Stage and Screen Stars Mourn the Loss of Robin Williams on Twitter

As BWW reported earlier this evening, comedian and Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams died this morning, August 11, 2014, of an apparent suicide. He was 63.

A slew of stars took to Twitter following the announcement to express their gratitude to the performer, to wish him well, and to remember a friend and colleague.

Scroll down to see what they had to say, and check back for updates later tonight and tomorrow morning.

Robin Williams. Stunned...just stunned. RIP you brilliant brilliant man.

- Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) August 11, 2014

Robin Williams was like no other ..To watch him create on the spot was a privilege to behold.. Robin you are an angel now !!! REST IN PEACE

- Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) August 11, 2014

- Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) August 12, 2014

Robin Williams; a legend like no other. I hope your peace is full of as much laughter as u brought to the world. you will be dearly missed.

- Zak Resnick (@zakresnick) August 12, 2014

So sad Robin Williams died :( We did 2 films 2gether. He ws a very lovely man & kind caring person. My heart goes out 2 his loved ones.

- Fran Drescher (@frandrescher) August 11, 2014

It's the mark of a true artist. I never knew him but I'm heartbroken by his passing. RIP Robin Williams.

- Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) August 11, 2014

Heartbroken to hear about Robin Williams. Be thankful for all that makes u happy today, & for goodness sake, find a moment or two to laugh.

- Jeremy Jordan (@JeremyMJordan) August 11, 2014

Robin's passing is cause for a reshare. In his memory may we all be kinder to each other & work to make people smile.

- Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) August 11, 2014

The first thing I ever wanted to be when I grew up was Robin Williams' inhabiting of Popeye. #RIPRobinWilliams

- John Mayer (@JohnMayer) August 12, 2014

Robin Williams made the world a little bit better. RIP.

- Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) August 11, 2014

We all lost a piece of our childhood today. Let's all take a moment to honor a legend. #RIPRobinWilliams

- Not Will Ferrell (@itsWillyFerrell) August 12, 2014

My heart breaks... Robin Williams... you are forever in our hearts... what a gift you are #RIPRobinWilliams

- Sierra Boggess (@sierraboggess) August 12, 2014

Thank you Robin Williams for making me laugh and feel good. And basically teaching me what comedy looks like. R.I.P x

- Rebecca Mader (@bexmader) August 12, 2014

I just realized my only job was to keep a straight face, and it was impossible - @hwinkler4real on working with #RobinWilliams

- Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) August 12, 2014

From a whole generation; Thank you. Especially for this.. ??

- Ellen DeGenres (@TheElIIenShow) August 11, 2014

Just shared a moment of silence on the set for Robin Williams, a man who brought so much laughter, joy and healing to so many.

- Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 12, 2014

Thank u, #Robin. You made us feel Everything. Who else could make us laugh til we're sick OR sob ourselves to sleep with their work? Only u.

- Tracie Thoms (@traciethoms) August 12, 2014

From the Parrot to the Genie...#RIPRobinWilliams

- Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) August 12, 2014

First Elaine Stritch, now Robin Williams? We're losing all of our greats. I hope the rule of 3 doesn't apply here, my heart is hurt enough.

- Ciara Renée (@CiaraRenee8) August 12, 2014

Very sad to hear that the brilliant comedian and actor Robin Williams has died at 63. One never knows the interior of someone else's life...

- John Green (@realjohngreen) August 11, 2014

I am so sorry about Robin. He was sweet and generous and kind as well as a comedic genius. This is just terrible news. #RIPRobinWilliams

- Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) August 11, 2014

The first autograph I ever got: Dear money, send mom. Robin Williams

- John Stamos (@JohnStamos) August 11, 2014

If you're watching me in November Robin, it'll be my turn to make you laugh.

- Christopher Marsh (@chrismjmarsh) August 12, 2014

no one did it like that guy. hook, DOUBTFIRE, flubber? JACK? endless brilliance. #RIPRobinWilliams

- Jason Gotay (@jasongotay) August 12, 2014

Robin Williams has died and I am very sad. From every comedian here at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we salute him & we say goodbye

- Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard) August 11, 2014

Heartbreaking news about the late Robin Williams. May his soul now be at peace!

- Rihanna (@rihanna) August 12, 2014

So heartbreaking to hear the terribly sad news about the amazing Robin Williams, thank you for bringing so much laughter and joy to us all.

- Lea Michele (@msleamichele) August 12, 2014

I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.

- Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 11, 2014

Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure.

- Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) August 12, 2014

I am heartbroken. Dear, sweet friend, Robin Williams, gone. Our prayers for peace to all his friends and family, his beautiful children.

- Rita Wilson (@RitaWilson) August 12, 2014

I can't handle this today. I will forever remember this moment as losing my childhood. Robin Williams was my hero and idol growing up. RIP.

- Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) August 11, 2014

He was Sweet LOVELY,Man. He ran high voltage,Mind Always Going, It was who he was.I Know Well..Many X's from High There is Only Low.So Sad??

- Cher (@cher) August 11, 2014

Genie. You're free.

- Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) August 11, 2014

Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while.

- Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) August 11, 2014

I honestly thought Peter Sellers was the end of the line. Then one day I saw Mork and Mindy...

- Liev Schreiber (@LievSchreiber) August 12, 2014

I was partially raised by Robin Williams films. I would come home to watch "Mrs. Doubtfire" everyday after school as I found comfort in the

- Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) August 11, 2014

.. soft spoken Euphegenia Doubtfire, dear. My first speech in junior high was an excerpt from "Good Morning Vietnam" that I carry with me

- Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) August 11, 2014 this day. I'm gutted that he is gone. May he RIP as his genius & the gifts he has given us will live forever. Thank you Robin Williams

- Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) August 11, 2014

He was my coolest babysitter that I never met. #neverhadafriendlikeme #genie

- Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) August 12, 2014

Robin was as sweet a man as he was funny. If you're sad, please tell someone.

- Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 11, 2014

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.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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