Nathan Lane, Harvey Fierstein & More React to Passing of Robin Williams
As the world continues to mourn the tragic loss of stage and screen star Robin Williams, tributes from many of his colleagues, including those in the Broadway community, continue to pour in on Twitter and in personal statements:
Statement from Sally Field (co-star 'Mrs. Doubtfre) "I feel stunned and so sad about Robin. I'm sad for the world of comedy. And so very sad for his family. And I'm sad for Robin. He always lit up when he was able to make people laugh, and he made them laugh his whole life long.... tirelessly. He was one of a kind. There will not be another. Please God, let him now rest in peace."
Harvey Fierstein on Twitter (co-star "Mrs. Doubtfire") "Robin was friend, boss, brother, inspiration. His generosity and intelligence knew no limits. Only his home planet could destroy him." Harvey Fierstein
Statement from Ben Stiller (co-star 'Night at the Museum) "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."
Statement from 'Hook' director Steven Spielberg "Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can't believe he's gone." - "Hook" director Steven Spielberg, in a statement.
Statement from Nathan Lane (co-star 'The Birdcage') "What I will always remember about Robin, perhaps even more than his comic genius, extraordinary talent and astounding intellect, was his huge heart - his tremendous kindness, generosity, and compassion as an acting partner, colleague and fellow traveler in a difficult world."
Statement from Glenn Close (co-star 'The World According to Garp') "I am absolutely heartbroken. Robin was a national treasure and a beautiful soul."
Williams was a fixture of the entertainment world, a renowned comedian, screen actor and stage star. He rose to fame after his role as 'Mork' in the TV series Mork & Mindy and went on to star in the movies Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, The Fisher King and Good Will Hunting, for which he won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
The actor starred on the silver screen in comedies such as Popeye, Hook, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, The Birdcage, Night at the Museum and Happy Feet. He recently appeared in the films The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Boulevard and Lee Daniels' The Butler, as well as the comedy series The Crazy Ones opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar. Williams' upcoming projects include Merry Friggin' Christmas, Absolutely Anything and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
Williams made his Broadway debut in 2002 in Robin Williams: Live on Broadway and returned in 2011 for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. He also appeared off-Broadway opposite Steve Martin in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot at Lincoln Center in 1988.
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