A Tribute to Robin Williams

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Premier

I heard the news today later than most, yet like the rest of the nation I’m saddened, stunned, and confused at the death of Robin Williams.

Robin Williams was a truly iconic figure across generations, and across continents. It’s safe to say we won’t see his like again. The collective feeling in his audience was always amazement, regardless of the subject matter. His power though, was to connect with the individual  as if he was their best friend.


Like most of us over the age of 40, I saw him first on Happy Days. An odd addition to a show set in the 50’s, but I suspended my disbelief with the best of them and followed him over to Mork & Mindy. I’m sure I didn’t get half of what my older friends were chuckling about but I never missed it.

A few years later, my parents couldn’t put down a book called The World According to Garp. I was happy to see the movie but wasn’t prepared for what I saw though. Williams told the story about as true to what I can imagine Irving’s Garp to be – vulnerable, brilliant, angry, and forgiving. To this day, I think about things being “pre-diastered” as Williams’ Garp put it.


There is a body of work since and while some films might not have been commercial successes or critically acclaimed, they still touched viewers in a way only Robin could. On a personal note, the hug that Billy Crystal gave him when he won his Oscar for Good Will Hunting says a lot about how those who knew him better than the rest of us felt about him.

For many of us though, the dramatic role that typifies Robin will always be as our Captain. He who made the sweaty toothed madman real for so many of us who thought that poetry was a waste of our time. Afterward we wondered what verse we would contribute to life and sounded our Barbaric Yawp ever since.

We're lucky that Robin Williams contributed many verses. However, we're left wishing that he could have had a few more stanzas.


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William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Nate, I must say that this was a fine tribute to Robin Williams. His passing is a real loss to the entertainment business. It is also very sad that he felt the need to take his own life proving once again tha riches and fame does not always lead to happiness. RIP Robin!

Aug 11, 2014 02:52 PM #1
Rhonda Lindenbaum
Las Vegas, NV
Keller Williams Unique Real Estate Consultant

nice tribute I just can't get over the shock and saddneess i'm feeling regarding his passing.  His role of patch adams and of course Good morning vietnam are the classics.  I am a former, and still have my license as  a psych nurse, depression is a terrible mental illness and just shows that it is a deadly illness.

Aug 11, 2014 03:45 PM #2
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

A very funny man. I was saddened to hear of the news yesterday.  Too young, far too young.

Aug 11, 2014 08:11 PM #3
David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
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What a loss, such a gifted individual.  He will be missed.

Aug 12, 2014 01:43 AM #4
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I wonder if Robin Williams could have seen this huge outpouring of love, respect and admiration just one day earlier, would he still be around with us today?

Take this opportunity today to reach out to those in your life that you care about and tell them how much of a difference they make.

Aug 13, 2014 06:31 PM #5
Holly Biltz
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
I sell the dream of Home Ownership!

So sad he will be missed one of a kind for sure!

Aug 14, 2014 02:34 AM #6
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