Robin would have been 66 years old today. Happy birthday Robin. I love you and miss you so much. I wish you were still here.
The Crazy Ones season one is now available for pre order on amazon. No release date has been set as of this time. http://www.amazon.com
You may have read comments on social media sites, blogs, message boards etc. calling me a coward. I am not a coward. Just because I sometimes spout off unpopular opinions doesn’t make me a coward. Just because I decided to leave live journal and fan pop doesn’t make me a coward. Just because I deleted a blog I no longer use doesn’t make me a coward. I still have social media. I chose to leave fan pop and live journal because I was being cyber stalked a few years ago and the woman who was cyber stalking me set up accounts on those sites to bully and harass me. I’m not even a celebrity. I’m just a regular person.
I’ve been thinking about Robin Williams a lot lately. I read an article where someone called him a coward for ending his life. They don’t know the kind of pain he had to live with for most of his life. Nobody knows except for Robin because he kept his pain inside. It really saddens me he was so sad for so long. It saddens me when his health was failing, he felt he had no other choice but to end it all. You shouldn’t judge someone unless you have been in their shoes. The thought of not being able to work anymore because of Parkinson’s Disease and dementia completely devastated him. The thought of losing his mind devastated him. The possibility Susan may have been planning to leave him devastated him. She may have thought about leaving him because of his Parkinson’s Disease. He already had two failed marriages. I don’t think he could have survived a third failed marriage. He lived to entertain us. He had a great career and when it was over he made his final exit.
I was 7 when I first saw Robin on Happy Days. I thought he was very funny and I hoped he would get his own show which he did. His roll as the lovable alien Mork from Ork on Happy Days led to him getting his own TV show Mork and Mindy which was a spin off of Happy Days. Mork and Mindy lasted only four seasons but it also catapulted Robin into movies and the rest is history. I’m lucky I’m old enough to have been here from the beginning of his career to the tragic end of both his career and unfortunately his life. He was probably the only classically trained actor who could make people laugh.
Robin was lucky enough to get into Julliard which is a famous acting and music school in New York City. His room mate was Christopher Reeve. Robin and Chris became best friends. Actually they were more than friends. They were like brothers. While at Julliard, Robin was a mime and often performed outside in Central Park for money. Robin left Julliard in 1976 after only three years. He was 25.
He tried to get acting rolls but he couldn’t so he did stand up comedy. He loved acting and making people laugh so much. However, he had his demons. Even though he was great in the dramas he was in, he always had to be funny. In every interview he did, he couldn’t sit still for very long and he was always funny. In many longer interviews such as Inside the Actors Studio, instead of just being himself and talking about his movies to a group of drama students, he had to be funny and make them laugh.
Unfortunately, as he got older fewer good roles came to him. The last year of his life, he had a new TV show called The Crazy Ones where he played an ad executive. Unfortunately, it was not picked up for another season and was canceled after the first season. I think one of the reasons was people were expecting him to be as crazy and as zany as Mork. Sadly, he was devastated when his show was canceled. To make matters worse, he was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease and his last several movies were only released in very select cities and video on demand so most people didn’t get to see them. He felt his career was over. It was rumored he signed on to do Mrs. Doubtfire 2 which was scrapped after his passing.
There will never be another Robin Williams. He was one of a kind. There can never be another Mork and Mindy because no other comedian is as funny as Robin was. He had a sense of humor that was uniquely his. Sorry, I don’t find the new crop of comedians funny. They may be smart people but I think their humor is stupid. These are people like Jim Carey, Will Ferral, Tyler Perry and Rosie O’Donnell to name a few. No offense if you are a fan of these people. Too each his own.
Mork and Mindy season 4 will finally be released on DVD in December. I’m going to add this to my wish list. I don’t know why this wasn’t released when Robin was alive.
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I loved Robin Williams. I grew up with him. I fell in love with him when I was seven years old while watching Mork and Mindy. He never failed to make me laugh. I laugh when I think about him because I always think about the fun times when he made me laugh. It helps me with the healing process. I feel like I lost a close best childhood friend. I feel so bad for his family and friends. I haven’t been able to watch any of the tribute videos on youtube yet because this is still a sad time for me. At least we have his movies to watch. I enjoy reading all the tribute his friends have done for him. I saw the tribute to Robin at the Emmy awards last night on line and it was good. I’m thankful we had him as long as we did. Robin Williams R. I. P. (rest in peace).
I’m so disappointed CBS canceled The Crazy Ones. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. I had a feeling this show would last only one season. So much for Robin’s return to television. At least he has his movie/voice over career to fall back on.
Pam Dawber guest stars on The Crazy Ones tonight at 9:30 eastern time. Sorry, I haven’t heard if this show will be picked up for another season.
Next Thursday Pam Dawber will guest star on The Crazy Ones. I’m really looking forward to this episode.
Watch an all new The Crazy Ones this week at a new time, 9:30 eastern time 8:30 central time on CBS. I don’t know what’s up with the time change.