wow....i've been sitting here pretty much all day, in fact for the past few days, with my mind fixated on my new baby that is getting ready to be born when my beautiful wife has labor induced tomorrow (tuesday). i've been dreaming about the new life that is getting ready to enter the world and then i see this. it saddens me a bit just because he was just such a big part of my life growing up. life goes on. i hate that his depression took him to such depths that ending his life seemed like the best alternative to living. i've seen it happen with others that were close to me and it's never a joking matter or something to make light of. that said...life here has to go on and part of it is remembering those who played a part of it, even some of those who i only saw on screen like williams. it wasn't often that i thought of him, but just getting hit with this news i am hit with a flood of memories of roles and appearances on tv that brought a wider range of emotion and pulled that emotion out of me than probably anybody else out of hollywood.
he was one of the funniest and most entertaining individuals in my lifetime (40 something years). i first watched him play mork on happy days for a very weird episode and then years on mork and mindy and then he exploded on the big screen.
while he had some very funny roles, he was always at his funniest, imo, when he just cut loose on talk shows.
then he ventured away from comedy and went to more serious roles that are among some of the most memorable i will likely ever remember.
among my favorites...
(interesting...two great actors lost this year and way too early)