It has been announced that the actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at the age of sixty-three. Marin County police in California have stated that the apparent cause of death was suicide by asphyxiation. Williams had been battling depression for a number of years.
He started out performing stand up comedy in nightclubs. It was here that he was seen and cast in the role of Mork in two episodes of the TV show Happy Days. The popularity of the character led to the commissioning of a spin-off show, Mork and Mindy, which ran for four seasons. After a false start the movies with the poorly received live action version of Popeye, he became an international star when cast in the role of Adrian Cronauer in Good Morning, Vietnam. This opened up new avenues for Williams and he was able to sustain a long career in both comedic and more dramatic roles. With Dead Poets Society he and nuance that delivered a performance of subtlety and nuance that surprised many. He is probably best remembered for his performances in the gender swap comedy Mrs Doubtfire and as the voice of the genie in Disney’s Aladdin.
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