Robin Williams – You will be greatly missed!

Robin Williams, Rest in Peace. You will be greatly missed.

Robin Williams - July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014

Robin Williams – July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014

My deepest condolences to your family and friends during this very difficult time.

Robin Williams has been a wonderful comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, etc.  A very versatile man with so much to give and it felt like he gave it all every time.

From Wikipedia on Robin Williams:

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and stand-up comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978–1982), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. His film career included such acclaimed films as “The World According to Garp” (1982), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye(1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji(1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet(2006). He also appeared in the video “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997). He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.[3][4]

On August 11, 2014, Williams was found unconscious at his residence and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Marin County, California, coroner’s office said they believe the cause of death was asphyxiation.

And don’t forget Toys. Robin may want to forget it but it was a fun movie. But it’s the one I thought of today.

Because when Toys starts, it is the funeral of a very great man, a maker of fun and toys for children, yes, ‘young’ Leslie Zevo’s own father’s funeral, and a great loss to his son and everyone at Zevo Toys.

During the eulogy about Leslie’s dad’s death, a laugh box start laughing and making everyone laugh. Leslie goes over and shakes it to stop it from laughing and says, “Good one, Dad.”

After all the craziness in the movie and they have won the day and Zevo Toys will continue in Kenneth’s and Leslie’s way, the movie ends with the following;

Before Leslie’s cousin Patrick departs at the end of the movie, Leslie, his cousins and Gwen visit Kenneth’s grave, ensuring that peace is restored to the toy factory.

Kenneth Zevo's gravestone - an elephant blowing bubbles from the movie Toys with Robin Williams.

Kenneth Zevo’s gravestone – an elephant blowing bubbles from the movie Toys with Robin Williams.

Kenneth’s grave marker is a huge toy elephant that continuously blows bubbles. Very comical as you can see between the picture above and this one below:

Kenneth Zevo's gravestone nearly at the end of the movie Toys before it flies off, apparently to alight again in a different part of the lush greenery to give others joy...

Kenneth Zevo’s gravestone nearly at the end of the movie Toys before it flies off, apparently to alight again in a different part of the lush greenery to give others joy…

As the end credits roll, Kenneth’s grave marker, a large toy elephant floats over the lush green pasture.

To Robin who gave us all so much love, humor, comedy of all kinds and so many heartwarming as well as comedic movies and shows, I would just like to say that you will be remembered very fondly and it is hard to think of the world without you.

It just reminded me of Robin Williams.

Rest in Peace, Robin Williams.

Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Actor, Dies at 63 in Suspected Suicide – NYTimes

Rest in Peace Andy Griffith

American actor Andy Griffith developed Guillain-Barré syndrome in 1983. Griffith is seen here receiving an award at the White House in 2005

American actor Andy Griffith developed Guillain-Barré syndrome in 1983. Griffith is seen here receiving an award (Presidential Medal of Freedom) at the White House in 2005

Breaking News: Friend Says Andy Griffith Has Died WITN (Dare County NC OBX)

Former UNC President Bill Friday says Andy Griffith died this morning in Dare County. Friday, who is a close friend of the actor, confirmed that to WITN News.

Friday tells us the 86-year-old actor died at his Roanoke Island home around 7:00 a.m. this morning.


Andy Griffith, Matlock and Mayberry’s Favorite Son, Dead at 86 – eonline

In addition to The Andy Griffith Show, Griffith created a darkly iconic character in the 1957 film A Face in the Crowd and won fans in the long-running whodunit series Matlock. But in the end, it was Mayberry that put him on the map.

“We—everyone on the show—have a real sense of community, of kindness, toward one another,” Griffith told The New York Times in 1965. “The basic rule by which we live comes through…the kindness comes through.”

Losing Andy Griffith is like losing Mom’s Apple Pie or something … so sad.

Andy was the glue, the straight man and star of Mayberry RFD who was kinda like looking through our eyes and with great wisdom, kindness, compassion for his fellow man, true justice, and faith.

And the proof was a quote by Andy Griffith himself,

“At first I was supposed to be the funny central figure, … But with that format the show might have lasted about four weeks. The way it worked out is, the other people say the funny lines and my character looks on as an observer.”

Andy Griffith had some very kind words to say about the comedic genius Don Knotts too (and this was before his death in 2006);

“Whenever Don Knotts and I were waiting for lighting cues, we would sing hymns in harmony, … The show depicted Barney as tone deaf, but Don has a beautiful tenor voice.”

Rest in Peace Andy Griffith, you were a great man, and you will be greatly missed all across America and likely around the world too.

We all grew up on your shows one way or another Andy. Whether it was the original shows like Mayberry RFD and Matlock, or when they went to syndication. We all watched and loved you and the wonderful characters you further enhanced on these shows. RIP.

Additional Refs:

Guillain–Barré syndrome – Wikipedia