Why you should care

The 63-year-old actor made us laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. We will miss him like crazy. 

Seems the whole world is grieving over the loss of Robin Williams, the 63-year-old comedian and actor known for his lightning wit, mad genius and astonishing breadth. Over the course of his career, he played a genie, a gay theater director, a blithe and loveable alien, a sad, cross-dressing divorcé, Peter Pan, a beloved prep school teacher, a beloved psychologist and a beloved physician. He made us laugh so hard our stomachs hurt. Then he made us cry, for the man had soul in spades.

Williams leaves behind his wife and three children — and legions of adoring fans. Yesterday, OZY invited readers to share their favorite Robin Williams characters and movies on our Facebook page. The response was overwhelming; a small sample is reproduced below.

Laurel Beason: What was so great was that his characters had heart — authentic feeling underneath the frantic hilarity.

Sharon Tyner-Tiffee: By the way, he had the very best hairy chest in America!!!!

So Robin, thanks for making me appreciate a good hearty laugh and loving it.

Carol Campanoli: Good Morning Vietnam and Patch Adams were my favorites, but more than his movies I admired him as a giving and caring human being. He was a special man and it upsets me he died in the manner he did.

Justine Kohr: I grew up with Robin Williams. He made me laugh. He made me cry. He warmed my heart. Hook and Dead Poets Society still remain two of my favorite movies to this day. He showed me that it was okay to have an imagination. He was quite possibly the most lovable character of all time. I’m heartbroken.

Leslie Dela Vega: I remember not finding anything funny on television as a kid. Nothing and NO ONE made me laugh … until Mork & Mindy came on. I enjoyed the show so much that when he came to San Francisco for a standup act, I saved $300 to purchase a balcony ticket. So Robin, thanks for making me appreciate a good hearty laugh and loving it.

Mark Blanks: In my opinion I never saw a bad Robin Williams movie, and I think I have seen them all.

Mork & Mindy. That’s when we got our first T.V. R.I.P., Robin.

Robert Jones: How can anyone choose just one character of Robin Williams? The only way I could do that is to put the character’s names in a hat and then choose one. The way I feel no matter which one I chose it would be a winner. He brought so much to all of his roles you would make a great choice no matter which one you picked.

Ella Whitmore: Mork & Mindy. That’s when we got our first T.V. R.I.P., Robin.

Djanne Altier: What an amazing talent….The world lost a special one.

Deborah Marie Fuller: My goodness, you will be missed.

Linda DeTemple Stonaker: I recorded every single episode of Mork & Mindy on my new Beta-Max. Thought I would watch those tapes forever. Rest in peace, Robin. Thanks for all the wonderful memories.

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