By Monsters of Geek Bullpen
Last week, we lost a true American treasure in actor and comedian Robin Williams. We here at Monsters decided the best way to remember Mr. Williams is to share our favorite memories and/or moments of his career. Our prayers and best wishes continue to go out to his family during this difficult time of loss.
Robin Williams gave so many great performances while I was growing up. Whether it was the voice of Genie in Aladdin, the cross dressing hilarity that is Mrs. Doubtfire, or the story of the selfless Patch Adams.
Even though all of the films above are vintage performances by Williams, the one I remember the most his performance as a grown-up Peter Pan in Hook. My grandfather managed a Magic Mart department store in Pikeville, Kentucky and he used to get advance copies of movies on VHS for promotional use. He would bring them home when my brother and I came to visit and have family movie nights. Hook was one of the films he brought home and it instantly became one of my favorite movies to watch when I visited. The story of Peter Pan growing up to be an adult with a job and kids only to return to Neverland to save his kids from Captain Hook captured my imagination like no other movie at the time. It is one of the few movies that has no faults in my eyes.
Hook is a great film, but more importantly it showed what I will remember most about Williams: Kids loved him and he loved kids. You could tell that the kids in Hook liked working with Williams and he, in turn, fed off that energy to give one of his best performances. Every time I watch the film, I can see the natural joy on their faces to be in the same room as Robin Williams. They had fun being around him and that atmosphere made their performances seem more real and authentic. You could tell that they didn’t view this as work, but as play and they were enjoying every minute of it. The kids in Hook adored Williams and he them. That showed me Robin Williams was more than just a great actor, he was a good person that enjoyed seeing children, and adults, laugh and have fun.
You will be missed Mr. Williams. Thank you for all the smiles and laughter you brought to this world.
I have always appreciated the work of Robin Williams.
Every time he was on the screen, he made his presence known. There are several of his roles that stick out in my mind. First, as Chris Nielsen in What Dreams May Come. This was the first movie that me and my beautiful wife watched together, way back in 1999. He put on a dramatic performance showing the power of love.
Second, in Good Will Hunting as Sean Maguire. This is one of my favorite movies of all time, and one of his best performances.
Third, growing up I will always remember him as the voice of Genie in Aladdin, but to my daughter, he will always be old Peter Pan. She gets a lot of joy out of him in Hook, and bringing that character to life makes her eyes light up and she gets excited.
Last, as John Keating in Dead Poets Society. He delivers one of my favorite lines “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” I think he took the line to heart and seized every role that was put before him, and made them memorable. To finish it up I would like to leave you with something to think about in his conversation between Peter Pan and Hook.
Captain James Hook: Prepare to die, Peter Pan!
Peter Banning (Peter Pan): To die would be a grand adventure!
Captain James Hook: Death is the only adventure you have left!
From a very early age, I knew Robin Williams was a special man. At three years old I was watching Good Morning, Vietnam upon my father’s knee – not understanding the jokes, of course – and at six, I was enthralled with Genie from Aladdin and had Friend Like Me memorized and was singing it EVERYWHERE I went. At nine I was terrified of board games thanks to Jumanji. At twelve I learned compassion with great help from Patch Adams. And in college I learned a lot about life with Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society.
When I found out that Robin Williams had passed away, I was devastated. I honestly thought I was being pranked; I mean, who would honestly end a text message with “Robin Williams is dead.” But a quick jaunt to the internet told me that what my cousin said was true, and my heart has not stopped hurting since.
The world truly lost a great person on Monday. Robin Williams was a great man with a large heart, a gentle soul, and a wicked sense of humor, and I will never forget the wonderful things he did in life.
My thoughts, prayers, and love goes out to Robin’s family in their time of sorrow.
Like any kid, I loved Robin Williams.
Looking back though, I don’t think I understood why he was so special until I was older. I just knew he was in several movies I liked. But the first time I saw him on a late night talk show, everything became clear.
Seeing an interview with him where the interviewer sat and just watched him do his thing caused several favorite Robin Williams movie moments to flash into my memory. At that moment, I finally understood how much talent he had and how much of his work was unscripted. I guess it was an epiphany of sorts. I never really expected to take a celebrity’s death so hard, but this one really gut punched me.
Joe “Yeti” Collier:
I have so many Robin Williams memories. So many great movies, stand up and funny TV appearances. He truly is the funniest person that this generation will see.
But the best memory I have was when Conan was leaving the Tonight Show (I think it was his last show) and Robin did an Irish ballad for him. I know this will be censored, but he stands up flipping off the camera and repeats “for the executive at NBC,[explicit] the [explicit]. They can’t take a joke.” Conan is red faced and speechless until they start dancing. One of the funniest moments. I still cry with laughter when I watch it. You never knew what he was going to do or say.
The night after he died every single late night host on TV talked about how he was the best guest to have on the show. I am saddened by his death, but he will live on forever in our hearts and memories.