Those in the 60 or over age range grew up with Robin Williams, said Tink Callahan, just moments after she learned the iconic comic actor had been found dead on Monday.
She had been to a rehearsal of the “Murder in the Barracuda Business Bowl,” which is scheduled on Friday and Saturday. Three of the performers also shared their thoughts about Williams.
“You can remember the beginning of his career, the painful and mixed up times,” Callahan said ...”
His pain was our pain when he did 'Good Morning Vietnam,' and was so powerful. It was enough time after the war, and we were trying to sweep it under the rug and trying to put meaning into the past. It was so poignant the way he did it.”
Surely, only a handful of people don't know Williams' work. Ruth Bledsoe described how she grew up with “Mork and Mindy,” Williams' breakout hit.
'I even had one of his vinyl albums with some of his comedy,” she said. “I was impressed from the start how he was one of the first crazy comedians. He wasn't scared to do his thing and liked to be unique.”
Bledsoe recalled that Williams provided the voice of “Aladdin,” in the popular animated movie. He managed to add some adult overtones that the children couldn't have understood.
Another “Murder” actor, Jimmy Moore, grew up around stages; his dad, Jim, has produced the benefit “Heart” shows for decades. Moore was little more than a toddler when he watched Williams emerge as Mork.
“He acted like a kid,” Moore said. “He didn't' want to grow up, and you wanted to be Mork. It was all the stuff you wanted to do as kids. Mork had no real responsibilities. He could cause trouble, but it always worked out perfectly at the end.”
Anita Hanna started acting about 40 years ago, and she still marvels over Williams' mind, which was so off-the-cuff and even a little weird.
“Comedy was his defense mechanism for his depression,” Hanna said. “He was such a talented man in movies like 'Good Morning Vietnam' and 'Mrs. Doubtfire.' We'll miss him.”
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