Month: August 2014

The star that can laugh

« Wildly charismatic. Impossibly brilliant. Totally rebellious. For the first 20 years of his life, Will Hunting has called the shots. Now he’s about to meet his match. »

Good Will Hunting was a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant.

Will Hunting is a Boston janitor at M.I.T, played by Matt Damon, and he has a gift for mathematics, without any formal mathematical education.

Hunting’s contradicting personality traits directs to the fact there is more under the surface than mathematical intellect. Will needs help from a psychiatrist, Dr. Sean Maguire, played by Robin Williams; through his therapy sessions, Will revaluates his relationships with his best friend Chuckie (played by Ben Affleck), his girlfriend (Minnie Driver), and himself.

This movie received universal acclaim from critics and Robin Williams earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dr Sean Maguire in 1998.

The well-loved actor and comedian has been found dead at his home in Tiburon, at around 11.55 am on August 11, 2014.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1951, Williams was first known for his zany portrayal of an alien from Ork in the 1970s TV show Mork and Mindy.

From The Fisher King, Hook, What Dreams May Come to Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs Doubtfire and License to Wed, Williams kept audiences gripped.

He left behind his comedic background to play Sy Parrish, a photo developer who becomes obsessed with a family after developing their photos over many years, in One Hour Photo.

He played a Dj in the 1987 war comedy Good Morning Vietnam; he played a father who cross-dresses as a nanny to get closer to his three children in the 1993 hit-comedy Mrs Doubtfire.

Good morning Vietnam

He was nominated for Best Actor in the Academy Awards ( why did he not win?), for his portrayal Professor Keating, an unconventional teacher, who inspires his students to love of poetry and learn from a different approach in Dead Poets Society:

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

One of Robin Williams’ most notable film roles was Patch Adams.

patch adams

In this comedy-drama film (based on a true story), Williams played a medical student, Hunter ‘Patch’ Adams, who helped his patients by making them laugh.

Hi Vivian, it’s Robin Williams here saying: Hey girl, what’s going on there down in New Zealand? Sending all my love to you, Jack and Sophie. Mark this off your bucket list. I said: Hey, hey, hey. What’s going on? It’s all right, ‘sall right, ‘sall right. I’m just channeling Matthew McConaughey. Much love to you baby!

Robin Williams sent struggling terminal cancer patient video message of hope months before he took his own life.

He sent this touching message to 21-years old Vivian Waller, who was diagnosed in January with lung, bowel and liver cancer.

Billy Crystal has paid tribute to Robin in touching speech about his late friend at the 66th Emmy Awards. He said:

It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives.”

That beautiful light will continue to shine on us forever,” he said. “And you’ll think to yourself: Robin Williams, what a concept.”