Robin Williams is dead, apparently by suicide. His work, from his manic standup to his intense dramatic performances, was often so fierce because he was clearly playing out his own emotional turmoil in a way that was raw, real, and sometimes almost terrifying.
Many of the most gifted people struggle with demons. It's part of what makes them great, though it breaks our hearts when they fall to them.
— Katie Khan (@katie_khan) August 12, 2014
I wish I could say that I was surprised this morning to hear of his death. Sad, yes. But not surprised. Just as fame, fortune, and success cannot conquer cancer, they cannot conquer mental illness.
Robin Williams made the world a little bit better. RIP.
— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) August 11, 2014
It’s absolutely awful that it seems there was nothing that could make the world better for him.
My favorite Williams role? Probably Dead Poets Society. It’s a great movie overall, but Williams’s performance as a teacher imparting the joys of words, of imagination, and of living an unconventional life was probably a bigger influence on me as a person than I realized at the time.