O Captain! My Captain!


Today legendary comedian Robin Williams was found dead at his home after a lengthy battle with drug and alcoholproblems as well as depression. A voice I and many others grew up with, Williams was an extremely funny and witty man with a uniquely energetic personality and a gag for all occasions. Williams played arguably my favourite Disney character, the Genie in Aladdin, which prompted a feud between Disney and himself because Disney promoted his own image too much when marketing the movie at the expense of other characters; here we see the modest side of a great comedian. Another favourite of mine ‘Dead Poet’s Society’ which, as a student of literature, I found inspiring to see Williams teach kids to express themselves and enjoy the subject, showed the actor at his diverse best, delivering a convincingly serious role to his acting repertoire. The above examples are just a couple of many in which Williams impressed me during his career; many more examples will have touched many more people I have no doubt. The world will sorely miss a great actor, comedian and man.

So it’s good morning Vietnam and good night, Robin Williams.


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