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Robin Williams, 6 years ago the farewell – Cinema

Six years ago sad news shook the Hollywood world: the untimely death of Robin Williams, 63 years old. It was August 11, 2014.

Real comic talent, with 40 years of career behind him, has been able to move, make people laugh and excite, giving life to a multiplicity of unforgettable characters from the big screen, often very different from each other and yet incredibly effective every time, thanks to the great transformation that has always been its stylistic code.

The news of his death shocked family, colleagues, friends, fans. “I lost my husband and my best friend while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and a wonderful person. I am heartbroken,” said his wife Susan.

Born in Chicago in July 1951 to a former model and Ford executive, Robin Williams grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Despite the wealthy family, young Robin did not have a happy childhood and was very often bullied. He attended the prestigious Juillard School in New York before establishing himself as a comedian and conquering television with the popular series ‘Mork & Mindy’, in which he played a humanoid alien.

From there begins his rise to the cinema, with four Oscar nominations and a statuette won for best supporting actor in 1998 with Will Hunting, film with the screenplay of then unknown Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. He made other successful films: from ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’, to ‘The fleeting moment’ and ‘Mrs Doubtfire’.

In 1978, Williams marries Valerie, with whom he has a son, Zachary. The marriage goes on in ups and downs, until newspapers reveal that the actor is having an affair with Marsha Garces, the nanny of his son. In 1989 he married her and two children were born: Zelda (now 25) and Cody, 19. In 2008 he separated.

On 23 October 2011, the actor married Susan Schneider for the third time, a graphic designer he met in 2009. Despite his great popularity, his life was also marked by dramas.

Robin Williams he was not only known for his great acting talent, but also for the various humanitarian causes he supported (from Amnesty to Unicef), for the support of American soldiers stationed abroad. He also went to Iraq and Afghanistan to entertain the troops. Once, as a guest on a TV show ‘Inside the Actors Studio,’ he was asked: “If heaven exists, what would you like God to say when you arrive?”. After a line that included Mozart and Elvis, Robin Williams replied, “Knowing there’s a laugh.”

The fleeting moment (1989) by Peter Weir was the real opportunity to show off in the role, this time, of a nonconformist teacher, enriching his curriculum with a further Oscar nomination. And after Penny Marshall’s Awakenings (1990), came another Golden Globe for her role in The legend of the Fisher King (1991) by Terry Gilliam, obviously accompanied by the Oscar nomination.

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Steven Spielberg, Barry Levinson, Kenneth Branagh will enrich his curriculum, but above all his voice acting activities, especially after lending the voice of the Aladdin genius (1992), receiving a special Golden Globe.

In 2007 he wore the cassock to play a priest in the film Marriage license. In the same year he also appeared in the cast of the touching story of Music in the Heart – August Rush with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.

In 2010 he teamed up with John Travolta in the Disney comedy Daddy Sitter and later we will see him as Dwight Eisenhower in The Butler – A butler in the White House.

Williams was considered the rebellious clown of Hollywood. A sort of Gianburrasca of American cinema. But after all he was a fragile man, often the victim of a depression that led to his death, in August 2014, at the age of 63.

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