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Like everyone else I was very shocked by this.  At first I thought it was another one of those stupid social media hoaxes (that needs to stop).  But right after I saw the first post on Facebook I saw another, then another and they were linked to different news sites.  Instead of clicking on any of the links I went to news.google.com (my main site for news) and saw it was real.

Robin Williams was brilliant.  His stand-up was amazing.  He made incredible movies (and a few bad ones).  He is one of the few comedians who can make me cry with laughter.

A lot of people have expressed shock that someone so funny and talented could suffer from depression.  I’m not surprised.  I’m actually aware of it.  I’ve heard of other comedians who suffer from depression and bipolar syndrome.  I can understand “turning it on” when it’s time to be on.  I don’t think I ever really suffered from depression but I don’t think I’m the same guy when I speak in public or play in my band.  During those times “I’m on.”  Most of the time I can be very quiet.

I caught a few episodes of William’s new show and it was hilarious.  I hate it was cancelled.  I wonder if it wasn’t would he still be alive?

He made some great movies.  Mrs. Doubtfire, Goodwill Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam, Aladdin, The Birdcage, Dead Poets Society, The World According To Garp among others.  I can forgive him for Popeye, Jumanji, Hook and Flubber.

I think I’m going to watch some of his old standup on Youtube.

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  •  I was also thinking that the cancellation... (1+ / 0-)
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    of his show may have contributed, at least in part, to his latest onset of depression. It's too bad if that's what happened. He shouldn't have taken it to heart. I don't quite know the reason why but many A-list stars don't do well in a weekly TV show format.

    Anyway, he certainly will be missed.

    "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." - 17th-century French clergyman and statesman Cardinal Richelieu.

    by markthshark on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 10:39:51 PM PDT

    •  Not disagreeing with you... (7+ / 0-)

      but Robin Williams did start in a weekly sitcom, as Mork.

      And he did VERY well there.

      I don't think any of us will ever be able to understand his demons, unless we also have them.

      And, look -- I don't claim to have any talent whatsoever -- but he was a genius. And apparently tormented.

      You should watch him on Inside the Actors Studio.

      Brilliant.

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 10:52:02 PM PDT

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      •  Oh, I did. You're right... (2+ / 0-)
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        You should watch him on Inside the Actors Studio.

        Brilliant.

        What I meant with my other comment was that TV shows are fickle these days. It's a very different market out there now. A-list salaries mean these shows must produce instant gratification (and profit) for the networks, and sometimes they're not given sufficient time to find an audience.

        With Mork & Mindy the network went with an unknown, and in those days shows were given more time to find an audience.

        Anyway, it wasn't meant to be a slight on Williams. Many a big star has fallen to the capricious swing of a network axe.

        "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." - 17th-century French clergyman and statesman Cardinal Richelieu.

        by markthshark on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 11:17:43 PM PDT

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        •  I am SO sorry (0+ / 0-)

          if that read as me thinking you wrote a slight on Williams. It certainly wasn't meant to be.

          Wow, no. I think you and I are copacetic, mark: I think we are in total agreement.

          Wow. No. We both love him, yes? And what's not to love. He died far too young.

          English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

          by Youffraita on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 03:27:31 PM PDT

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  •  Well yeah, I DID like "Jumanji" (4+ / 0-)

    Silly damn movie, but it's still good for when you're in the mood for a silly damn movie. :-)

    If it's
    Not your body,
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    And it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 10:40:58 PM PDT

  •  the show being cancelled (1+ / 0-)
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    i hope that was not a factor

    but i did wonder whether the show being cancelled made him feel like a failure, or wonder whether he was going to ever work again

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    by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 11:32:05 PM PDT

  •  He had a history (2+ / 0-)
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    of drug abuse, alcoholism and depression so we'll never know what triggered it.  It baffles me how someone can kill themselves who's had so much success, fame and fortune.  What are you worried?  What made him think he had nothing to live for?

    Very sad.

    I look at Robin Williams doing this and I think it's all from his depression.  I look at Kurt Cobain, who I'm a huge fan of, and I think there's a lot more, like a mental instability.

    •  What about those who loved him ? (0+ / 0-)

      Suicide, it has been said, is the ultimate selfish act. Not sure I agree with that, but there is a certain amount of truth to it. I guess he was in a lot of pain, mental anguish. But surely, this act has deeply hurt those that cared about him.

  •  I liked Hook! It had a wonderful message. He st... (0+ / 0-)

    I liked Hook! It had a wonderful message.

    He stole every line reading in Birdcage from the original French movie, Dead Poets' Society was stupid, Good Morning, Vietnam even stupider. I like Good Will Hunting, but he was over rated.

    Refuse to hear any negatives about Robert Altman, so don't diss Popeye in my hearing.

    He was brilliant; it's a loss.

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