Adequate adjectives to describe Robin Williams' comedic and dramatic skills don't exist. You had to experience Williams to understand. So I am not likely to say anything about the man that hasn't already been said.
To put it simply, like the rest of you, I was in awe of him.
I rarely watch TV, and in the 1970s, I never, ever watched Happy Days. It was purely an accident that I caught him on the show Feb. 28, 1978. That's the day the world was introduced to Mork from Ork.
This guy -- I said at the time -- is going to be huge.
What I always admired about Williams was his willingness to gamble. Yes, he did way too many mundane movies. To live the lifestyle, you have to work. But when he was bad, Williams was really bad.
He was -- however -- always stretching, always reaching for the new and unique, and when it worked, no one was ever better. Gambling got him a deserved Oscar, several Golden Globes, other awards and many, many nominations.
No one was ever better at ad-libbing than Williams. Aladdin's genie, Good Morning Vietnam and even Mrs. Doubtfire are great examples. He was also an incredibly talented dramatic actor. In drama, we all know about Good Will Hunting but few of us remember the pathetic little man he did in One Hour Photo. It may be his best-ever performance.
The beauty of the electronic age is having thousands of hours of interviews, comedy routines, promotional and charity events, and movies. Like the great comedians of the past -- Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, Laurel & Hardy, Abbot and Costello -- we will now and forever be able to enjoy the laughter and love that is now his legacy.
For us who loved and were in awe of him, Robin Williams still lives.