Williams was my all-time favorite actor. I’m sure he was for a lot of people, too.

I can’t count how many times I’ve seen Good Will Hunting, Patch Adams, Dead Poets Society, One Hour Photo, Awakenings, Cadillac Man, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, etc. He was truly my all-time favorite actor, and a mad fucking genius at improv comedy and just spouting off random, insane, but always funny and heartfelt things. The dude was a legend, and NO ONE will fill the void he left. No one.

I’d like to use this post to promote a lot of his films that people may have forgotten about, or didn’t know about at all.

These are just some of my favorite Robin Williams movies…. if you want to see a full list of everything he’s done, please go to www.imdb.com. and just search for his name. You’ll see his entire filmography. I would say most of his films are definitely essential viewing, if you’re a fan of movies. Some are stinkers, sure… but most of them are great… and this small list is some of my favorites, from most favorite to less favorite:

Dead Poets Society
Patch Adams
Good Will Hunting
Cadillac Man
Bicentennial Man
One Hour Photo
The Big White
Mrs. Doubtfire
Good Morning, Vietnam
Jack
The Birdcage
The Fisher King
Popeye

Jumanji

On a personal note, I’m the first person to admit that I’m not the happiest guy in the world, and basically never have been (growing up in my shoes with a given nickname I’ve long since abandoned was absolute hell, not to mention how lonely I was through age 14-26, when girls barely gave me the time of day… especially at such a crucial time in a young man’s life)…  I understand his pain and understand his inevitably futile struggle. When I smile, there’s often a lot of pain inside that smile. Which is the reason I chose the photo above of Robin. I smile exactly like that… head down, an appreciative smile, but never one of true happiness. Grateful for people appreciating his work, but deep down….. so. much. pain.

The only thing that fully makes me smile these days and for the last twenty-five years, are beautiful films, great songs, and the smell of many things in nature, especially a cool breeze and the things that come with it. I may never fully achieve ultimate happiness (hell, I wouldn’t know where to begin, to even imagine what that’s like)… but I’m content in a lot of ways, and I appreciate a lot of great people and things in my life. But yeah…. again, I can understand his pain and his struggles. Fully. I think a lot of us who didn’t have picture-perfect lives could… and that’s why we loved him so much.

Robin was just a great, great dude… no one ever had anything bad to say about him… EVER. He always went out of his way to make people laugh, and make them feel better about their lives, and make them appreciate beautiful, human moments… and always offered a hand, in some form or another. There are plenty of videos and interviews that show this side of him. I invite you to search for them (start with YouTube), and smile as you watch them, knowing he touched several different generations of people (my mom is a huge fan of his work, and then there’s me, and several of my students who are, on average, half my age or younger), through his absolute comedic genius and superb acting ability.

I love you, man. Thank you for all the things you’ve blessed with this world with, most importantly your words and ideas. I hope you are finally at peace, and talking shit with George Carlin, Bill Hicks, and Mitch Hedberg, in heaven somewhere.

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”
– Williams as ‘John Keating’, Dead Poets Society, 1989

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