This is the story of a quiet and shy boy.
He told jokes to make his mother laugh, but also just for her attention. Both of his parents were always away working, and the house maids took care of him while he played by himself with his toys most of the time.
“My only companions, my only friends as a child were my imagination.”
In middle school, he was bullied a lot. He didn’t overcome his shyness until he found drama in high school. When he graduated in 1969, he was voted the “Funniest,” but “Most Likely Not to Succeed.”
He went on to study political science in Claremont, California, and earned a full scholarship to the Julliard School in New York City, one of only 20 accepted that year. Once there, he was one of only two students accepted into the advanced program by John Houseman. The other student, named Christopher Reeve, would become his longtime friend.
He ended up leaving Juilliard his junior year in 1976. Houseman told him, “There’s just nothing more we can teach you. So you should go out and work.” After school, he found his home in comedy and performance by entertaining and making people laugh.
“Do you think God gets stoned? I think so … look at the platypus.”
When Christopher Reeve’s accident left him a quadriplegic, his old friend came to visit him in the hospital, pretending to be a Russian doctor there to perform a colonoscopy. Christopher laughed for the first time since his accident and knew everything was going to be okay again.
He taught Superman how to laugh again after he had all his power taken from him.
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
He reminded us to never lose out childlike imagination.
He had the power to grant our every wish.
He made us laugh and feel love no matter how ridiculous it looked.
This boy’s name was Robin Williams.
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”