On Monday, August 11th 2014, the planet of cinema stopped as the death of Robin Williams was announced. The American actor’s passing triggered a surge of homages. At ÉCU, we would like to salute him by dedicating our this week’s spotlight to this great man.
Robin Williams was born in 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. After briefly studying political sciences, he continued his studies at Julliard in New York City. He started his acting career in POPEYE by Robert Altman, but it is only seven years later, in 1987, that he had his first breakthrough with his role in GOOD MORNING VIETNAM. He embodied a zany radio host, awakening and making laugh Vietnam at war. Acclaimed by the critic, the film was nominated for the Academy Awards and won a Golden Globe.
In 1989, Williams stars in DEAD POET SOCIETY by Peter Weir. He plays the role of a more than endearing literature teacher who manages to inspire a taste for literature and transgression to his students. Together, they found a society where “the dead poet were dedicating to sucking the marrow of life” and the call of the later for their beloved teacher remains now in the memory of all: “captain, my captain!”
Two years later, Robin Williams plays opposite to Jeff Bridges in the Terry Gilliams movie: THE FISHER KING, a tale on redemption. He received an Oscar nomination for this role.
The actor is highly lauded in 1997 as he wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Role for GOOD WILL HUNTING of Gus Van Sant.
From drama to Comedy, Williams has played a myriad of different roles. Among the Massive homages to the captain, Barack Obama paid tribute to the actor and his incredible ability to embody different characters:
“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bang rang Peter Pan and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.”
Hats off, Mister Williams. At ÉCU, you made us dream and laugh and you will be dearly missed.