The Best of Robin Williams: A Presenter’s Tribute

If anyone could capture an audience, it was Robin Williams. The way the famed actor could draw in his audience, hook us on his every word — laugh one minute, tear-up the next — is the envy of any presenter. The world of storytelling and presenting has certainly lost a legend with the death of Williams.

His life is a lesson to us all. Here are a few presenters’ tributes to the iconic comedian:

Williams’ Words of Wisdom

Whether in movies like “Goodwill Hunting” or shows like “Sesame Street,” Williams always seemed to have something poignant to say. Here are some of his best quotes through his career:

A Life in Photos

Mrs. Doubtfire. Mork. Genie. Williams took on the faces of many renowned characters in his career. Relive the moments that made Williams so incredible:

Upload and share your tributes to Williams, too, or tell us in the comments below what you most admired in him.

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  • http://kenanaonline.com/users/sabony1946/downloads Mohammed Al-Hamdany

    I feel sorry about him .. I am quite sure that God will never, ever forgave him because he killed him self… I surprise from such people.. They have every things but they suffered as the other try to relate his sucide action due to some sort of suppression !!!!!!. From Now and ON any rich very famous man and women face any suppression I ask him to travel to one village in numerous poor countries either in South America,Asia or Africa.. lived with them for one year… I am sure he will discover that his suppression or stress from his imagination …. so instead of killing him or herself …. Big welcome is waiting for him in any low income family even her…

  • Gerson

    Dear Mohammed. God always forgive. He was great.

  • gerald

    That is because in America we still don’t have the maturity or sophistication to discuss death with dignity.

  • http://icyfar582.blogspot.com Meg Hammil

    I think Robin was one of the great artists of our time. He was a comic genius, and a fine serious actor as well, like many comedians who get the chance. Moreover he gave much of his free time to benefiting persons less fortunate, including the homeless, the seriously ill, and many who had been deprived of their civil rights. Virtually every account of him from friends and fans highlight his courtesy and kindness.

    Depression is an illness just like any other, and sometimes it’s terminal. Funny how so many people found his suicide “more understandable” once they knew he had a terminal physical illness as well. The more I read about all he dealt with I think it is a miracle he created so effectively and accomplished so much for so long.

  • Adam

    I feel sorry for you and people like you. Who are you to offer your opinion on God’s forgiveness? FYI: Robin Williams spent his life being charitable and caring for people less fortunate than him. And BTW; if you are going to post your comments (no matter how ridiculous), please try and write the correct words! “about” should be “for”. “forgave” should be “forgive”. “him self” should be “himself”. “I surprise from” should be “I am surprised for..”. Here’s the best humdinger…..Do you mean “depression” when you write “suppression !!!!!!.” On a final note – if you are thinking about delivering your charity to the Third World Mohammed, please don’t offer to teach them English!! – lol

  • Nel

    Thanks for sharing this… I love all the tributes.. I actually have my own too although not presented as nicely as above. read about my tribute here – http://misunderstood33.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/my-little-tribute-to-robin-williams.html.

    RIP Robin Williams!

  • Mark

    Adam, I agree with you…..Robin Williams was a great individual!!! I have the plassure to meet him 10 years ego.

  • Leann

    Mental illness is a real and serious affliction that some do suffer. To say that something as unknown or unproven as a “GOD” would not forgive someone for putting an end to their eternal suffering is simply a person casting their uneducated and prejudice opinions upon another under the guise that this “GOD” would feel this way. How do you know what the “GOD” would truly think or feel? Does the “GOD” speak to you? Doesn’t all of this sound insane? Robin Williams was a loving, giving, caring human being who suffered personal distress. I am sure all the good he did for others will earn his approval of “GOD” regardless of how he decided to end his life!

  • Leslie Les Go McGraw

    It’s Mrs. Doubtfire, not Doubtful.

  • Martin Andrei

    You have right because money steal ours souls . Not discus death with dignity when invading other countries for their resources no matter the consequences ? Irak , Afgenistan , Guantanamo … all about money !

  • Kevinmch

    Well said Leann! It was Robin’s life and he was allowed to do what he wanted with it. Depression is just as much a chemical reaction in your brain/body as happiness is. It’s not a choice. I feel sorry for Mohammed to have such an unloving, unforgiving imaginary friend that he calls “gOD”. Sounds like he might be suffering from something worse than depression. Something called delusion. Having success doesn’t make you immune to being human and having a mental illness (chemical imbalance) that leaves you feeling as though being alive is more of a burden on your loved ones than if you were dead. Robin Williams is my hero and like so many other people I feel a deep ache when I think of him being gone. He is amazing and will never be forgotten. ;)
    Good luck with that “gOD” thing Mohammed ;)

  • Isetay

    First, Learn English. Second who the heck are you to play judge of any creature? Third, if YOU believe in GOD then you SHOULD know that what Robin Williams did was already known by GOD. Fourth, if you ever laughed at a single joke, monologue or facial expression of Robin Williams then you are surely a fake, liar and self ignored sinner of many things. Fifth IF by some chance you are a father then you know a father can always forgive HIS children…oh wait maybe you missed that part of the teachings……..Sixth an this is just for a little humor, here is a question for you Mohammed…”Have you ever heard of anyone who committed suicide feeling the wrath of man?” And finally Mohammed, I do not know what faith you are though i could guess but that would be rather stereotypical and lame……but your comment he has “everythings” is rather…….dumb…..no man on the face of the planet has everything and money could not get it no matter how much. But the one thing Christians do have…….Our Father in Heaven…….we don’t have to point in any direction to find Him or pray to him ‘x’ number of times a day…when we get our knees to pray to HIM it is respect and fear…no expected reward of the moment. So Robin is where he is to be, those of us that cherished him are selfish and miss him even though we can hope that he is at peace. Be aware Mohammed, ignorance is no longer an excuse…..ever heard of the internet, a library…..oh and here is a good one ‘THE BIBLE”

  • Maria

    persons that kills themselfs are persons whose brain is not functioning 100 % therefore, I think they are not a responsable of their acts. Besides this, GOD is love and He loves each one of us with an infinte love.

  • Isetay

    “you have right” “money steals OURS souls” “discus” yes that is what i feel reading this “discuss” (spelled correctly) what state in the US were you born in? i have no problem with anyone coming here, just when you get here “shut the front door and your mouth”

  • Eias

    Just to clarify things. Mohammad is talking about the Islam’s point of view. In Islam, you are not free to do what ever you want in your life or body. There are rules and regulations that govern the Muslim society. These rules have been reached humans through the messengers of GOD/ALLAH, and have been kept in holy books. Ending a human’s life is a GOD or Almighty ALLAH’s job, therefor, when someone ends a life of another human, he/she must be killed as a punishment because he/she acted on behalf of GOD/ALLAH. In Islam, you have been given your body for a reason, and you MUST keep it healthy, protect it, and go to a doctor to treat it if it is sick.
    Around the world, Muslims are more than 1.5 Billion. Because of this believe, the number of suicide cases does not exceed 100 in a year. on the other side, this 100 cases would happen in a small village somewhere in the non-Muslim countries.

    My condolences for Robin’s family.

  • Nico Rademeyer

    The Robin Williams story once again affirms the fact that wealth fame and earthly possessions are empty and void of any capability to satisfy the hunger and longing that there is in the soul of man. It can not give hope to the hopeless and redeem the soul of man from the bondage of sin. By human standards we might say that he had a full and meaningful life. But by God’s standard his life was wasted. Wasted on fame and fortune. Wasted on vain living. Wasted on sin. Wasted on all the sugar coated dung this world has to offer. All he’s lifes energy was wasted on achievements and whatever else that had no eternal value. He’s was a life wasted. WHAT A TRAGEDY !!!! He came into this world as a lost sinner and God granted him 60 odd years of grace to repent which he did not do. Now he slipped into eternity lost and without Christ and will appear before God on judgement day to give account of a life lived void of Christ. Let the senseless wasted life of Robin William serve as a warning to all those who live a life likened unto him.

  • jmarkar

    Isetay.. if you truly cherish Robin’s kindness and grace, perhaps you should learn to emulate it. He never spoke to anyone with the lack of respect and racism that you have just demonstrated. He would have been terribly offended by your response. I met him and spent enough time with him to understand that his empathy and compassion were at the core of his sense of humor.

  • Nico Rademeyer

    The Robin Williams story once again affirms the fact that wealth fame and earthly possessions are empty and void of any capability to satisfy the hunger and longing that there is in the soul of man. It can not give hope to the hopeless and redeem the soul of man from the bondage of sin. By human standards we might say that he had a full and meaningful life. But by God’s standard his life was wasted. Wasted on fame and fortune. Wasted on vain living. Wasted on sin. Wasted on all the sugar coated dung this world has to offer. All he’s lifes energy was wasted on achievements and whatever else that had no eternal value. He’s was a life wasted. WHAT A TRAGEDY !!!! He came into this world as a lost sinner and God granted him 60 odd years of grace to repent which he did not do. Now he slipped into eternity lost and without Christ and will appear before God on judgement day to give account of a life lived void of Christ. Let the senseless wasted life of Robin William serve as a warning to all those who live a life likened unto him..

  • Nico Rademeyer

    The Robin Williams story once again affirms the fact that wealth fame and earthly possessions are empty and void of any capability to satisfy the hunger and longing that there is in the soul of man. It can not give hope to the hopeless and redeem the soul of man from the bondage of sin. By human standards we might say that he had a full and meaningful life. But by God’s standard his life was wasted. Wasted on fame and fortune. Wasted on vain living. Wasted on sin. Wasted on all the sugar coated dung this world has to offer. All he’s lifes energy was wasted on achievements and whatever else that had no eternal value. He’s was a life wasted. WHAT A TRAGEDY !!!! He came into this world as a lost sinner and God granted him 60 odd years of grace to repent which he did not do. Now he slipped into eternity lost and without Christ and will appear before God on judgement day to give account of a life lived void of Christ. Let the senseless wasted life of Robin William serve as a warning to all those who live a life likened unto him.

  • Nico Rademeyer

    God only forgives if you repent and serve Him. If you die in your sins you go to hell. if you have not excepted Christ as your savior you go to hell. Thus sayeth the God of the Bible

  • Nico Rademeyer

    The Robin Williams story once again affirms the fact that wealth fame and earthly possessions are empty and void of any capability to satisfy the hunger and longing that there is in the soul of man. It can not give hope to the hopeless and redeem the soul of man from the bondage of sin. By human standards we might say that he had a full and meaningful life. But by God’s standard his life was wasted. Wasted on fame and fortune. Wasted on vain living. Wasted on sin. Wasted on all the sugar coated dung this world has to offer. All he’s lifes energy was wasted on achievements and whatever else that had no eternal value. He’s was a life wasted. WHAT A TRAGEDY !!!! He came into this world as a lost sinner and God granted him 60 odd years of grace to repent which he did not do. Now he slipped into eternity lost and without Christ and will appear before God on judgement day to give account of a life lived void of Christ. Let the senseless wasted life of Robin William serve as a warning to all those who live a life likened unto him.

  • Nico Rademeyer

    Thats true God is Love and He is merciful and forgiving but He is also just an holy and hates sin. We as humans think that He’s love overrides His anger toward the rebellious sinner. He has a standard and has set the rules which are. If you do not repent of your sin you can not be forgiven. If you do not receive Christ as savior you will die in your sins and go to hell. Gods love made it possible for the sinner to be saved. If the sinner rejects this salvation he will end up at the judgement seat of Christ where He will bare the full brunt of God’s wrath over sin. Terrible it is to fall in to the hands of an angry God. Even Jesus Christ the son of God said “I will show you who you must fear. Fear Him who after he has killed is able to cast in to hell”, and that is God. Write me at nr@vodamail.co.za for more sound doctrine on this matter. WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY IF YOU HAVE TO DIE TODAY ?

  • http://www.monicasaidiomas.com.br/ Monica Sa

    I totally agree with you, Sir. But depression makes it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. Just getting through the day can be overwhelming. If you add up alcohol or drug use, you may come to suicide.

  • Moco

    ” Ending a human’s life is a GOD or Almighty ALLAH’s job, therefor, when someone ends a life of another human, he/she must be killed as a punishment because he/she acted on behalf of GOD/ALLAH.”

    Right, I guess that’s why in today’s Muslim world everybody seems to be killing each other as there was no tomorrow, be it Sunnis against Shia, the other way around, or ISSI against everybody else, or blowing-up themselves in the name of Islam – these are all actions completely in accordance with the Will of Allah and the Prophet’s (PBUH) teachings, aren’t they?

    You and your kin should first make order and actually live by the tenets of Islam FIRST before criticizing, patronizing and badmouthing us non-Muslims, but nevertheless immigrating in masses to our lands and entitling yourselves and your families in our “haram” societies you despise so much, but enjoy the benefits nonetheless, whilst longing for Sharia law to be introduced here too.

    All this bigotry and killings and genocide happening in Muslim lands outside direct conflict with Israel are an exact replica of the hate and lawlessness of the times when the Prophet (PBUH) brought the Koran to the barbaric tribes that killed and maimed each other day in, day out. He gave you the Word of God, what have YOU done with it since? After a few centuries of expansion and cultural effervescence, you gave the world the Ottoman Empire, a great defender of the moral values of Islam as it were, completely devoid of greed, envy, sloth and murder, and then after a short reprieve and following the lucky strike with oil, mayhem again worldwide. I’ve been working in the Gulf for some years now, and I still have to see any high moral tenements of Islam being displayed publicly, other than attending to prayer and respecting Ramadam. Greed, envy, vanity and complete lack of courtesy on the roads and in social interaction with expats is prevalent – the ME FIRST attitude from the most part of the locals, regardless which GCC country you’re in.
    So Mohammed, Eias and all, lead by example and be a good Muslim. The rest takes care of itself.

    “Let him cast the first stone who is completely without sin” Lord Jesus Christ

  • Franclin Angel Asencio Vega

    La muerte de Robin Williams ha sido como pocas lamentable desde toda perspectiva, primero por su calidad artística en sus facetas como comediante tanto en la Televisión y el cine; la magistral caracterización de los personajes que le tocó desempeñar los cuales hicieron reir y llorar a los espectadores, y su calidad humana que sin duda ha sido poco comentada, el gran corazón por aquellos que menos tienen, por su familia y amigos. Hasta siempre ROBIN.

  • Moco

    Nico could you cut the Philippine church crap and actually contribute something of your own, if you have anything? Either come up with it or shut up.

  • Tom Crow

    I am afraid you sound like the hypocritical Pharisees Jesus
    was warning his disciples for in Luke 12 you misquoted. The hell referred to in
    your quote is on earth and created by man, not in the afterlife. This tribute
    is to a man who brightened the life of millions, so spread love and joy like
    Robin did in life…

  • Pamela Tapia

    I feel sorry for you Mr. Mohammed Al-Hamdany. Your islam religion is so cruel that can justify the most horrible acts in his name and you think that God is also so cruel that do not forgive.

  • Pamela Tapia

    By the way, I wonder why you never mention the film “Bicentennial Man” I loved it.

  • DripIsBetter

    My, my….you must have spent years and years in his
    inner circle to know all of Robin’s inner belief’s and just how he failed to live the life God, and only God, will commend or condemn. Maybe you could share with us the specific acts of sin and evil he committed so we’ll all come to understand the depth of his depravity.

    I have separated from the church my wife and I felt really healthy and happy with. But then 911 happened. Before that, Geo. W stole the Whitehouse. Before that, our pastor had the audacity to stand before us on the pulpit and praise the day in 2000 that Bush beat Gore, adding how awful was the entire
    Clinton Cabinet. But what ultimately broke us from that congregation, after 8 years of giving, sharing, and growing, was Pastor Tom’s utterances about how wicked and awful was the music I love, and helped make me the empathetic human
    I am today. Nobody was ever so wrong as Tom that day, deriding the Garcia’s, the Harrison’s, the Raitt’s, the Harris’s, the Dylan’s, and the Petty’s in my life.

    A little more attention should be given the vast amounts of hypocrisy and murder waged by the Religious Right. I bet you believe that bombing Bagdad was justified by God. I bet you find Barr, Gingrich, Burton, and Livingston to be righteous men. I bet you would never write so passionately about the injustice of Michael Brown’s slaughter, and argue, “All Michael needed was faith and grace from God.” Does it also please you that we all ‘living the American dream’ are likely the most murderous race on Earth, exporting our weapon systems to ‘democratic
    nations’….with “God by our side”; and now we’ve initiated a steady decline of the rest of our entire global ecosystem, denying anthropogenic climate change. That’s all good for you, right? The sooner the bugle of Gabriel, the better? If terrorist import Ebola and distribute it through our water systems, that’s all good and true to the ‘Word?’ The sooner, the better, for you?

    Robin’s life was Christ-like in many ways, and utterly human in most ways. We all turn to something to cope with the abhorrent people God places before us a principled leaders. What’s happening in Gaza and St. Louis makes me want to vomit. I believe each person is predestined to be what they are, but organized religion ruins all that natural flow.

  • Lyn Reynolds

    Depression is a terrible disease. It eats away at self-esteem, the power of reasoning, and understanding much like cancer destroys healthy cells. Once in the throes of depression it is difficult to climb out of it’s black pit alone. Too many times others ignore the signs or are too embarrassed to offer help. Don’t judge anyone, not even after you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Suicide isn’t the way out, but unless you have a support team that can help you hang on, you can’t see the reasoning. I’m positive God welcomed Robin Williams with open arms.

  • John Breakmas Kerketta

    Well advised…plz see the tragedy of other people, and forget yours. Do not despair and try to be useful in any little manner – your life will be so much meaningful.

  • Iosif Hamlatzis

    it seems to me you know nothing about depression

  • Leann

    Interesting how I am hearing of Muslims that are taking lives of innocent people all the time. Is it in your societal rules that you cannot kill yourself but its ok to take the life of another? In my societal rules that is called murder and punishable by man before you get to deal with a God.

  • Gautam Banerjee

    Killing self is not an accepted practice. Why Robin Williams had to commit suicide will never be known. May be he was a troubled soul. Superlative acting performance often makes the actor go under the skin of the character. After the acting is over probably it is difficult to come out of that skin. He was a great performer. Who knows probably he was fighting too many contradictory characters within himself. Wish he had sought psychiatric help.Rest in peace Robin. We will miss you for a long long time to come.

  • Chongsterink

    Justice belongs to God, not you or I. So instead of spewing your self-righteous, self-absorbed propaganda – how about just be a little kinder today and cherish those you love?

  • pkramerf

    moco, once i tried to explain mathematics to a chimp, turned out he tried to bite me. so don’t waste your energy and knowledge on a nico and some similar individuals. at least WE know that Robin wasn’t an ignorant and had a very significant life, what many extreem religious people could never say.
    Fact that some people that react understand what depression is and where it comes from, gives me a little hope again for humanity -:) the other ones we should ignore.

  • Warnin

    Is suicide preferable to murder? Mohammed, I see jhiaddist cut off someone’s head in Allaha’s name and I wonder if any entity could ever forgive them. Does being in a poor country or being oppressed give anyone the right to take a life? I think not, but thousands named Mohammed or acting in the name of Mohammed seem to think that taking anthers life is actually ordered by their Allah. Shame on you and shame on Allah!

  • Cindy Bouchard

    I wrote this: He inspired me, sad ending to a Brilliant mans life! http://joyfullyinspired.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/nano-nano-r-i-p-robin-williams/

  • Julie

    Wow! I am TOTALLY offended by your comment. I would love to have more information on your background, including your education and religious affiliation! Any educated person knows that people who struggle with depression do NOT see the world in the same manner as others. They cannot see past the “here and now,” due to a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. Here, money has no influence or meaning! YOU ARE NOT GOD– and I am convinced that you share no personal relationship with Him. If you read the Bible, you would know that no one sin is greater than another– Soooooo, based on the “logic” of your comment, no one will be welcomed into the gates of Heaven, since we all sin. WRONG!!! God’s love for us is so much greater than anything we have ever experienced or know, so to speculate what He would or wouldn’t do is ludicrous! Let go of your hate and your control issues– embrace things like kindness, gentleness, and self control instead! May GOD soften your cold, cruel heart… and may you do no more harm to others with your uneducated, uncouth words….

  • PH

    The issue is pharmaceuticals, nothing else.

  • wheel_Seniors

    I’M GOING TO MISS YOU MR ROBIN WILLIAMS. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

  • sk63

    It is beyond my logic how such a talented, publicly loved and prominent person killed himself. What was missing?

  • Paul

    What do you mean? Like share your innermost thoughts publicly? Take a look in the mirror!

  • Paul

    Is that a quote from the scribe that put down what he’d heard a prophet say God had said about Robin Williams? Just new to this debate, sorry.

  • Paul

    Well said.

  • Paul

    Does GOD/ALLAH have human executors to do his job? Or are we talking natural causes/accidents or quit? [Rhetorical Question]

  • Paul

    Since you had the last word on this thread which I can’t bear to read so have scrolled quickly down: Hi, you seem like a nice pkramerf. Hello. Nano Nano (sic) – it was a long time ago :)

  • manypaws

    Robin Williams was a gentle soul who brought laughter, happiness and joy to this world. His acts of charity and compassion are well documented if you care to look. His life was not wasted and I’m sure he is welcome in Heaven. How dare you speak for God or judge this man? But hey, I bet you go to church every Sunday, right?