I’m not a very emotional person, but I broke down after hearing that my favorite actor and comedian, Robin Williams, committed suicide.
I grew up watching Mork & Mindy. When I was having a bad day, I’d just watch reruns of that show to cheer me up.
I still own almost every single one of his movies. I’m particularly obsessed with his characters in Dead Poet’s Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, and Good Will Hunting.
While we know how great of an actor and comedian he is, most of us don’t know about his upbringing and the things he did when the cameras stopped rolling.
Keep your tissues close, #15 will definitely bring tears to your eyes!
Robin graduated from Redwood High School in Larkspur, California in 1969. While you’d think he would be that funny kid that everyone loves, he actually wasn’t.
He was voted by his classmates to be the “least likely to succeed.”
That “award” must have been given on opposite day, because Robin is still one of the most beloved celebrities in the world!
It’s hard to imagine that this cute bundle of joy was bullied when he was a kid. According to the late comedian, he was overweight as a child, and nobody would play with him.
He spent most of his childhood alone, entertaining himself by talking in different voices.
On the bright side, he perfected his craft at a young age, which ultimately led to his successful career.
Robin was well-known for improvising even when the cameras were rolling. His skills were so good that the production crew didn’t even bother to record those scenes again.
During one of the opening credits of Mork & Mindy, Robin came up with the word “Shazbot.” It’s supposedly an alien curse word, and you’ve probably heard it before without knowing that Robin made it up!
The word was used in other hit shows like The Simpsons, the Tribes series of videogames, and is reportedly the last recorded words of AC/DC singer Bon Scott.
Like most kids who don’t have much social interaction, Robin was very shy. He revealed that it was acting in his high school drama classes that helped him gain more confidence.
It all happened slowly, though. Before his big break, he would perform on the streets of New York City as a mime to make money.
It doesn’t get anymore creepy and “psychotic” than The Shining, a 1980 horror film that’s based on a Stephen King novel.
Robin was going to play the lead role of Jack Torrance, but the role was given to Jack Nicholson instead.
Apparently, director Stanley Kubrick thought Robin was “too psychotic” after seeing his character on Mork & Mindy.
These next Robin Williams facts will warm your heart…