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A True Talent Taken : God Bless You Robin Williams

August 12, 2014

Depression has claimed another high profile human being this week.

Beloved actor Robin Williams used a belt to take his own life Monday afternoon at his home in Tiburon, California. I had just arrived home from work when I got the word. I immediately turned on CNN and slumped into my couch, where I remained for the rest of the evening.

Robin Williams was hands down my favorite actor. I consider his 1990 film “Awakenings,” to be the greatest movie ever made. In the film, Williams plays British neurologist Oliver Sacks, a man who assisted patients suffering from encephalitis in the 1920s. This is a picture I have seen dozens of times since it was released, and just sat down last week and played it for my 12-year-old daughter for the first time.

There’s no arguing Robin Williams was funny, but it was his dramatic roles that moved me and made me a fan. His work in movies such as “Dead Poet’s Society,” “The Fisher King,” “What Dreams May Come,” “Insomnia,” “One Hour Photo,” “World’s Greatest Dad,” and “Good Will Hunting,” showed the range of this brilliant artist.

I am a passionate movie fan, and there is no other actor, or actress, I’ve ever seen that could lift and deliver the feelings of sadness and joy from a script to the “big screen” as effectively as Robin Williams, and he didn’t need words or musical accompaniment to pull it off. His vessel for delivering these emotions were his facial expressions, which I always found remarkable.

I am terribly sad we lost this man on Monday, and the manner in which he took his life is heart breaking.

Depression is ruthless, and does not discriminate.

RIP Mr. Williams

 

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