Walt Disney's Twitter Tribute Depicts Robin Williams's 'Genie' in the Stars
As tributes continue to pour in for the late actor Robin Williams, the Walt Disney Company took to Twitter to honor the comedic genius who voiced the iconic character 'Genie' in the animated film ALADDIN.
In a drawing posted on Twitter by Eric Goldberg, Supervising Animator of Genie, the character can be seen looking down at his former lamp residence, from his new home in the stars.
Along with the touching picture, the Walt Disney Compnay writes:
"We're deeply saddened by the loss of Robin Williams, a wonderfully gifted man who touched our hearts and never failed to make us laugh," said Disney's Robert Iger in a statement attached to the painting. "An incredible actor and a comedic genius, Robin will always be remembered for bringing some of the world's favorite characters to life, from his zany alien on ABC's Mork & Mindy to the irascible genie in Disney's Aladdin."
"He was a true Disney legend, a beloved member of our family, and he will be sorely missed," he added. "We join Robin's friends and fans everywhere in mourning, and offer our thoughts and condolences to his family during this difficult time."
About Robin Williams:
After studying theatre at Julliard, Mr. Williams rose to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series "Mork & Mindy." Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting, winning an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.
His film career included The World According to Garp; Good Morning, Vietnam; Dead Poets Society; Awakenings; The Fisher King; Good Will Hunting; Popeye; Hook; Aladdin; Mrs. Doubtfire; Jumanji; The Birdcage; Night at the Museum; and Happy Feet.
Mr. Williams starred in a number of theatrical productions, including Mike Nichols's 1988 off-Broadway version of Waiting for Godot, co-starring with Steve Martin; and his own one-man show, Robin Williams: Live on Broadway. In 2011, he made his acting debut on Broadway in the title role ofRajiv Joseph's drama Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.