President Obama and more release statements on Robin Williams' death
Following Robin Williams’ death Monday, family, friends, colleagues, and those who respected him have responded, releasing statements about the the late actor.
Susan Schneider, Wife
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. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. 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.
Mara Buxbaum, Publicist
Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.
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. #RobinWilliams
So sad to think about this. Hard to speak. Hard to say. Hard to take. All I can think about is what a joy he was to be with. I’m devastated. I’m sending my love to his family and everyone who loved him. My heart is broken by this news.
Twentieth Century Fox Television
Robin Williams was a comedy giant, and although we only knew him personally for a season, he was warm, funny and a true professional. His cast and crew both loved him and loved working with him, and our hearts go out to his family and friends. He was one of a kind.
L Street Tavern, as tweeted by David Rothstein
Mayor Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco
San Francisco mourns the profound loss of Robin Williams who inspired us with his comedy and art. His legacy has had a deep and inspiring impact on our City and on our residents.
His ties to San Francisco were deep, having found early success in our City’s comedy clubs with his popular stand-up routines and where he was destined to launch a successful career that included starring roles in classic television shows and big screen success including an Academy Award.
Despite his success, he has never forgotten San Francisco. He was a philanthropist who gave generously, and he was a friend of the City.
San Francisco is heartbroken by the tragic loss of Robin Williams who forever changed the world with laughter and joy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time of mourning.
Robin Williams graced HBO for so many years with his uncommon gifts. He never failed to elevate his art and did so with a full, generous and loving heart. Always humble and gracious, Robin was a prince and holds a special place in all our hearts.
I had the extreme good fortune to get to work with Robin in The Final Cut. He was an immensely kind, generous man, who went to great lengths to take care of those in his presence. He had a kind of magic to him, lighting up any room he was in, and astounding all with his breathtaking comedic rants which incorporated current events into a kind of dizzying stream of consciousness that had us holding our sides laughing. I treasure the memories I and later my husband shared with him, and am grief stricken that he apparently took his own life. He will always be a light in our hearts. Rest in peace, dear man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, we send you love.
The world has lost a special soul. Robin touched our hearts, he gave us laughter, he gave us joy, he made us think about the impossible. I’m blessed to have been able to walk insie his universe. He forever changed this world with his presence. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to all those who hold him dear.
I’m deeply saddened by the loss of Robin Williams. It was a dream come true for me to have worked with him. He was a tremendous talent and a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
Alexa PenaVega, appeared with Williams in Nine Months
He was incredibly loving and so fun to be around on set. Such an honor to have worked with one of the funniest men who have ever lived. My prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.
Comedian David Steinberg
Robin Williams and I went on stage together for six months last year playing theaters across the country. Besides seeing his brilliant improvisational mind in action every night was the pleasure in just getting to know him and his generosity and spirit. He looked after Jonathan Winters and put him on his TV shows. He would drive to Santa Barbara weekly to make sure Jonathan was ok. A comic genius looking after another comic genius. Robin looked after everyone. If only he would have looked after himself.
Robin was my first celebrity interview when I was starting out at CBS News. I was terrible, interrupting him, a complete novice. And he took total care of me and made sure that I didn’t return to the office a failure. Considering what a huge star he was, he needn’t have shown me so much courtesy. But he did and I never forgot it.
I can’t believe my lovely friend is gone. My heart goes out to his wife and his beloved children. He brought us so much joy and laughter.
Robin’s explosive talent will live on through his life’s work bringing us joy, hilarity and humanity. My condolences to his family; It was an honor to work with him, and his generosity of spirit will always remain an inspiration.
I never met anyone who loved making people laugh more than Robin. I’d come to watch he and Matt film their beautiful scene on the park bench in Goodwill Hunting, and when they broke for lunch we sat around on the grass eating sandwiches; what began as a riff on something or other to make us and the crew laugh suddenly extended to office workers out on their lunchbreak, enjoying the sunshine, and pretty soon he stood up and his big beautiful voice, full of laughter, reached out to the people who were now hurrying down from the street and across the park to catch his impromptu standup. There must have been 200 hundred people listening and laughing by the time lunch was over. I just remember how broadly he smiled , patted me on the shoulder and said, “There, now that was GOOD” I loved him, and I will miss him greatly. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
David Steinberg, manager
Nobody made the world laugh like Robin Williams. My brother, my friend, my soul mate, I will miss you.
David E. Kelley, creator of The Crazy Ones
The talent was legendary. But equally inspiring, perhaps more so, was his kindness and humanity. A gentle soul who touched us all. A very special man, and our hearts are broken.
I met Robin when I was 13 at The Improv. I was there with my parents who were performing and it was crowded and I heard this voice behind me saying “Stay close to your mother you’ll be safe! Stay close to your mother you’ll be safe!” I turned around and it was Robin. For a 13 year old who was a huge “Mork and Mindy” fan it was sort of like the end of the world. I never forgot it. So working with him years later I always had this little voice insides of me going “you are acting with Robin Williams! This is the coolest thing ever!” I never got over being a fan. I think most people my age have the same feeling — that he and Steve Martin and Bill Murray sort of represented what it meant to be funny.
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.
Only once or twice in a generation does the world get to experience the talent of a true comedic genius. I was fortunate to have not only known Robin but to have worked with him. He was a kind and sweet man. My thoughts are with his family and friends today.
This unknown actor walked on our soundstage and it became crystal clear that I would not be able to look at him during the entire rehearsal and shooting of the episode without bursting out laughing.
It is devastating to fathom, Robin losing hope… I love him. He was a loyal friend and confidant, a special soul, so humble, so kind. He lifted me up on my most challenging days. We shared many wonderful moments. I cherish his friendship…my heart is broken. All love and prayers are with his beautiful family.
I was lucky enough to get to play opposite Robin in the indie film “Boulevard” last year. He was fun, funny, and exceedingly nice off camera. My character was the “funny one”, which was hard to pull off when you’re standing next to Robin Williams and he is playing it straight. He was incredibly moving as a dramatic player, just a very likable presence all around. But mostly I will remember his compliments to David Cross and I when we did Comic Relief 8, fairly unknown still from “Mr. Show”. He told us he was a fan of our cult show, and clearly enjoyed our performance, which was weird and edgy for that show – it was very cool and generous of him, both David and I appreciated it. My condolences to his family, he loved his kids greatly and talked about them on set with pride.
I grew up watching Robin and was always in awe of the range of his talents. To find that he was as great spirited and generous a person as I’ve ever worked with only made me admire him more. The film we made together was one of the most pure fun experiences I’ve ever had.
Joseph W. Polisi, President of The Juilliard School
The Juilliard community is deeply saddened by the death of our distinguished alumnus Robin Williams. Robin’s genius for comedic improvisation, which quickly surfaced in his studies at Juilliard, was matched by his deep understanding of the actor’s art and how to touch his audience in meaningful ways. He was a generous supporter of the School’s drama students through the Robin Williams Scholarship, which supported the tuition cost of a drama student each year. His caring ways and effervescent personality will be missed by all who were touched by this special person.
Eric Goldberg, supervising animator of “Genie” on Aladdin
I am beyond devastated. I cannot express how influential and important Robin was, and will continue to be, to me and countless other animation artists. Robin gave those of us who worked on the Genie so much humor, inspiration, and just sheer delight, that we were always spoiled for choice whenever we came back from a recording session. Like the Genie, Robin’s immense talent could not be contained in the lamp. I think we all knew, as the world does now, if there was ever a person who was tailor-made for the medium of animation, it was Robin.
We have lost not just a great voice, though. We have lost a warm, human, miraculous person whose numerous and amazing talents will continue to inspire people for generations upon generations.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
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.
Robert De Niro
“I’m stunned, beyond saddened. Billy [Crystal] said it best: ” no words.”
Just like everyone who knew him or worked with him, I am devastated by the loss of Robin Williams. I worked with Robin in Garp, the first of his serious rolls. He brought lightness to his serious work and gravity to his comedy, no matter how wild and crazy. He was a genius performer and a kind, generous human being. What a loss.
Robin Williams was one of life’s gentlemen. His kindness and warmth were exceptional. We’ve lost a great talent and a good man.
I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Robin’s death. He was a lovely man. Even when he wasn’t feeling good he would still be doing his thing and keeping everyone laughing.
My heart is broken at the loss of our friend Robin Williams. I say our friend because he was a friend to all. The only thing that outshined the immensity of his genius was the enormity of his heart. He always embraced you with his generous, infectious spirit. His extraordinary artistry will live forever, and if you had the great privilege of his warm embrace you too will forever have been blessed by Robin. Rest in peace my friend. We will miss you deeply.
Robin Williams was my friend. He was the star of the first movie I ever did called The World According To Garp. It was his second feature film and he was wildly popular because of his years in the TV show, Mork and… Mindy. George Roy Hill was our director and he believed in Robin’s transcendent talent. I watched as the two of them worked on ridding Robin of all the mannerisms he had taken on while playing a brilliantly funny, spontaneous alien. Robin was seriously determined to become a film actor and George took his desire seriously. It was wonderful to watch. Robin was incredibly sensitive to the crew, to the people who don’t always get the recognition they deserve for the various jobs they do during a shoot. Robin knew everyone’s name and could always get a laugh—not a laugh aimed at himself, but a laugh that recognized others. He gave various favorite crew members special nicknames. Our camera operator had famously combed-back, black hair that had considerable amounts of product in it, keeping every hair in place in all kinds of weather. Robin dubbed him “Teflon Man” and would do hilarious rifts as an archeologist in the distant future finding “Teflon Man” with his hair still perfect.
Robin was incredibly sensitive and gentle and loving. He was very self-critical. During Garp we had a press conference and I was asked to go along with Robin. I watched this quiet man, who I’d never seen reading a newspaper or magazine or watching TV, explode into the press room and do an amazing turn on all the most current events, people and issues. He wove it all into a cohesive whole with no notes, nothing but his genius. It was breathtaking in its spontaneity and brilliance. Everyone was completely blown away. When we walked out of the room together, Robin turned to me with a worried look and asked in a whisper, “Was that all right?” I gave him a long hug and said, “Yes! You were incredible” He checked to make sure I really meant it and then went to his trailer.
Robin was a world treasure. As we mourn his tragic death, we must remember him for the great waves of laughter that he was able to illicit from us, how his humor and insights–though they came from a place of pain and uncertainty—connected us and reminded us of how flawed and fragile…how human we are…how we are capable of moments of inspired transcendence and others of unspeakable despair. Robin had it all. I am so deeply thankful that this dearly loved man graced this particular planet.
Robin brought so much joy into my life and I will carry that joy with me forever. He was such a beautiful man. I was lucky to know him and I will never, ever forget him.
I truly hope the people in the media can find it within themselves to give his family some privacy during this horrible time.
This loss has left me truly heartbroken. Robin Williams was one of the brightest, most loving & wonderful people I’ve ever been blessed to know. I’ll miss him more than I can ever express in words.