If there was one actor that singlehandedly brought joy into my life during my childhood, it was Robin Williams. I believe that anyone who had the opportunity to see any of his work, could undoubtly agree that he entertained and touched all of us hearts. Either it is the fan favorite Mrs. Doubtfire, the inspirational Good Will Hunting, the classic Disney movie Aladdin, the heart wrenching, Jack or my personal favorite, Hook, it reminded me to never forget to remain a child at heart. Upon hearing of his death, my heart sank into my stomach and at that moment, the world felt a little bit colder. Robin Williams usually chose movie roles that reflected his personality; he used comedy and professional acting as a tool to promote positivity and inspiration. From stories of those closest to him, he exuded happiness and positivity.
When I read about his relationship with Christopher Reeve, it gave me an opportunity to understand his caliber as man. The two met in Julliard College. They remained friends for years. In 1996, after Christopher Reeve’s unfortunate accident that left him paralyzed, he suffered extreme depression and even contemplated suicide.
Then one night before undergoing surgery, Reeves recalls hunchbacked man rushing into his hospital room dressed with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses shouting in a Russian accent. The man announced that he was present to perform his rectal exam. It was Robin Williams channeling his role from the movie 9 months. Reeve stated that “For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay”. After countless medical procedures, Reeve couldn’t afford the bills, Robin Williams then nobly elected to pay for all of his medical expenses. Williams took up as many acting roles in the late 1990’s to earn enough money to keep his promise to his friend. Even though I never got the opportunity to meet him, I felt like Robin Williams was apart of my family. His movies made me laugh, cry and everything in between. They resonated with me and will always be a huge part of my upbringing. Ironically a man so notoriously known from bring joy to people, died alone and sad. That’s what is most heartbreaking to people, when you love someone, you want them to go peacefully. I believe that everyone that has witnessed Robin Williams in some form genuinely loved him and his contributions to the world. He made us remember that comedy is a form a love that can be universal. And if you stay in touch with your inner child, your accomplishments can be boundless.