Reality – What a Concept

DEAUVILLE FESTIVAL: THE ACTOR ROBIN WILLIAMSThere was an unrelenting speed, a stream of maniacal comedic wildness, to Robin Williams that was unpredictable. It was a madness that fueled the audience with laughter of the highest of highs, and for Williams, with the lowest of lows. His sudden and unexpected death leaves our troubled world with the loss of a unique talent that brought laughter at a time when we all need it. With Robin Williams, you had to pay attention or you missed so much. He could never be in the background on your TV while you did the dishes. The jokes came way too fast.

To say, he was a genius is not an overstatement. His mind, and his mouth, moved at a twisted rate of unimaginable speed. While you were laughing at one joke, there were ten you missed. You sat there in amazement laughing and wondering how the hell does he do it?

Many younger audiences discovered Williams with Popeye, or maybe it was Hook. Other, even younger fans, first discovered him in Disney’s Aladdin and Shrek. For me, I go way back to the days when he made his first appearances as Mork from Ork in two episodes of Happy Days. This led to fame and fortune with his own series in Mork and Mindy. It was one of those shows everyone watched whether they admitted it or not.

But Robin Williams proved he was more than just a comedic genius. He was a damn fine dramatic actor too. He proved it in films like Good Will Hunting, for which he won an Academy Award, Dead Poet’s Society and the lesser known One Hour Photo. Williams demonstrated he could play is loud and wild as well as quiet, controlled and thoughtful.

Like all geniuses, he was one of a kind and we were lucky to have him in our life. Thanks Robin!

Below ar five of my favorite Robin Williams films.



Good Morning, Vietnam


Moscow on the Hudson


Dead Poets Society


One Hour Photo


A Few other must see Robin Williams films.

Mrs. Doubtfire

The Birdcage

Deconstructing Harry


Death to Smoochy

The World According to Garp


12 comments on “Reality – What a Concept

  1. Danny says:

    Glad I’m not the only one who liked World According to Garp. Well put sentiments as well.


  2. doriantb says:

    John, I first knew of him from MORK AND MINDY, and then the floodgate of his astounding, versatile talent was a Team Bartilucci favorite for good. What a damn shame he left us too young, but he’ll always be a part of our family. And for the record, in addition to the excellent suggestions you cited, we of Team B would also like to include DEAD AGAIN as another favorite. Farewell to a versatile performer; we hope he’s having a blast in Heaven.


  3. A complete and utter tragedy……………….in my own little tribute to him I just watched Awakenings. Robert De Niro has the more showier role as the disease-stricken Leonard, but it is Williams that you cannot tear your eyes away from!
    A wonderful comedian, a wonderful actor and by all reports, a wonderful human being.
    Seize the heavens Robin! Millions of people will never forget you.


    • John Greco says:

      I agree with all you say. Lots of good things have been coming out about him. It’s so sad that he could not find peace within himself.


  4. The Lady Eve says:

    Such a crushing loss. He was an amazing and unique talent – and so beloved. Robin Williams lived not very far from where I do and though I never happened to meet him myself, family, friends and acquaintances have shared anecdotes about memorable encounters over the years. Here’s one…

    My friend Sue’s husband John ran into him on a street in San Francisco and was so thrilled he wanted to share the experience with his wife. Robin agreed to go with him to a phone booth (this was in the ’90s) where John called Sue and excitedly told her he was with Robin Williams. Robin was kind enough to get on the phone and say “hi” – and chuckle with her about John’s over-the-moon behavior. A real sweetheart.


    • John Greco says:

      Eve, thanks for sharing this story. You keep hearing so many good things about Robin which sadly only makes it that much more poignant to realize that a man who brought so much joy to so many people could not find happiness within for himself.


  5. Sam Juliano says:

    A lovely tribute John! So passionate and all-encompassing. His loss was devastating, and people still have not come to terms with it. My absolute favorite of his films include DEAD POETS SOCIETY, GOOD WILL HUNTING, AWAKENINGS and THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP.


  6. John Greco says:

    You mention all good films and they reflect Williams versatility. He was one of those who you thought would always be around. Truly, good too soon.


  7. Uncle Tree says:

    This loss really shook me. As a Boomer, I’ll say, the rug was pulled out from under me.
    Big Daddy tears flushed me good. Then finally, last Friday, I watched an 1 1/2 hour show
    he did in 2004. I could finally laugh again, thanks to Robin. And it felt good and needed.

    A nice write you did here. Nice to meet you, John. Peace and luvz, Uncle Tree


    • John Greco says:

      A little piece of me died too with his death. I have yet to watch one of his shows or his movies since. I will and will remember him with fondness and a smile. Nice to meet you too!

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