Robin Williams is widely regarded as one of the greatest entertainers to step foot in the realms of Hollywood. Despite delivering several jaw-dropping performances in dramas, including Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, which garnered him an Oscar win. But the actor is fondly remembered for his comedic skills and for entertaining an entire generation of audience.
However, the whole world would be left back in tears after the actor’s tragic passing in 2014. And while recalling the Aladdin star’s memories, Sam Neill revealed that Williams was one of the saddest people he has ever met.
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Sam Neill recalls his experience with Robin Williams during their time on Bicentennial Man
Following the release of the Jurassic Park Star’s recent memoir, Did I Ever Tell You This? Sam Neill revealed some of his encounters with his dearest friend Robin Williams. Neill recalled their time together on the sets of Bicentennial Man and shared that despite being the funniest, Robin Williams was one of the saddest people he has encountered.
The actor stated that when the camera rolled in, Williams was one of the most funniest and energetic actors he has ever seen. However, when he went to visit Williams in his trailer, the actor would witness a more lonely and sad side of the Aladdin actor. He expressed the situation by stating,
“He had fame, he was rich, people loved him, great kids—the world was his oyster. And yet I felt more sorry for him than I can express. He was the loneliest man on a lonely planet,”
This interaction would later come to haunt the actor and the whole world after the Aladdin star took his life at the age of 63. It was later revealed that the actor was reportedly suffering from severe depression and a lesser-known but highly common affliction called Lewy body dementia.
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Robin Williams was reportedly suffering from severe depression
After the tragic incident, Robin Williams’ son would later come forward to share some insight into his father’s mental health before the tragedy. He revealed that the Aladdin Star was constantly struggling with depression and other mental health problems but took great measures to deal with his problems and to ensure his well-being. He said,
“I was acutely aware of my dad’s struggles with depression, it manifested in addiction at times, and he took great lengths to support his well-being and mental health, especially when he was challenged. It was something that was a daily consideration for him. The main thing for me was noticing how he went to great lengths to support himself while he could show up for others.
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Even though the Night at the Museum star is no longer among us, his legacy still lives on through his exceptional works throughout his career. And the actor is still remembered as the greatest entertainer the world has ever witnessed.
Source: Did I Ever Tell You This?