Robin Williams, 2011
The world lost a brilliant funnyman Monday, when comic Robin Williams died in an apparant suicide at his home in central California. He was 63.
Williams' zany, brainy comedy won fans of all ages and stages during his career. He broke through on the 1978 television comedy series Mork and Mindy, where he played an alien possessed with kindness, wit and savvy. The show ran for four years.
He was famous for high-energy, off-the-cuff stream-of consciousness humor. He may have been the quickest wit ever to appear.
He had been battling severe depression recently, his manager said. More information about his death is expected Tuesday after a medical investigation is conducted, but his manager asked for time and space so his family could deal with the loss privately.
Williams starred in the movies in 1987 in Good Morning Vietnam, where he played a beloved, rebellious Army radio deejay in a true story. He portrayed a matronly housekeeper in Mrs. Doubtfire in 1993, a psychologist in Good Will Hunting, a university professor in Dead Poets Society. He starred in three HBO comedy specials as well as many movies, television and stage shows and stand-up comedy tours.
President Barak Obama said, "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien -- but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most -- from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets."
In 1997, Williams won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Good Will Hunting.
For some time to come, Williams will appear in movies that were previously filmed, including another appearance as Teddy Roosevelt in the next installment of Night at the Museum.