Robin Williams was one of the most explosively, exhaustingly, prodigiously verbal comedians who ever lived, according to film critic A.O. Scott… the only thing faster than Williams’ mouth was his mind.
We were saddened to hear of the death of Robin Williams today. We both agreed that Dead Poets Society (1989) was our favourite of his films. In this film which earned him an Oscar nomination he played an unconventional English teacher at a 1950s boarding school who inspires his students to tear up their textbooks and ‘seize the day’—‘carpe diem.’
As is so often the case with people who are brilliantly funny, Robin Williams struggled with depression and addiction. Depression (and mental illnesses) are becoming more widely acknowledged. Many celebrities are choosing to tell their own stories in an effort to de-mystify these illnesses and to encourage others to talk. The incredibly long list of well known people includes J.K. Rowling, Stephen Fry, Carrie Fisher, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Woody Allen, Halle Berry and Brad Pitt.
If you do know anybody struggling with what Winston Churchill referred to as his ‘Black Dog Days’, encourage them to find someone to talk to.