Family and Fans Remember Robin Williams on What Would’ve Been His 70th Birthday


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Zak Williams, the oldest son of the legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams, paid tribute to his dad on what would’ve been his 70th birthday. On July 21, Zak shared photos and sweet sentiments on both Instagram and Twitter that convey the complexities of grief where joy and sorrow are wrapped into one.

In a longer post on Instagram, Zak wrote, “Dad, on what would be your 70th birthday, I would want you to know that your incredible spirit lives within us. Our family will be celebrating you and your memory today. We miss you and love you always!” It’s accompanied by a black and white photo of his dad, shot by Arthur Grace, as he appears likely backstage or in a green room.

Robin Williams was a prolific creative force and regarded as one of the greatest comedians of all time. He first gained fame by playing an alien named Mork in the television series Mork & Mindy. Eventually, he transitioned into film and starred in comedy blockbusters such as Mrs. Doubtfire, The Birdcage, as well as the Night at the Museum franchise. But he was also known for his dramatic roles, particularly in films including Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting. And, who could forget Willams as the voice of Genie in the Disney animated classic, Aladdin. The list goes on.

Williams died by suicide in 2014 at age 63 while suffering from a type of progressive dementia called Lewy body dementia. Since that time, he has been remembered in tributes by his family and by fans for his comedy and acting, of course, but also for his kind and generous spirit. It’s famously known that Williams required companies to hire a certain number of unhoused people in order to book him—as his way of giving back.

See how fans remembered Williams on what would’ve been his 70th birthday, below.

Fans are remembering acting and comedy legend Robin Williams on what would've been his 70th birthday.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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