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Robin Williams 1951-2014
Robin Williams 1951-2014

Robin Williams made the world laugh even when he was dealing with his own personal pain. Instead of going in to a lot of details about Williams past drug use. Something that has been continually ran over time and time again. I thought I would talk a little bit about what he and his career means to me and talk about five of my favorite starring Robin Williams.

Williams with Mork and Mindy costar Pam Dawber
Williams with Mork and Mindy costar Pam Dawber

In the 1970’s Williams starred in his break through role as Mork in Mork and Mindy, a spin off of the popular 70’s sitcom Happy Days. He played a funny and lovable Alien from outer space. If you are interested in watching the series you can check them out via YouTube.

With Nathan Lane in The Birdcage
With Nathan Lane in The Birdcage

The Birdcage is a 1996 remake of the popular French musical farce La Cage aux Folles. He stars opposite Nathan Lane who plays his husband in the film. I saw the film for the first time ages ago and was prompted to watch the film again when I saw it pop up on my Netflix cue. If you want to have a Robin Williams marathon I definitely suggest you add this film to the list.

As Mrs. Doubtfire
As Mrs. Doubtfire

Mrs. Doudtfire is a 1993 family comedy film starring Williams alongside Sally Field. I can’t imagine that any Robin Williams fan has gone through life and not seen this film at least once. I remember watching this movie as a child a absolutely hating Sally Field. I always hated when I felt a character I loved was being treated so unfairly. I still have the same feeling when I watch it. What is coincidence to me is that I purchased this film a few weeks before he passed. If you love funny scenes and heartwarming moments this is a film for you.

Williams in one of Dead Poets Society's most memorable scenes.
Williams in one of Dead Poets Society’s most memorable scenes.

After his death Dead Poets Society was one of the most mentioned and quoted films on social media. It’s also included in my title. Made in 1989 Robin Williams stars as a teacher in a prep school. He brings life into the life of these teenage boys using lighten their rather dull lives. His character greatly resembled what we all know of Robin Williams. He certainly brightened the life of others where ever he went.

Williams voiced the Genie in Disney's Aladdin
Williams voiced the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin

Aladdin was probably my first Robin Williams film and one of my favorite Disney movies. Fun Fact: I named my dog Abu as a child after watching this movie. Robin Williams voiced the Genie. This is a great Williams movie to watch with the kids.

Peter Pan all grown up.
Peter Pan all grown up.

If you are a friend of Peter Pan and Robin Williams than Hook is a movie for you. Made in 1991 Williams stars as the boy who did grow up. This is my next Robin Williams movie I will be viewing via Netflix. A fun family film with great characters and a new life for Peter Pan.

Robin Williams made so many of us smile. He breathed life into our lives not unlike his character in Dead Poets Society. He was a flamboyant comedian who overcame demons throughout his life. It’s hard to believe that a man that made us laugh was suffering from depression. So in the wake of his passing we must use it to promote the true power of depression. It is not fake nor is it silly. It is a very real and horrible disease. If you yourself or anyone you know is suffering from depression or are having thoughts of suicide please talk to someone. The national suicide hotline is 1-800-273-8255.

Sites
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.com
http://www.afsp.org
http://www.sprc.org
http://www.suicidology.com
http://www.save.org
http://www.hopeline.com
http://www.suicide.org
http://www.suicideispreventable.org

If you yourself have suffered from depression, engaged in self harm, had thoughts of suicide please share your story rather anonymous or not. People need to know they are not alone.

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