Throughout my childhood, my teenage years and now in my early twenties I have always had the same feelings of admiration for the actor. He was hilarious, fun and silly yet could also expertly portray serious and touching roles - which takes a truly huge amount of talent. Even as I grew up I always knew Williams was someone I'd love to get to know.
I honestly believe that without watching Williams' films - Hook, Jumanji, Aladdin, Flubber, and Night at The Museum to name just a few - that I would have been missing out on something amazing. In fact, I would happily argue that if you don't/haven't watched his films then you 100% are missing out! There's no doubt about it.
Obviously I didn't know the actor personally, but when someone is in the public eye and has an influence on you growing up it's hard not to feel sentimentally about that person. I believe this is why the news has had such an saddening effect on everyone. Williams brought people joy through film and television in such a way that they felt connected to him. This means that the news of his death has left us all feeling like there's part of us missing. The same way we'd feel if we'd lost someone close.
I know I usually write up-beat posts but today I felt it was fitting to write a post as my personal tribute to the actor. Williams is someone who, even as I grow-up, will always have a place close to my heart and I will always remember him with such joy. I hope one day I can share his films, laughter and love with a family of my own.
21st July 1951 - 11th August 2014.
Gone but never forgotten.
Rest In Peace.