It is with great sadness that we report the passing of one of Hollywood’s most loved comedy and dramatic actors.
Robin Williams, who became a break out star on television in the seventies by playing the ultimate space alien in ‘Mork and Mindy’ was found dead on Monday, 11 August. He was 63.
The cause of death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation, according to the coroner’s office in Tiburon, Calif. He was found in his home.
According to his publicist the actor had been struggling with depression and had been undergoing a 12 step rehab program for drug abuse.
His wife Susan Schneider said in a statement, “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.”
To many Robin Williams was not only a great comedic actor, but also a fantastic stand-up comedienne, who was never afraid to poke fun at the establishment.
After ‘Mork and Mindy,’ which essentially showcased his talents as a comedy actor. Williams went onto become a much loved and versatile movie actor.
A film that perhaps showcased his versatility as both a comedy and dramatic actor was the film ‘Good Morning Vietnam,’ in which he played the uncompromising Adrian Cronauer who pretty much told it as it was to a very uptight military radio station. But when Cronauer comes face to face with the reality of Vietnam outside the insulation of the military radio station. We got to see a hint of the more dramatic part of Robin Williams as an actor.
Over the course of his career Williams did a number of fantastic genre films, but not all made a particularly big impression at the Box Office.
His most memorable genre films include ‘The Fisher King,’ ‘Hook,’ ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Jumanji,’ What Dreams May Come,’ and the much under appreciated ‘Bicentennial Man.’
Earlier this year Williams finished work on ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,’ in which he reprised his role of Teddy Roosevelt. According to IMDB the film is presently in post production.
We here at scifipulse pass on our deepest condolences to the surviving friends and family of Robin Williams and share in their sadness at his tragic passing.