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Robin Williams (1951-2014)
Robin Williams was an absolutely exceptional comedian, talented actor, and holder of a special place in video game history: He was the first really famous gamer I know of. I’m sure there were others, but they kept a comparatively low profile, unlike one of the greatest improv comics of all time who named his daughter after a video game character.
I do love that story. With his wife pregnant during the NES era, he was obsessed with the original Legend of Zelda. Played for hours and hours. And at one point, when his son proposed the name "Zelda" for his soon-to-be-born little sister, they all said it out loud… and named her just that. Shortly after that, Zelda Williams came into the world, and even starred with her father in a 3DS commercial for the portable release of Ocarina of Time.
Not much of an obit, but he will be properly written about in articles and stories for years to come. His talents as a stand-up and improv master are only rivaled by the skills of the late Jonathan Winters, who was both a mentor and friend of Williams, as well as another star on the classic series Mork & Mindy. The energy Williams brought to everything he did made him an inspiration to an entire generation of comedians, just as Winters had done before him. But to wrap this up in short order:
Robin Williams was an improv king, and the father of a legendary princess. And for everything he brought to the stage, the screen, and a level of legitimacy early on in the gaming industry, he will be missed.
Goodbye, you amazing funny, fuzzy, bafflingly brilliant bastard you.
This article by a GR staff member, posted earlier in August 11, has been lightly edited for grammar and image inclusion. You can find more Vox Pop articles here. ~Ed. Nick Tan
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