“Come on, it is time for Mork and Mindy!” My sisters and I hurriedly finished what we were doing so that we could sit in front of the TV. We loved this show! For half an hour each week, we sat on the floor and watched these two characters and their antics. We would raise our hand with our fingers joined as Mork’s were, and repeat “nanu-nanu” with him. The show was popular with my friends too and often was a point of discussion the day after an episode had aired. How sad we were when there were no longer any stories on the characters Mork and Mindy.
We did, however, see Robin Williams in action again. The first film that comes to mind is Mrs Doubtfire. I cannot say how many times I have seen this comedy. What I do admit to is that each time I have watched it, I laughed. Other actors have attempted to do what Robin Williams did in this film but, in my opinion, they have not succeeded. Mrs Doubtfire was believable, she was lovable, she was every inch the school marm – and became an iconic character.
The film that struck a deep chord within me was Dead Poets Society. As an educator myself, the story of a man who changed the lives of his students resonated. It was not only the storyline, however, that I enjoyed but the acting as well. This film showed Robin Williams to be not only a comedian, but a great actor who deserved to receive the Academy Award for his role in this film and in other movies. Often I remember a phrase from this story, Carpe Deim (seize the day), and try to remember to make use of the opportunities that come my way.
I am sure to hear the voice of this beloved actor again when my children watch the film Aladdin. In this film, Robin Williams reads the voice of Genie with pizzazz, verve and humour. I do admit to the genie being my favourite character in this trilogy because he is so funny. And I enjoy seeing the children laugh in response to his voice.
Robin Williams was an actor who brought much joy into people’s lives. When we went to watch him – whether in a comedy or a drama – we knew we would be entertained.
I will miss the opportunity of seeing him again on screen and will mourn his loss. May he rest in peace.
Which are your favourite films starring Robin Williams?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014