Pam Dawber of ‘Mork and Mindy’, Other Co-Stars Remember Robin Williams

    August 15, 2014
    Pam Wright
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The world has reacted with shock and sadness this week to the death of Robin Williams, who was found dead in his Tiberon, California home on Monday. The 63-year-old, beloved actor’s death was ruled a suicide by hanging.

Those who worked with him and knew him well shared their thoughts following the tragic news.

“I am completely and totally devastated. What more can be said?” — Mork and Mindy co-star Pam Dawber, in a statement.

“My life is a better place because I knew Robin Williams. To my children he was Uncle Robin, to everyone he worked with, he was the best boss anyone had ever known, and to me he was not just an inspiration but he was the Father I had always dreamed of having. There are not enough adjectives to describe the light he was, to anyone that ever had the pleasure to meet him. I will miss him everyday, but I know the memory of him will live on. And to his family, I thank them for letting us know him and seeing the joy they brought him. Us crazy ones love you. God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” — The Crazy Ones co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar, in a statement.

“Heartbroken. Thanks chief — for your friendship and for what you gave the world. Robin had a ton of love in him. He personally did so much for so many people. He made Matt and my dreams come true. What do you owe a guy who does that? Everything. May you find peace my friend.” — Ben Affleck, in a statement, referring to Williams starring in his and Matt Damon’s first acting/writing venture, Good Will Hunting.

“His kindness and generosity is what I think of. How kind he was to anyone who wanted to connect with him. And he could not help but be funny all the time. He would do something as long as it would keep you laughing. He made many, many film crews laugh out loud before the audiences ever saw it. He made such a big impact on the world. So there is the man, and his talent, and I think in his case both were extraordinary.” — Night at the Museum co-star Ben Stiller, in a statement.

“I feel I have to say something more than just ‘heartbreaking and shocking,’ which everyone has said and I feel as well, but something a little more personal. Thus the following: One day in 1995 while riffing in the character of a snobby French toy store owner, Robin made me laugh so hard and so long that I cried. It seemed to please him to no end. Yesterday, I cried again at the thought that he was gone. What I will always remember about Robin, perhaps even more than his comic genius, extraordinary talent and astounding intellect, was his huge heart — his tremendous kindness, generosity and compassion as an acting partner, colleague and fellow traveler in a difficult world. My heartfelt condolences to his wife and family.” — The Birdcage co-star Nathan Lane, in Time magazine.

“I feel stunned and so sad about Robin. I’m sad for the world of comedy. And so very sad for his family. And I’m sad for Robin. He always lit up when he was able to make people laugh, and he made them laugh his whole life long…. tirelessly. He was one of a kind. There will not be another. Please God, let him now rest in peace.” — Mrs. Doubtfire co-star Sally Field, in a statement.

—”Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone.” — Steven Spielberg, in a statement.

“I saw him on stage the very first time he auditioned at the Improv and we have been friends ever since. It’s a very sad day.” — Jay Leno, in a statement.

“We have lost one of our most inspired and gifted comic minds, as well as one of this generation’s greatest actors. To watch Robin work, was a magical and special privilege. His performances were unlike anything any of us had ever seen, they came from some spiritual and otherworldly place. He truly was one of the few people who deserved the title of ‘genius.'” — Hook director Chris Columbus, in a statement.

“Robin and I were great friends, suffering from the same little-known disease: depression. I never could have expected this ending to his life, and to ours with him. God bless him and God bless us all for his LIFE! I cannot believe this. I am overwhelmed with grief. What a wonderful man/boy and what a tremendous talent in the most important art of any time – comedy! I loved him.” — Chevy Chase, in a statement.

“I’ve never known a sweeter, brighter, more considerate person than Robin. Robin’s commitment as an artist to lifting our mood and making us happy is compared to none. He loved us all and we loved him back.” — John Travolta, in a statement.

“To see Robin perform was an experience. He was more than a comedian. He was a comedy force of nature. I remember hearing that Robin was once doing a press junket in Germany. One of the reporters asked him, ‘Why is it that Germany is not known for comedy?’ Robin answered, ‘Well, you killed all your funny people.’ I laughed out loud when I heard that. I thought, how sick and how wonderfully truthful.” — comedian Gilbert Gottfried, in a statement.

“I was lucky to work with him as an actor and witness first hand the magic of what made him a legend, the wit and other worldly improv skills.” — Hook co-star Dante Basco (Rufio), in a statement.

Image via Robin Williams, Instagram

  • Dago T

    “The 63-year-old, beloved actor’s death was ruled a suicide by hanging. He was 63.”

    Anyone know how old he was???

  • Doug

    People always say, when we lose someone, that they were “one of a kind”. I think the term was created for this man.

    • Sydney

      Couldn’t agree more. Robin was a comedic genius and someone whose legacy will live on for generations to come. He truly was “one of a kind.”

  • Doug

    If that’s all you get out of what this man accomplished in his life, then I feel sorry for you. Millions upon millions were the beneficiaries of his humor, his wit, and his kindness.

    What have you done?

    • Linda J Solomon

      You’re right about that. One of the negative people who have nothing good to say or share onto someone more positive Doug right?

  • Nancy

    You’re an asshole!!!!!

    • Biker

      Nah … assholes have a legitimate purpose.

  • Sydney

    It’s people like YOU who are the Real Cowards in this world. Depression is a serious mental health illness. I know as I’ve had it since childhood. Robin was loved by millions and his legacy will live on and on. What will your legacy be ….. besides spewing hateful comments about a subject you clearly know nothing about (?). Get educated before posting such hateful words friend ………

  • Joey F

    You choose to believe the latter because you’re too lazy to educate yourself about the realities of depression, like a lot of other low-intellect people.

  • Lorraine

    Wow, Richard. You’re a real jerk. Haven’t you ever been told not to judge another until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes? Well if you haven’t, consider yourself told now. If there is a proctology convention coming up, you should sign up to be the keynote speaker. You should be in good company among a group of people who are ass hole experts.

  • Biff

    Yet you live, go figure.

  • Linda J Solomon

    Dear dear man with a wonderful extraordinary heart and brain lost to all of us this week am so sad. :'(

  • Linda J Solomon

    Why bother if you CHOOSE to be so negative? You haven’t any idea what he as a wonderful human being who GAVE so much to the world was going through! I wonder if you ever CHOOSE to be positive with a – statement like that? Who cares……onto someone more positive.

  • John

    I choose the first. I assume Richard has never dealt with depression or addiction.

  • Rachel Carver

    Well, Mr. Bartz, in every situation, there always seems to be that 10% idiot/asshole factor that feels the need to be known…. and you just jumped right in there, didn’t you? Hope people are kinder about you when you’re gone.

  • Janis Y

    Whatever you thought of him doesn’t really matter, he was a genious! He will definetly be missed!

  • Tom Tucker

    Richard, the reason you choose the latter is because you are a simple minded

  • bobjr4freedom

    There is no words as Billy Crystal said.How can you describe someone’s loss who made you laugh for years,who inspired you,touched you for years?I often think of the cup President Kennedy had.On it said three things,”God,human holly and laughter.The first two are beyond our comprehension so we must do what we can with the third.”Robin Williams did all he could with laughter and I won’t forget anyone who does what they can with laughter.It’s still a shock but I won’t forget that brief shining moment who made us laugh.The world’s a little emptier today but I will laugh,we will laugh again we owe Robin that and we owe him to never hide from someone if you need a hand,or a voice or an ear to be with you.Depression I hate even more today.

  • lynn

    Only your ignorance is showing in this statement. Never have had depression, no you’re one of those who say oh just snap out of it, how I wish it was that easy. He gave us all a lifetime, his lifetime of being an incredible comedian, while hiding the demon of depression because you don’t want to see, maybe if and when he took drugs it help relieve the pain he was in you ignorant ass!!

  • James Carbajal

    Robin made the time here on this planet bearable, although those of us still here will live on, our laughter will be less powerful, and the opportunity to see a genius actor/comedian/human create comedy out of thin air about the everyday things we take for granted are gone, his memory will live on!! Let’s not allow the time we have left to be taken for granted. Thank you Robin for all your decades of laughter and for your humanity, as you once said so well, “One is glad to be of service”!!!!!

  • Cheryl

    He( Richard) just wants attention…please don’t waste your time giving it to him

    • Veronica

      So true. A troll no doubt. Ignore. Codolences to all Robin’s family & friends. You will be remembered Robin. Thank you for sharing such wonderful entertaining moments with the world.

  • ann roberts

    Then sir, you are not a very smart man.

  • Chris Ezrre

    Of all the actors and people of fame and notoriety, losing Robin Williams saddened me more than I could have ever thought! I am nothing but a huge fan who appreciated his talent as comedian and as an actor. The joy he brought to my life and those around me will never be forgotten. I hope that he has found peace from the demons that tormented him. I’m sure he’s got God in stitches as i write this! I, as well as all of of us, will miss your humor and your talent but ,most of all, your humanity. Thank you for being part of this crazy world and teaching how to laugh about it. You will be missed!! RIP!!

  • Shirley

    Very talented with all the voices he could do. Been watching him since Mork & Mindy and all the stand up shows he did. It would have been nice to meet and know him I’m sure. He seemed like a gentle soul from what people who knew him have said. Very sad when anybody feels like death is the only way out. Must be very hard for his children. RIP Robin, thanks for the laughs!