A year ago today we lost a brilliant soul. As a performer, Robin Williams could vacillate between frenetic comedy and heart-rending drama. What we didn’t know was that privately he struggled with depression and mental illness. I hope that his death encourages us to talk about it and to be understanding of those who also struggle.
My favorite all-time movie is 1991’s The Fisher King. Williams plays a homeless man whose mission in life is to locate the Holy Grail, which he believes is in a townhouse in Manhattan. It’s great movie with amazing performances by Williams, Jeff Bridges, Mercedes Ruehl (who won a Oscar), and the late Michael Jeter.
I thought Robin Williams deserved an Oscar for his performance in The Fisher King. He won the award in 1997 for Good Will Hunting, but I maintain it’s because they dropped the ball in ’91. If you’ve never seen the movie, you should check it out.