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Robin W. was a funny guy and a good actor. My favorite movie of his was Good Will Hunting, however, I never saw a movie of his just because HE was in it.

Sad if it was true about him taking himself out due to the onset of Parkinson's or some other neurological disease.
 

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I totally agree....enormously talented. Very quick on his feet.

I knew he was depressed but did t know the scope of his illness or what his prognosis was. I don’t blame him for taking his way out rather than go thru all that terrible stuff and knowing your family dreads walking in the door to see you each morning.

I admired his charity work and how giving of his time he was. Supposedly he was ALWAYS on board for a tour entertaining the troops. That’s a helluva lot more than his brothers out there did.

A couple nights before his death he went down to his neighbors house whom he knew well and trusted, when the guy opened the door he said Robin handed him a sock that was filled with his watches. He was a collector and lover of time pieces.

Someone close to him said he had a money problem. He a home in San Francisco and an estate in Napa Valley where he made wine. It was like 25 million when he bought it. He was getting buried under all the huge financial responsibilities he had. He told this friend that he despised the thought of doing Mrs. Doubtfire 5 just because he needed the money.

I can see how a very talented actor like he was would really hate having to go thru the motions on whatever straight to DVD movie came his way in the future.
 

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If you have ever been close to someone that is as depressed and mentally ill as he was, you would notice his problem right away, even thru the funny guy act. So no, I did not find him funny. I found him to be sad.
 

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Williams wasn't just funny but a comic genius.

Chris Rock and Bill Burr are funny...but compared to williams they are amateurs.
 

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One of the funniest, especially his improv. Also a great actor and by all accounts a great guy. He's one of the few I found funny as a 10 year old and even funnier as an adult, often in the same roll. He could get out there sometimes, but what creative genius doesn't.
 
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He had a funny first name for a man -

Other than that - not funny.
 

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I've often pondered how much of a toll it must taken on people like him to constantly be feeling like they have to be "on". People's expectations would be that since he was a comedian, he would be funny all of the time and in every aspect of his life, and it's quite possible he felt like he always had to be delivering to please them. I can't begin to imagine how much energy that would take or how much pressure that would put on a person. Any illness aside, the burden to continuously be performing had to become an unbearable weight that could or may result in depression stemming from feeling like true emotions couldn't be expressed. I appreciated him more as an actor than as a comedian as I felt his comedy revealed a sense of desperation while his acting showed the true depth of his emotions and character.
His acting was far better than his absurd comedy. His comic idol was the great Jonathan Winters. They both suffered from not being able to pull out of character after movies and shows. May they both RIP.

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Robin Williams was very funny, and a wonderful actor.

I don't think what we saw on stage was something that could be turned on and off, or the result of some determination to keep coming up with new material. I think this because the father of a friend I grew up with was close personal friends with Jonathan Winters. Winters would stop by their home for dinner or a visit when he was in town, and the Winters we all saw yucking it up with Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show was the same Winters who visited my friend's bungalow in the suburbs. He didn't switch his stage persona on and off, rather, what we saw on stage was the same as what they saw in their living room. It was just who he was. It wasn't a character or an act.
 

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Yes! Robin Williams was funny to me as well as Jonathan Winters. May they both RIP.
*Learning more about Mr. Williams health issues at the end of his life is tragic. You never really know what people are going through unless you walk a mile in their shoes.
 

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Robin Williams was a genius. Great in comedic and dramatic roles and he could be funny at the drop of a hat. Heck, he probably did a bit one time when he saw someone drop a hat and it was hilarious.

The Fisher King will make you laugh and cry. IMO one of his best performances.

Suicide is a tricky issue. Often a mistake, often tragic and yes, in some situations the actions of a coward. However, when facing a terminal, debilitating illness with zero hope, I can respect it. Why continue in misery with no gain? Too many people confuse living with being alive.
 

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Not particularly.

I always assumed he suffered from some sort of unfortunate mental illness.
He appeared to be incessantly fighting his internal demons right before our very eyes.
Many of the funniest comedians and actors had/have those demons. Humor is a way for them to cope with their pain, I guess.
 

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Robin Williams never impressed me as a top flight comedian. Everyone has different tastes.
 

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When you realize that most of his funniest material was all impromptu...damn!
Very little of his lines in Good Morning Vietnam were scripted. None of the broadcasts were scripted.
Most comedians I’ve seen, I can see their punch lines coming a mile away. Never with Robin. His mind operated at a higher speed than anyone else.

That’s really what makes something funny to me...it has to surprise me. When Ghalliger puts a watermelon on a table and pulls out a giant mallet, it might be entertaining but it certainly isn’t funny. You know what’s going to happen, the entertainment is in seeing it happen. When Robin opened his mouth, nobody had any idea what would happen next.
 
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