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Legendary Actor and Comedian Robin Williams Has Died at 63

Posted by Tim Latshaw

A strong proponent for fun and children

Robin Williams was found dead in his home in Tiburon, California shortly before noon Monday morning. According to a release from the Marin County Sheriff's Office, the suspected cause of death is suicide, although the investigation is ongoing at the time of this post.

Williams is undoubtedly most well known for his stellar comedy and acting career, but Nintendo fans will also remember his connections with the Legend of Zelda. Williams was never shy in saying he named his daughter after the titular heroine of the series. Although Zelda Williams did not always enjoy her name growing up, she later embraced it and has since stepped out as a figure at Nintendo events, including the recent Super Smash Bros. Invitational at E3.

In the video below, from 2011, Robin and Zelda talk about the origin of her name in a promotion for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D:

Many of us here likely have fond memories of Robin Williams and the roles he played in the movies and shows of our childhoods. We encourage you to share them and let them outshine what is a tragic and devastating end. If you would like to pay further tribute, also consider donating to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on behalf of Zelda Williams's gaming fundraiser. The hospital was just one of the causes her father actively supported for many years.

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Alpha2797

#1

Alpha2797 said:

I'm so sad! I literally fell apart and burst into tears when I read this. RIP Robin Williams. You will be missed.

MoonKnight7

#6

MoonKnight7 said:

Simply heartbreaking as he was gifted and wonderful actor. I'm going to watch Good Will Hunting and Aladdin to remember him. Rest in peace. My thoughts are with the family.

Spoony_Tech

#7

Spoony_Tech said:

I remember him as far back as Mork and Mindy. Great actor that will be surely missed. Too bad one of his last movies he was a bitter old man and it might of even personified his emotional state at the time.

MrZanctom

#8

MrZanctom said:

I can't even begin to start dealing with this. Who knew that a man who appeared so happy in everything he did battle depression and would commit suicide. A great actor has died today and an even greater man has also died. RIP Robin.

Jllanos22

#9

Jllanos22 said:

A part of how I am today is thanks to Robin and his movies and for that I will thank him for the rest of my life.
Rip

Yosher

#12

Yosher said:

I personally only really knew him from the Zelda commercials, but, y'know, it's still sad to see that this guy has passed away. Hope he'll find more comfort where he is now than he had during his struggles with that depression.
RIP, Robin.

Einherjar

#13

Einherjar said:

Read my forum post on that subject for my complete response to that.
I dont think that im able to recreate that.

But to repeat my closing phrase:
Dont grieve and dont moan, let us try to carry on his never ending smile.

Yosher

#16

Yosher said:

Also, this may sound silly, but this actually makes me all the more committed to making Robin one of my mains in Smash 4, if only so I can have a Robin & Zelda team. As my own little tribute to this guy. It's not much, but, y'know.

Gen0neD

#20

Gen0neD said:

I met this man. At a Game Stop in LA. I talked to him about games and thanked him for Good Morning Vietnam. He was forthcoming, honest and generous with his time. And a great deal quieter and reserved than we're all used to seeing on screen. Thanks for your time and the laughs sir. God speed.

DarkKirby

#22

DarkKirby said:

He had his critics but I enjoyed Robin Williams movies as I was growing up.

He had a depression problem? I never even heard of that, not that I follow the life of any celebrity all that closely.

sadsack777

#24

sadsack777 said:

this is a realy sad time now for the family of a true Legend, u will be missed i hope sir Williams,will never be forgot by me and the world population who new him respect for ever more ,nintendo its up to u to do something special ,

Subie98

#27

Subie98 said:

I can't even imagine what he went through let alone his family through this.

River3636

#28

River3636 said:

He was so great and still is. We still have his movies. The world according to Garp (old but awesome), mrs. Doubtfire, goodwill hunting, patch Adams, what was the one " oh Capt. my Capt." That was a great one. Their are so many I think everyone on this planet that saw one of his movies was blessed and will miss him.

KodyDawg

#30

KodyDawg said:

I just can't bear it. My favorite actor of all time commuting suicide. I wonder why he would do such a thing? It really makes me want to go back and watch Hook, Jumanji, and Aladdin for all the good times...

antipop621

#31

antipop621 said:

Dreadfully sad day. I'll never forget all his movies growing up in the 90s. I hope he's at peace now.

retro_player_22

#34

retro_player_22 said:

Oh damn I love all the films this guy starred in, very sad to see him go. Jumanji, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Popeye, Hook, Hamlet, Jack, etc. RIP Robin Williams, you will be missed.

joey302

#35

joey302 said:

Hard to believe! As powerful as depression can obviously be I cant help but wonder how the combination of having plenty of money for the best treatment and a loving family around him couldn't save him?!?!? Or am I just ignorant? Yet sincere..

HaNks

#36

HaNks said:

seems like he was struggling with addiction again lately, sad stuff RIP.

SakuraHaruka

#38

SakuraHaruka said:

Untitled
He was a Great actor, will be difficult to see the world of film without him...
R.I.P Robin Williams

jpfan1989

#39

jpfan1989 said:

Dude this is so ******* messed up! Its like this cant be real... it hasn't felt this surreal since Steve Irwin passed.

bezerker99

#40

bezerker99 said:

Robin Williams was one of the few people on the planet who could make me laugh. Pure.Comedic.Genius. I'm not much of a movie buff but I really enjoyed his films. RIP

bngrybt

#43

bngrybt said:

I was watching Aladdin today with my son. First time he'd ever seen it. During the scene where Genie shows up and sings Never Had a Friend Like Me, I got the text that Robin Williams killed himself. It was hard to finish the movie, felt really creepy after that.

kensredemption

#45

kensredemption said:

Dead Poet's Society forever, my captain.

The world has lost one of the greatest men we have ever known. When I heard the news, it felt like someone stuck a knife through my heart. He was kind of like the uncle you'd adore growing up. He'd never make you sad and he'd always make you laugh, all the while teaching you a little bit about life along the way.

I'm still in shock. I haven't been able to think about anything or anyone else all day.

You taught me to seize the day, Robin. I aim to do so for the rest of my life.

Carpe Diem.

SuperMalleo

#47

SuperMalleo said:

We have lost a great man today. He entertained us with such classics like Aladdin, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Mork and Mindy, Good Will Hunting, Jumanji, Dead Poets Society, and Good Morning Vietnam. Hard to believe suicide was the cause of his death.

R.I.P Robin Williams
1951 - 2014

ModestFan93

#49

ModestFan93 said:

@baba_944 Dead Poets Society. Saw it in school and really liked the movie. Sad hearing about this news. DOESN'T mean much but my condolences to his family.

NintendoFan64

#53

NintendoFan64 said:

To be honest, I didn't see many films with him in them, but he has brought joy to a lot of people, so it's sad to see him go.

Manaphy2007

#54

Manaphy2007 said:

@jpfan1989 i actually thought t was one of those trollish things when heard about it, checked and then i felt surreal, i really cant believe he passed away. the same happened when jenni rivera and my mom's old boss from a night club died within the same week (or maybe it was the same day).

WaxxyOne

#56

WaxxyOne said:

There are no words to express how sad I am at hearing this news. Not only was he one of the most brilliant and talented actors the world has ever known, he was a Nintendo fan and just an all-around great guy. It is terrible that depression has taken another wonderful person from us, and we're going to be feeling his loss for quite some time.

UnseatingKDawg

#65

UnseatingKDawg said:

Man, I loved him in Jumanji, Bicentennial Man, Aladdin - but most of all, in Mrs. Doubtfire. He'll be sorely missed.

FilmerNgameR

#67

FilmerNgameR said:

Wow! I never knew his daughter was Zelda Williams. Hopefully his death wasn't really suicide because that's really sad. :( I remember him in Jumanji and the live action Peter Pan movies. May he rest in peace and my condolences to his family through this tough time in life for them.

Emaan

#68

Emaan said:

I'm so sad :(

Thank you for all the smiles Robin Williams. You made my childhood all the more brighter <3
Farewell friend, oh captain my captain~

Specters

#69

Specters said:

I love Robin Williams, not only as an actor but as a person. He's a San Francisco icon (where I'm from) and one day he came to my high school cause he was friends with one of the teachers and got to meet and talk to him. Not only that but we also share the same birthday so that was cool.
We'll always have his amazing body of work and all the people he had an effect on throughout the world.

AshFoxX

#70

AshFoxX said:

R.I.P Robin Williams. Another one of my childhood idols has left this world.
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Kolzig

#71

Kolzig said:

:-(
Rest in Piece sir.

I can't even imagine the pain this causes to his family...

WiiLovePeace

#72

WiiLovePeace said:

Wow I'm stunned. I still don't believe it, doesn't seem real. I'm really sorry for his family's loss. It ain't right.

Nintendo6400

#73

Nintendo6400 said:

Today has been a terrible day! Isis is growing, a peace rally turns violent, and one of the most legendary actor, Robin Williams, died today. 2014 has been really depressing with news. It's sad.

MagicEmperor

#74

MagicEmperor said:

He had serious battles with depression, addiction and had plenty of demons, yet I never expected this. This is very saddening. He was a huge inspiration to many today, and I knew him by name since 1991's Hook (I was 5 at the time). Some of my favorite movies of all time feature him, specifically One Hour Photo and Aladdin. He was a rare gift, someone who could make you laugh or feel sorrow. And his beard in those Zelda commercials was freakin' LEGENDARY.

RIP Robin Williams. We ain't never had a friend like him!

outburst

#75

outburst said:

What Dreams May Come

One of my favorite movie of his along with many others (Good Morning Vietnam, Jumanji, Patch Adams, Bicentennial Man and many others). I've never watched Good Will Hunting since it was Italian-only here. I actually bought it 6-7 years ago but returned it to the video store. I'll buy it on Amazon (UK version) in the coming weeks. Also I didn't know back then he voiced the Genie in Aladdin. One of my favorite animated movies beside Lion King on the 90s.

Rest in peace Mr. Williams.

Ichiban

#76

Ichiban said:

This.....this is almost too much to handle. Just read this after waking up (niteshift) and it hit me like a ton of bricks.
I cant believe it. Robin is one of the people who i thought would be with us forever. I have such great memories watching his movies like Hook as a kid. Rest in peace good friend, youve earned a good rest. The world just wont be the same without the magic you brought to it

WYLD-WOO

#78

WYLD-WOO said:

So very sad...... He bought joy and laughter to millions. Going to watch a few of his classic films this week, will start with my favourite Good Morning Vietnam.

KromCompany

#79

KromCompany said:

Finding this out was one of the most heart wrenching events in history for me. I love his movies, stand-up and the things he did. We can only embrace the greatness he has created by watching his movies and laughing and crying.

Artwark

#83

Artwark said:

Why now of all the times Williams? WHY?!?!?!?!?!?

I can't believe this would ever happen. Now I'm gonna get sunk when my mom finds out about it. :'(

Ralek85

#85

Ralek85 said:

That really came out of nowhere. We'll miss you "Mrs Doubtfire", no two ways about it. You filled us with jolly laughter, and there is no greater gift than that.
My deepest sympathies for the family.

Sockymon

#86

Sockymon said:

Desperately and tremendously sad. My favourite film of his was The Fisher King. I don't think it was a huge commercial success, but it's a fabulous and moving fantasy story.

Cobra

#87

Cobra said:

Really sucks, has been a favorite comedian of mine for as long as I can remember. Toys has been my favourite movie ever since it came out... really going to miss him.

Very sad, but my thoughts go out to his wife & children.

AcesHigh73

#91

AcesHigh73 said:

To read this news this morning is absolutely devastating. As a 40+ year-old gamer and movie/TV-fan, I have just the fondest memories of Robin Williams. Such a genuinely funny and great man. I only hope that something positive can come out of such tragedy, such as a deeper understanding of the profound effects of depression.

Particularly as someone who lost his parents within just seven weeks of each other — while still in their mid-late forties — back in 1999, and who has struggled with depression and severe swings of excessive ups and downs ever since, my sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers are with Zelda and the rest of Robins family and loved ones.

My own children, aged 10 and 18, and my loving wife of 20yrs have kept me grounded for many years, and without their love and support, I genuinely believe I would not be here today. I thank them from the very bottom of my heart and sincerely hope that Zelda can find similar comfort in the weeks, months and years ahead. The pain of losing a parent in such tragic circumstances never leaves you, but it does dim. Ever so slightly and ever so gradually, God willing, it does dim.

RIP Robin Williams

Xomitsious

#92

Xomitsious said:

Robin Williams was my favourite actor by far when I was growing up. (I had even seen Popeye, one of his least well known films). No film has made me cry like Dead Poets Society's ending. I hope he has found peace.

Grumblevolcano

#93

Grumblevolcano said:

Very sad indeed. Although I only know of him via the Zelda commercials and some films such as Aladdin and Night at the Museum (it's been a very long time since I last watched a movie), I liked his roles of those I've seen.

Rest in Peace, Robin Williams. :(

Emblem

#94

Emblem said:

Sad news, he had a wholesome brand of comedy we rarely see nowadays. His serious acting and voice work was also top notch, R.I.P.

LDXD

#97

LDXD said:

My heart sank when I found this out yesterday
One of my favorite actors, the man is a legend
Still hard to believe

daniruy

#101

daniruy said:

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING VIETNAAAAAAAAAAAAAM!!!

It is so sad that someone with so many cheerful roles has died with a severe depression. I am a fan of this legendary actor.

Goodbye, Robin. My condolensces to the family, specially Zelda

MoonKnight7

#105

MoonKnight7 said:

I watched this video last night, and again this morning. I know it's an ad for OoT and the 3DS, but there is just something about this video that's so pleasant to watch. It's the very raw and open moments with Robin and his daughter. There's fun and laughter sprinkled throughout. It's nice to see Mr. Williams laugh for a change, instead of make us laugh.

That said, we will miss him profoundly. As with many others, he was an integral part of my childhood, in particular with Aladdin, which was the very first movie I fell in love with (along with the original Ninja Turtles movie). Later in life, in his more profound roles like, Good Will Hunting, Insomnia, Robin Williams Live on Broadway, etc., he showed me his range. He was poignant, scary and hysterical when he wanted to be. He enveloped every role he took, even in the films that were not so good, but I still loved them the same. Why? Because Robin Williams was in them. He never knew me, but we were friends because we spent so much time together on the small screen. My heart and thoughts are with the family. Rest in peace my friend, we will miss you.

Squashy

#107

Squashy said:

I'm also terribly sad to hear this. He was and is one of my favourite actors, I only watched Mrs. Doubtfire recently, such a classic! I'll have a look at Zelda's fundraiser that you mentioned, I would be more than happy to donate to both support a great cause and to honour her fantastic father :)

Henmii

#110

Henmii said:

If he chose suicide, that's a really sad way to go. It's also terrible for his daughter, I guess she will miss him. I hope he has peace now. Rest in peace mister Williams.

Pokefanmum82

#111

Pokefanmum82 said:

I loved this actor for a long time now. He was a hilarious man. My favorite movies of his were Birdcage, Hook, Aladdin, Mrs Doubtfire, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting and many others. He was hilarious in that show the Crazy Ones. RIP the funniest guy on the planet. You will be missed.
I haven't cried this much since Paul Walker died.

HandheldGuru97

#112

HandheldGuru97 said:

Unbelievably devastated by his death. Such an incredible, incredible human being. Rest in peace, you're free Gennie, free at last :'(

S3OL

#114

S3OL said:

Almost burst out into tears this morning while reading about this.

I hope Zelda truly appreciates what an awesome dad she had.

k8sMum

#115

k8sMum said:

I am fortunate that, being the resident little old lady of NL, I have known about Robin Williams since his appearances on Happy Days, where Mork was introduced.

While his movies were brilliant (Death to Smoochy is vastly underrated imo), his stand up was where his whip-like genius really shone. He was incredibly fast on his feet and could eviscerate a heckler. He could naturally interact with an audience and draw them into his world of intelligent insanity, skewering politicians, social mores and pretensions with glee.

Comic Relief clips are incredible. Robin, Billy and Whoopy all riffing off each other. Amazing stuff.

We'd have Robin Williams Movie Marathons in hospital when Caitie was getting chemo or was just sick as a dog from whatever. She'd be pretty stoned on pain meds and those dvds went to a whole new level of funny. We once had to watch The Birdcage for 15 hours straight. Robin helped us thru and I am grateful for all of it.

The only other celebrity death that made me cry was John Lennon. I feel the same shock I felt then, that it can't be true. But it is and it hurts.

For whatever reasons, he felt he'd had enuff. I cannot judge him and won't. It's a bad, dark place to be and we don't always find a way out of the abyss.

I apologise for the length of this post. I don't usually do TL:DRs, but I loved this man.

Scarhino89
k8sMum

#117

k8sMum said:

@joey302

I don't think you are ignorant: if you have not known anyone with it or dealt with clinical depression yourself, it is hard to understand. If you have, it's not.

Sometimes all the good things in the world just don't outweigh the pain/sadness/utter hopelessness depression creates. It's not logical, but at that moment when the decision is made, it is the only escape route the illness lets the person see.

For some, our mantra has to be 'this will pass'.

joey302

#118

joey302 said:

@k8sMum Makes sense. What happens is when you hear of tragic news such as this you try to make sense out of it in your own mind and you simply can't especially not knowing all the circumstances. Either way I was a huge fan of his and still in complete shock!! So many classic movies!! RIP Robin!

HopeNForever

#120

HopeNForever said:

I was really stunned when the news broke. He was one the few actors I knew by name at a really early stage of my childhood, albeit I probably didn't know he was the Genie in Disney's Aladdin at the time, one of my favourite childhood films.

It's strange how our local movie channel suddenly changed their schedules as tribute to the man, only to broadcast his less prominent roles in the films Fathers' Day, The Fisher King, and Insomnia. Seriously!? There are far better films that represent the man's best works.

Chris720

#121

Chris720 said:

@Spoony_Tech Actually his "last" film will be in December with Night at the Museum 3. Its like Heath Ledger all over again. But RIP Robin, you were an amazing actor and a wonderful person!

Spoony_Tech

#122

Spoony_Tech said:

@Chris720 Well the last movie I seen anyways was depressing to say the least. It was titled The Angriest Man in Brooklyn I believe. Title say it all lol.

Anyways you've been MIA for a while now. Zach has been asking what happened to you? We miss you buddy! Are you getting MH4?

Chris720

#123

Chris720 said:

@Spoony_Tech Been busy buddy, haha. Will do, along with SSB4. What's been going on with you guys? This place seriously needs some private messaging...

brokenfang

#126

brokenfang said:

The day the laughter died.

RIP Robin. You will always be remembered. You did make a difference in this world.

Bizzyb

#128

Bizzyb said:

I still can't get over it...he was such a happy joyful man in the public eye. He seemed like the most awesome guy to just have a beer and kick it with.

Damn...we lost a great one folks.

link422007

#129

link422007 said:

Nintendo, please make a tribute to one of the men that made a lot of commercials for you and even named his daughter in your game's honor. I feel that if WoW would get that tribute you might have as well.

MadAdam81

#130

MadAdam81 said:

@joey302 Depression is a mental illness generally caused by a.chemical imbalance in the brain. A common feature is mood swings - big ones - where your brain has a massive amounts of happy hormones and you feel amazing and invincible no matter what happens and then where your brain has an overload of depression hormones where everything sucks and you feel alone and terrible and in massive pain no matter what happens.
Logic and depression rarely go together, however I understand he had money issues which is why he went back to TV (The Crazy Ones made me laugh constantly, and had good story and drama as well).
Personally, I felt like I grew up with Robin Williams, with Moro and Mindy on until I was 2 and then many re-runs, followed by multiple viewings of his many movies, including Good Morning, Vietnam as a 9 year old (and also Dead Poets Society, even more inappropriately for my age). Hook, Aladdin, Fern Gully (he voiced the bat), Mrs Doubtfire and his other 90s hits received many viewings, even now (re-watched Hook just last week). I also love his stand up work and his more serious roles - One Hour Photo is the only one of those I own however. While I never met him, I shed more than a few tears as I felt like I had known him all my life.

BabyLogey

#134

BabyLogey said:

I mostly knew him for Aladdin and Hook, but wow was I shocked when I heard about this last night. In memory of Robin Williams, I am going to try to see all three of the upcoming movies he did before his death (yes, even Night at the Museum 3, even though I don't know if it really deserved a third movie). R.I.P. Genie!

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