O’ Captain! My Captain!-R.I.P Robin Williams

I couldn’t believe what I was reading when I got up this morning. The suspected suicide of a great actor and a really funny guy. An ever present on the road of life. From Mork and Mindy of my youth, through to Good Morning Vietnam, he made me laugh, and also moved me with his more serious roles in movies like Dead Poets Society, What Dreams May Come and Good Will Hunting. My kids particularly loved Hook and Jumanji. Even his appearances on talk shows were entertaining.

It just illustrates that no-one is immune from depression. Even the most wise-cracking, sanguine, successful people can suffer from that all consuming dark cloud.

I liked this quote from Spielberg, which he gave to sum up the man:


Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him.


R.I.P, my Captain.



8 thoughts on “O’ Captain! My Captain!-R.I.P Robin Williams

  1. I saw this quote by Williams:
    ‘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?


    • He was. Do you remember Mork and Mindy, or am I showing my age? I hope Robin’s quote in the comment above will further encourage you in your writing, and your living. I just read another quote of his which I liked: You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t ever lose it.


      • I’m just a bit too young for Mork & Mindy. First memory of Robin is from Mrs. Doubtfire. Very inspired by all of his quotes above which you have posted. There is a lot of truth in them and I couldn’t agree more. I can’t imagine the devastation his near ones are feeling.


  2. Mr Robin Williams has touched so many hearts through his many characters, his own was forgotten.
    Depression does not discriminate – he must have felt utterly desperate to free himself from it…
    The world, now sadder without him.


  3. I’m still shocked by the awful news. It’s sad that you can be surrounded by friends and family and still feel alone. I agree with nordicblackbird: the world is sadder without him.


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