While the world is still in shock over the death of Robin Williams, those who knew and loved the 63-year-old old actor are taking to social media to pay tribute to him. People like Edgar Wright, Conan O’Brien, John Travolta, Bill Cosby, and Ben Stiller, along with former co-stars, musicians, and many many more have been sharing their thoughts about the Academy Award-winning actor, who made so many people smile with his work on and off screen.
Robin Williams appeared in several projects for the Walt Disney Company, including TV’s Mork & Mindy, 1988’s Good Morning, Vietnam (for which he earned his first Oscar nod), and the 1992 animated feature Aladdin, in which he voiced the Genie. In tribute, the studio released an image of the Genie in the sky created from stars. See the image here below.
The image was created by Eric Goldberg, who was the Supervising Animator for the Genie in Aladdin, and includes a message about Williams by Robert A. Iger, the chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. Here’s the full text (via BuzzFeed):
“Weâ€™re deeply saddened by the loss of Robin Williams, a wonderfully gifted man who touched our hearts and never failed to make us laugh. An incredible actor and a comedic genius, Robin will always be remembered for bringing some of the worldâ€™s favorite characters to life, from his zany alien on ABCâ€™s Mork & Mindy to the irascible genie in Disneyâ€™s Aladdin.
He was a true Disney Legend, a beloved member of our family, and he will be sorely missed. We join Robinâ€™s friends and fans everywhere in mourning, and offer our thoughts and condolences to his family during this difficult time.”
Along with the aforementioned projects, Williams also starred in Disney’s Flubber, Dead Poets Society, and Jack, and contributed to several of the company’s theme park attractions – “The Timekeeper,” where he voiced the titular character, and “Back to Never Land,” a film attraction at Hollywood Studios. Head over to Disney.com for their rundown of Robin Williams’ greatest Disney moments.
Below are just a few of the many posts from Twitter of celebrities paying tribute to the late great actor and expressing their condolences.
Conan O’Brien was taping his late-night talk show when the news of Williams’ death hit. This is what he told his studio audience and how he ended that night’s show: