Billy Crystal Says Goodbye To Robin Williams With “No Words”

    August 12, 2014
    Galen Velonis
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The world has been shocked by the death of Robin Williams. Most of the world knew the actor through his performances, acting, and comedy, Most are sad to see yet another iconic performer gone. However, for the select few who knew the man in person, the loss is even more devastating.

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken,” his wife Susan Schneider said, “as he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Fellow actor Ben Stiller wrote on Twitter: “A tweet cannot begin to describe the hugeness of Robin Williams heart and soul and talent. This is so sad. #RobinWilliams.”

Billy Crystal felt the same as Stiller, but in less words:

Crystal and Robins have not only been colleagues but long time friends. Crystal introduced Williams to Yankee Stadium. When Crystal fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing for the Yankees in 2008, Robins was there. “I was just so proud,” Williams said.

The comedians only appeared together in four movies: Deconstructing Harry, In Search of Dr. Seuss, Hamlet, and Fathers’ Day.

“Williams and Crystal fill the archetypal roles of most great movie comedy teams: clown and straight man, stooge and smoothie, boyish goon and suave slickster,” critic for the Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington said of their performance together in Fathers’ Day, “Like Laurel and Hardy or Martin and Lewis, they have that offbeat zingy antagonism/chemistry. Fathers’ Day is supposed to be a comedy about the belated traumas and joys of parenting as experienced by two fortyish non-fathers. But it’s much more a farce about the joys of mismatched buddyhood. Luckily, director Ivan Reitman has the right buddies working for him. Crystal and Williams squeeze more laughs out of this movie than it deserves to deliver.”

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  • Michael

    That comment Billy Crystal made on twitter “No Words” I don’t think that was a goodbye, I think that was a combination of anger and a sadness response. Billy must be so pissed at Robin for killing himself. Billy is probably thinking why would Robin do this and why didn’t he come to him for help. So many people loved Robin and would have done everything they could to help him, I just wish Robin would have thought of that before killing himself.

    • miriam everett

      I believe you’re exactly right ! Probably more sadness than anger. Billy Crystal is a Christian and knowing your good friend is an atheist has got to be the first and foremost thought in his mind. God is fair and just. Salvation is obtained the same for all. Rich or poor. Famous or obscure. GOOD OR EVIL !
      In the end, Only one life will soon be passed. Only what’s done for Christ will LAST ! That doesn’t mean GOOD WORKS ! It means accepting Jesus death in our place on the cross reconciles us to a Holy God. When we take our last breath on earth, we take our first breath in eternity. The fact that one may not believe this truth, at the point of death is irrelevant. Reality is, there is a Heaven and there is a Hell. I take comfort in knowing that Jesus Christ/ God in human form, is willing to forgive even at our last breath ! He said to the other man hanging on the cross next to him when he swallowed his PRIDE and asked for forgiveness, TODAY you will be with me in Paradise ! I believe Billy Crystal told these truths to Robin Williams. Regardless of how his life ended, if Robin acknowledged that, he is with the Lord today ! Romans 10 :13, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved ! Including you, Michael. Not only is the Bible our instruction book for life, it is our love letter from our Creator ! Thank-you Lord for saving my soul !