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Robin Williams Dies at 63

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  • Center Left
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    It's just been reported that comedian and actor Robin Williams has died. He was 63 years old. The cause of death is not confirmed at this point, but authorities think that suicide was likely. His publicist confirmed that Williams had been battling severe depression.

    I'm shocked. I knew that he went through high highs, and low lows. That much was apparent if you simply consider his movie role selections throughout the years.

    One thing is for sure though, with me at least. Robin Williams was one of the most endearing and talented actors of our generation. That may sound trit, but I believe it is definitely true. The man could play any role. I mean, just consider the range; he could be Peter Pan, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jack, or the Genie from Aladdin one day. And then turn around and completely surprise you with emotionally complicated and more serious performances, like his roles in Good Will Hunting, What Dreams May Come, Dead Poet's Society and Awakenings.

    Then even still, with roles like the main characters from One Hour Photo and Insomnia, two movies completely out of his usual character choice and extremely "dark" (that he chose to do decades after he was well known and established as one of the greats), he exposes even more range in his acting ability.

    I believe Robin Williams could play any role, from the obnoxiously silly, to the depressingly serious, and every shade in between. His long acting career proved that.

    This all fails to mention that while Williams was a great actor, he was first and foremost a comedian, a stand-up comedian. He got into stand-up comedy in 1972, and had performed on through 2009. In my opinion, his absolute crown achievement to the comedy world was 'Robin Williams LIVE on Broadway'. I think I've seen that routine at least 20 times.

    If we could with this forum, I would appreciate hearing about people's favorite movies of his, what you thought of the guy, etc. Anyone here ever meet him? Or see him on a comedy tour? He has done so many films, perhaps a top 5 or top ten list would be in order. I'll start that off:

    In no particular order:

    Hook
    Good Will Hunting
    What Dreams May Come
    Patch Adams
    Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Center Left
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    I will always remember Robin Williams in 'Jack' wearing that big red nose cheering up terminal children. What a great performance. And 'What Dreams May Come' will always be my go-to movie if I want to be deeply depressed for an afternoon. We'll miss ya guy.
  • Center Left
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    What a serious loss. I'm so sorry that he may have been so depressed to take his own life. He was a talent that comes around so seldom. I don't know what movie was my favorite. He had so many that were so good. I loved What dreams may come. I thought that was fabulous. It was interesting to see a view of heaven (from the inside). Another two that I loved were The World according to Garp, and Good morning Vietnam. I loved Dead Poets Society as well. I recorded that at the end of May but haven't yet watched it (again). Perhaps tomorrow I will. His stand up was so good ! I loved the fund raising he did on Comic Relief, with Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldburg. When he did Mork and Mindy it was obvious that he was special. He will surely be missed.
  • Center Left
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    It'a amazing to see how many people cared for this man. Normally when someone in the spotlight passes there is chatter of course. But in this case, seems to be actually touching an incredible amount of people.
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    That is really a shock. Really loved that man, both his serious side & his unique comedy. It is really sad to think of him doing such a thing as
    commiting suicide, (if that is true), especially when he was only 63 years old. I can't imagine that there was no medication or therapist or friend that he could call upon to help him through a bout with depression. Often times, just a phone call could make all the difference.

    It's hard to think of a "favorite" movie, since ALL were really great, but "Good Morning VietNam" & "Dead Poet's Society" are really high on my list. Now, I'll go back & watch several of them over again, -- just as a reminder of what a great actor he was. And a truly great human being.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    This whole tragedy really goes to show that mental illness is a disease that can affect the successful and not so successful among us. It doesn't discriminate and can take the lives of the most loved celebrities and unknown homeless person. His passing is a true tragedy and I hope it shines a light on the fact that mental illness is something our nation continues to refuse to grapple with.

    I was a young kid when Mrs. Doubtfire came out and I remember watching that movie a dozen or more times. What made Robin Williams an actor above the rest was the fact that he could do a children's movie and then turn around and do an adult comedy. His ability to morph into whatever character he was performing at the time was second to none.

    Another one of my favorite ones was Goodwill Hunting. It was a unique role for him and he played it masterfully. Insomnia was another one of my favorites that were an atypical type of movie for him.

    We lost an icon yesterday and I hope he is able to rest in peace.
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    I've just heard a few of the details presented today about Robin Williams. It leaves a profound mystery. A man who had so much talent & intelligence, plus a family who loved him, plus extraordinary fame & fortune, -- also had access to every possible form of therapy & assistance that humanity could provide. He must have had numerous therapists, psychologists, & behavior analysts, plus drug counselors. So WHY would he just give up & choose to cut his wrists (gruesome) & hang himself? (a difficult physical feat).??

    And he had spent the previous evening with his wife, who went to bed in another room, (near 10:30 PM), & left the next morning, without first checking with him, by phone or person. WHY would such a darling man choose to kill himself, without contacting any therapist or friend, first?

    Those who have been depressed (for years) have often contemplated suicide & which is the "best method". And NEITHER cutting your wrists or hanging yourself from a closet door is at the Top of the List -- for the "best method". In fact, they are among the WORST.

    So why would he choose that method when he could have found more "comfortable" ways? We all know some of the "better" ways, such as taking an overdose of joy-juice, or jumping into a swimming pool with no water, or skiing down a mountain blind-folded. Or parachute jumps
    with no parachute, - or swimming at Sea World in the shark tank at supper time. (He might have been amused by those).

    But WHY would he possibly have chosen the method apparently used? #(1) possibility: he didn't. Somebody else did it to him.
    -- OR -- #(2) possibility: he had no choice, since he was "locked in his room." (& maybe had no outgoing phone call system in there).

    Just pure conjecture, but "pain" brings out the detective in me, to try to find the answers. I PRAY he did not suffer much, & that he is now among the angels, watching down on us, wondering what all the fuss is about.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    The vast majority of men who commit suicide do so in what would be considered a gruesome way. Men are also three times as likely to be 'successful' in their suicide attempts compared to women. Older Caucasian males commit suicide at the highest rate of any population group in America, which is something that has been known for quite some time.

    Here's what the coroners office said today: Williams had superficial cuts on his wrist and was found with a belt around his neck "slightly suspended and in a seating position."

    It is widely known that Robin Williams has been struggling with depression and addiction issues for the vast majority of his adult life. He often spoke candidly about his struggles with both of these issues. If a person has made the decision to end their life then they will do so secretly. Just because he had psychologists, doctors, and a host of other people he could have reached out to and didn't doesn't mean that someone else killed him. To suggest that this is some conspiracy does a disservice to him and his family.
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    Nobody is suggesting a "conspiracy" -- and it should not be taken that way. I always think of all the "alternatives" to any situation, and one of those possible alternatives could be suggested to be somewhat different to what has been provided by the media so far. I am sure we will have the definitive conclusions provided within the next 2 days. In the meantime, I'm confident that all his family & his fans DO want to know the Truth, & we all wait with interest to find that out. But that does not mean we must totally suspend all cognitive abilities to reason & speculate.

    My degree in psychology has given me a lot of insight into people with Depression, & I sympathize more than words can say, so that is one reason why I am so involved in the Robin Williams tragedy. There are so many who have left us, & nobody ever figured out why it could not be stopped.
  • Other Party
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    suicide is an extremely selfish act. he was not alone in that home, makes u wonder why his family, his wife, went to bed and didn't care. he should have not died if he had a family that was watching out for him, he was depressed! how could they leave him alone.
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    bottom line, he wasn't alone!!!! why would any family member leave him alone when they knew he was depressed... I know I wouldn't leave anyone I loved alone if I knew they were that depressed
  • Liberal
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    Like many extremely talented people, especially performers, part of their "genius" comes from demons inside their brain. There is a very good reason for his suicide and not surprising at all. People like him go through more mental anguish than any of us could ever understand and it's the basis of their talent, not caused by their talent. We have seen it over and over again, particularly in the entertainment field. We'll all miss him for sure!
  • Independent
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    According to the Dutch news he was in deep financial trouble and on drugs ; he tried to sell his estate farm etc. to cover some of the 55 million debt etc. He also lost a lot of money via divorces etc.
    I don't know if this is all correct, but it shows that you as an entertainer should also go to certain courses about money management
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    An earlier report would have made us nearly rule out financial troubles, because they claimed his career had produced about five billion dollars (income). But we don't know the full amount of his living expenses, medical costs, & taxes. And one source claimed that "recently" a comedy series he was acting in had been cancelled. That would have been a huge blow to his self esteem.

    Also, it happened at exactly the time of life that would make him worry about losing his good looks, or strength or energy. If the series really had been cancelled, & people he knew had been fired, that would itself have caused him grief, feeling responsible for friends losing their jobs. And any marital conflicts would have made the whole situation even worse. So now, we can understand how many things were closing in on him.
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    pr Wrote: Like many extremely talented people, especially performers, part of their "genius" comes from demons inside their brain. There is a very good reason for his suicide and not surprising at all. People like him go through more mental anguish than any of us could ever understand and it's the basis of their talent, not caused by their talent. We have seen it over and over again, particularly in the entertainment field. We'll all miss him for sure!
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    I was watching a sports talk show host (Colin Cowherd - who has discussed this RW topic a few times recently). He brought up the long talked about term and condition of a "Tortured Genius". It's an interesting angle that will probably get much more consideration - going forward.
    I've dealt with depression for many years. Luckily the proper meds (and especially dosage amounts) has made it much easier to deal with. I've never had suicidal thoughts and I expect I never will. I quit drinking about 8 years ago. I think that helps when dealing with this serious condition.

    I too can't imagine this form of death. There are ways that seem more comfortable. Drinking heavily, taking too many sleeping pills, and any other drug of comfort would cause you to go to sleep and fade away. That seems like a way to end it. No mess, no ugly scene to deal with. We'll never know why he did what he did.

    Comic Relief: Raised 50 million dollars to help the homeless. He certainly had a serious side to balance the playful side.