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August 12 2014

Robin Williams dead at 63. Sarah Michelle Gellar's costar in The Crazy Ones has died, and will be sorely missed. In a statement to People Magazine, Sarah described Robin as "the Father I had always dreamed of having".

Yeah, very sad, but a little far from being directly Whedon-related. If SMG makes a statement, that might be more appropriate to post.
She did have this tweet.
Yeah, I saw that, but not quite a statement. Although I guess you could say that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Definitely a situation too sad for words. RIP to Robin Williams. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

[ edited by Anne 5_by_5 on 2014-08-12 07:01 ]
I'll miss him. Admittedly, I've seen relatively little of his work, but what I have seen has ranged from hilarious to very emotionally engaging. He was talented.
My heart is broken. There'll never be another like him.
don't care if it's off-topic, this is very sad news.
I don't care either and, honestly, I've seen posts with just as tenuous connections get approved so we can not? It's a very sad day and it'd be nice if people had a post to pay their respects. Very sad for SMG who seems to have grown rather close to him over the past months :( Poor man. RIP.
Depression is a terrible disease to live with. You can be laughing and joking, but inside you feel like a deep, bleak, black emptiness is where your heart should be. You could be hanging out with friends, but in the back of your mind you're thinking "Would they even notice if I was gone?"

It's even worse if you can't afford treatment - your financial situation feeds into the depression. You find ways to blame yourself, even if it's something completely out of your control.

I can't help wondering how Sarah explains this to her little ones. "Why is Mommy sad? Because a very good friend of hers was hurting and couldn't get the help he needed."

Rest in peace, you crazy, brilliant soul.
Glad to see a link to this on the main page. Williams was - and will remain - an absolute comedic giant. The world is a duller, poorer place with him not in it. I'm sure he played no small part, via his stunning turn in Dead Poets Society, in me becoming a teacher, for which I am forever grateful. Williams' wit, and his embracing of elements both incisive and absurd is a celebration of the wonder that can be realised when words, intention and meaning get together and have a jolly good time. The same part of me that loves the Whedonverse loved Robin Williams. It's the magic of genius, really; it gets you every time. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
This is very heartbreaking. Hugs to all of you.

RIP Robin Williams
Sarah did release a statement, to People Magazine. Very sweet and heartfelt, about how Robin was the father she always dreamed of having, and how he was Uncle Robin to her kids. I'll try to post it tomorrow when I'm at a computer.

He was an astonishing guy. I've been a fan since the Mork & Mindy days. I'll always remember seeing him on a live TV show, around that time, doing Shakespearian-style improv. Hilarious and just brilliant.

The thought that occurred to me was, "Buffy finally got the dad she deserved."
The statement is online so I've added that to the entry. There's few actors I would describe as a force of nature, Robin Williams was one of them. I grew up watching him in Mork and Mindy. That's what I'll remember him for, a naive little alien telling his boss about how wonderful humanity is.
This was very sad to hear yesterday.My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.
It's still shocking to know he passed. I grew up watching him and I'm glad The Crazy Ones was on so recently to be able to enjoy watching him again. I feel bad for Sarah and his costars that seemed to truly love him, along with all of his family and friends. Rest in peace, Robin.
Thank you for this thread. Robin Williams was such a part of my life and I didn't realize it. Every movie, quote, sitcom, scene quoted just hurts today.

Simon, I forgot about those scenes at the end of Mork & Mindy. He argues for us. *sniff**

I'd like to give SMG a hug too.

Depression and addiction suck, and the stigma on mental illness is even more terrible.
To the Monitors:
Thank you for allowing me to post this. I felt it was relevant,
as it relates to SMG and "The Crazy Ones". And it's important,
because all of us, Whedonites, newbies and the uninitiated,
have suffered a great loss.

Robin, you will be sorely missed.
:( such sad news. I was at a loss of words when I saw the news. Special snow flake is how I saw Robin Williams. I knew him first as Genie and then afterward so many lively characters. The true entertainer. He always struggled, it's heartbreaking to think it was to the end.
I, like many of us, I would imagine, have experienced the devastating effects of depression on a loved one. It may even be part of the reason why Joss' work resonates so much with me -- fighting the good fight, whether against evil, depression, substance abuse or other demons.

Angel: But I do know it's important to keep fighting. I learned that from you.
Buffy: But we never...
Angel: We never win.
Buffy: Not completely.
Angel: Never will. That's not why we fight. We do it because there's things worth fighting for.

If nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do.

We never stop fighting. Even when -- admittedly -- things seem pretty bleak. Especially when things seems pretty bleak.

My understanding is that Mr. Williams fought the good fight for many, many years, and I salute him.

Love and a lot of jumbled thoughts,
In regards to depression, or even just feeling down, I've always liked this quote:
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says "I'll try again tomorrow".

- Mary Anne Radmacher
Robin was an 18-year-old classmate and castmate in the theater program at the Claremont Colleges, when I was a sophomore there. We knew him then as Robb.

The Williams trademark manic persona was barely a gleam in his eye at the time--he was only just experiencing his newfound love of improvisation and acting. Yet it was obvious there was something extraordinarily different and special about the man, even then.

I always told myself that someday I would write to him and ask what he remembered and felt about those early days. Why did I keep putting it off? RIP dear Robin.

P.S. And to the commenter who favorably compared the Whedonverse to the Williamsverse? Yes.

[ edited by mjkbk on 2014-08-12 17:34 ]
Robin Williams will always be Professor Keating from The Dead Poets Society to me. That movie had a profound effect on me when I was a teenager. I felt like he was *my* teacher, and the first person to tell me it was ok to be the person I am. I will always treasure Williams for that.

O Captain! My Captain!

[ edited by electricspacegirl on 2014-08-12 19:14 ]
So very sad. :(

My heart goes out to his family.
I'm so glad for this thread. I tried to find an appropriate link yesterday--to connect SMG to Williams, for it to pass muster with the mods--but it was too soon after the announcement, and all that seemed available was SMG's tweet. So I passed on that idea. But I, like so many others, was stunned by his death. And, although I was already beginning to teach, I also found Dead Poets Society inspirational, and I hoped some of my students someday would walk away from my class with the same kind of love for life and learning that his character passed on to his. I think that was my favorite of his roles. "Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary."
This was such sad and shocking news. I also grew up watching him first on Mork and Mindy. What a unique and irreplaceable talent.
I am trying to avoid anything in/on the news because it all seems too eager to focus on the how and speculate on the why. Besides an interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, I think I will let his range of work speak for itself.
I too am gutted. His daughter's tweet http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/08/12/zelda-williams-tweets-moving-message-to-dad-robin-williams/13944991/
for me connects up the magic sensibility of Saint-Exupery and the Whedonverse, which I found at very different times of my life but each of which connected with the most important parts of me. To know that this likely meant a great deal to RW as well, makes me feel even more connected to a man who's work astounded me and whose authentic humanity is becoming more apparent to me via postings that have appeared since his death. Robin, I wish for you what Buffy experienced: I was happy. Wherever I was... I was happy... at peace. I knew that everyone I cared about was all right. I knew it. Time... didn't mean anything. Nothing had form. But I was still me, you know? And I was warm. And I was loved. And I was finished. Complete.
It's a good thing that Sarah Michelle was able to get to know the father she always wanted to have and that she can celebrate his life.
Shadow Quest said it best:
"Depression is a terrible disease to live with. You can be laughing and joking, but inside you feel like a deep, bleak, black emptiness is where your heart should be. You could be hanging out with friends, but in the back of your mind you're thinking "Would they even notice if I was gone?""

This is something I, and too many other people in this world feel nearly every day. I'm shocked and so very sad about the loss of such a wonderful talented man. I'm not sure why this hit me as hard as it did, we lose people all the time but the loss of Robin Williams brought me to tears and to be honest, my first thought was of Sarah Michelle. I watched every episode of The Crazy Ones just to see the chemistry between SMG and RW, as others have said, I also thought of it as Buffy finally getting the Father she deserved.

If you ever feel that all consuming depression, please talk to someone, because even though you may not think it, people WILL notice if you're gone.
bloodyrockerswitch I've been battling it since fourth grade (1984) - I was suicidal to the point that each year the previous teacher would "warn" the new teacher about me. I'd contemplate jumping over the wall of the stairwell, or out of the window onto the pile of construction debris below. I once made a mental list of all the ways to kill yourself in a car.

During Motor City Buffy Con, which should've been the happiest little "vacation" I ever had, as I swam in the pool early Saturday morning, I wondered how long it'd take someone to find my body if I drowned. "What if Tony or Amber walked in for a swim?" "My roommates don't even know me that well - would they notice if I didn't come back?"

Insidious, nasty little thoughts that won't ever go away. Some people try to silence them with booze or drugs, some people take the more permanent route.

Sadly, there is a "benefit" to his death - depression and other mental illnesses are being talked about a lot. It's unfortunate that it had to take the loss of a comic genius and, by all accounts, genuinely wonderful person, to bring them to light and get people talking about them. Society has always shunned those with mental illnesses, shunting them aside, "out of sight, out of mind," instead of trying to understand and help them. It's almost as if they were afraid that by reaching out to someone afflicted, they'd be "contaminated" themselves.

Listen up, people: Depression is not a "contact disease." You can't contract it by touching or hanging out with someone who has it. What you can, do, however, is help that person. Sometimes all we need is for someone to say, genuinely, "I'm here, and I want to help." A hug, an attentive ear, a shoulder to cry on. Every little bit helps. Anything to help us know and accept that we're not alone, that there's someone out there who cares.
James Leary posted a lovely tribute to Robin on his facebook today.
I gasped when I heard that Robin Williams had passed. It took me a couple of hours to even begin to think it was real.

My daughter and I watched Dead Poet's Society together and were forever changed by it. It haunted us both when we talked about his passing that day.

O Captain, My Captain - thank you for the laughter and the tears and the humanity you shared with all of us.

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