We’ve seen and heard a lot of wonderful Robin Williams tributes throughout the past two days, even as the tragic details surrounding the performer’s death have come to light. Many of those tributes have been remembrances and celebrations of the man’s comedic chops and lightning-fast mental reflexes, and I’ve compiled a good number of those here. But let’s not forget that Williams was also a fantastic dramatic actor. He shined in films like Awakenings, Insomnia, One Hour Photo, and who can forget Patch Adams? Sure, Patch was full of laughs, but it was also one of the most touching roles of Robin’s career. And as you probably know, the film was based on a real person.
The real-life Patch Adams penned a column for the opinion page of TIME Magazine on Tuesday, and it was a heartfelt, beautiful toast to Williams’ life:
Robin Williams was a wonderful, kind and generous man. One important thing I remember about his personality is that he was unassuming—he never acted as if he was powerful or famous. Instead, he was always tender and welcoming, willing to help others with a smile or a joke. Robin was a brilliant comedian—there is no doubt. He was a compassionate, caring human being. While watching him work on the set of the film based on my life—Patch Adams–I saw that whenever there was a stressful moment, Robin would tap into his improvisation style to lighten the mood of cast and crew. Also, I would like to point out, Robin would be especially kind toward my children when they would visit the set.
You can read the rest of Patch’s piece here. It’s made all the more poignant by virtue of the fact that Robin spent countless hours of his own personal time entertaining children with terminal illnesses, much in the way that Patch himself did. So it’s quite fitting that it all seems to come full circle here.
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