The world is still trying to deal with the death of acting and comedy legend Robin Williams, yet the actor still has four films due for release, and was due to be making Mrs Doubtfire 2. We will get to that, and share some tributes with you shortly, but first it has been reported that an autopsy will be taking place next Tuesday to determine the cause of death. Williams had been battling depression for years, and it is thought he died from a suspected suicide.
The autopsy for Robin Williams is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 12, following the comedic actor’s death on Monday at the age of 63. It’s set to take place at the Marin County Coroner’s Office in San Rafael, Calif.
While the cause of death is believed to be suicide by asphyxiation, he also recently entered a 12-step rehab stint for drug abuse, according to his publicist. His rep said that Williams had been battling depression as of late.
The Oscar winner was found dead in his home after the Marin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Williams’ house Monday. He was not breathing when paramedics showed up, and was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m.
Williams was last seen alive Sunday night by his wife.
Mrs Doubtfire 2:
Williams won the hearts of movie fans with the widely popular 1993 comedy, Mrs Doubtfire, and a sequel has been in the works for some time, with Williams attached to star. His sad passing has left the sequel in turmoil, and sources have said that the sequel is unlikely to go ahead now.
Chris Columbus was set to return as director for Fox 2000, and offered his own personal tribute to Williams. “His performances were unlike anything any of us had ever seen, they came from some spiritual and otherworldly place. He truly was one of the few people who deserved the title of “genius”,” Columbus said in a statement. “We were friends for 21 years. Our children grew up together, he inspired us to spend our lives in San Francisco and I loved him like a brother. The world was a better place with Robin in it. And his beautiful legacy will live on forever.”
Berenbaum had reportedly met with Williams in recent months and was working on a second draft of the script. There has now been talk of rebooting Mrs Doubtfire rather than making a sequel.
The original “Mrs. Doubtfire,” based on the Anne Fine book, followed Williams’ struggling actor and divorced father who disguises himself as an elderly housekeeper in order to see his kids while his ex-wife has custody. Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan also starred.
Co-starring Sally Fields and Pierce Brosnan, the pic was a smash at the box office, taking in more than $400 million worldwide and Fox has tried to get a sequel into production ever since. Elizabeth Gabler and Marisa Paiva were overseeing for Fox 2000. “Mrs. Doubtfire” has been the most frequently played movie on basic cable and is therefore well-known both to those who saw it when it was released and to the millennials who caught up with it on cable.
Four films still to come:
There are still four films to come from Williams, including Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Absolutely Anything, Merry Friggin’ Christmas and Boulevard.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb wrapped production in May, and is due for release in UK cinemas 19th December.
Merry Friggin’ Christmas is a holiday comedy, produced by Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors The Russo Brothers, and directed by Tristram Shapeero. The film co-stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Lauren Graham and Oliver Platt and will be released in US cinemas on 7th November. No UK dates have been confirmed yet.
He also recently starred opposite Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad) in the Dito Montiel drama Boulevard, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The movie has yet to land theatrical distribution.
Williams, who was one of the first big stars to lend his voice to an animated movie with his work in 1992’s Aladdin, has also voiced the animated character of Dennis the Dog in Absolutely Anything, an upcoming live-action British comedy starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale that is due out next year.
Tributes have been flooding in from all over the world for the beloved Robin Williams, so let’s share a few here:
US President Barrack Obama released a heartfelt statement following the actors death:
“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between.
“But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.
“He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets.
“The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”
I can’t believe my lovely friend is gone. My heart goes out to his wife and his beloved children. He brought us so much joy and laughter.
— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) August 11, 2014
Danny DeVito, Williams’ friend and co-star/director on Death to Smoochy: “So sad to think about this. Hard to speak. Hard to say. Hard to take. All I can think about is what a joy he was to be with. I’m devastated. I’m sending my love to his family and everyone who loved him. My heart is broken by this news.”
Robin Williams made the world a little bit better. RIP.
— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) August 11, 2014
Garry Marshall, creator of Mork & Mindy: “Once, years ago, Robin and I were walking on the Paramount lot near the set of our show Mork & Mindy. It was very late at night and we were talking and walking. Robin loved to stay up late and always had more energy than any person anywhere, in any room. I said to him that night, “Do you think we will ever grow up?” And he said without missing a beat, “I’m afraid if I ever grow up, I won’t be able to make a living.” Play was his passion and what drove him each day.
“I will never forget the day I met him and he stood on his head in my office chair and pretended to drink a glass of water using his finger like a straw. The first season of Mork & Mindy, I knew immediately that a three-camera format would not be enough to capture Robin and his genius talent. So I hired a fourth camera operator and he just followed Robin. Only Robin. Looking back, four cameras weren’t enough. I should have hired a fifth camera to follow him too.
“Robin was hands-down a comedy genius and one of the most talented performers I have ever worked with in television or film. To lose him so young at the age of 63 is just a tragedy. I will forever be in awe of his timing, his talent and his pure and golden creativity. He could make everybody happy but himself. He was my friend and it is rare that you ever have a friend that is also a genius.”
I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 11, 2014
Henry Winkler, star of Happy Days: “This incredible, delicate, funny, dramatic human being is gone. When he came to do Happy Days, we usually rehearsed Monday to Fridays; he came in Wednesday because they couldn’t find anybody to play this alien from space that Garry Marshall had thought of. And we started rehearsing and I quickly realized I was in the presence of greatness. Hands down – this is not hyperbole. “My only job was to keep a straight face and it was impossible because no matter that you said to him – no matter what line you gave to him, he took it in, processed it and then it flew out of his mouth, never the same way twice… You knew, Oh boy, you’re witnessing the beginning of something unbelievably special. He was electric — electrifying – and he was like, that no matter what he did, all the time…No matter what he did, he was that…It was just an amazing thing to witness.”
A tweet cannot begin to describe the hugeness of Robin Williams heart and soul and talent. This is so sad. #RobinWilliams
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) August 12, 2014
Jeffrey Katzenberg, executive on Williams’ film hits Aladdin, Dead Poet’s Society, Good Morning Vietnam: “It’s heartbreaking. Robin Williams was one the sweetest, most generous, caring, philanthropic people of our generation. He was just a sweetheart in every respect. The thought of him being in that kind of pain is just crushing. He gave so much to so many of us. There’s not a single person on this planet that could touch what he did. He really was a national treasure.”
We mourn the loss of our friend Robin Williams, who always made us laugh and smile. pic.twitter.com/UOY8LTjVRA
— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) August 11, 2014
CBS, home of Williams’ The Crazy Ones: “Our world has lost a comic genius, a gifted actor and a beautiful man. We will remember Robin Williams as one of the unique talents of his time who was loved by many, but also as a kind, caring soul, who treated his colleagues and co-workers with great affection and respect. Our heartfelt thoughts and sympathies go out to his family, loved ones and friends.”
Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) August 12, 2014
Forest Whitaker: ”The world has lost a special soul. Robin Williams touched our hearts, he gave us laughter, he gave us joy, he made us think about the impossible. I’m blessed to have been able to walk inside his universe. He forever changed this world with his presence. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to all those who hold him dear.
Rest in Peace
I cannot believe Robin Williams is gone; he was both a very famous & yet still underrated actor; whether Mork or Garp, a real comedy genius.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 11, 2014
Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and producer of Good Will Hunting: ”Bob and I were shocked and heartbroken to hear about Robin’s death. I met Robin when we made Good Will Hunting together and we were so proud to work with him and especially thrilled he won his well-deserved Oscar for his role. He was a titan in our industry and his one-of-kind talent is irreplaceable. He’d tell us all to let the show go on, but I know we’ll all pause to remember our beautiful friend and colleague.”
RIP, great soul. We hope your spirit has found peace. pic.twitter.com/xuFDO2qhXp
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 12, 2014
HBO, where Williams did a number of standup specials: “Robin Williams graced HBO for so many years with his uncommon gifts. He never failed to elevate his art and did so with a full, generous and loving heart. Always humble and gracious, Robin was a prince and holds a special place in all our hearts.”
A Fisher King amongst men. Thanks for all that soul, Robin. pic.twitter.com/h7l8oqXJoF
— David Krumholtz (@DaveKrumholtz) August 12, 2014
Chevy Chase: “Robin and I were great friends, suffering from the same little-known disease: depression. I never could have expected this ending to his life, and to ours with him. God bless him and God bless us all for his LIFE! I cannot believe this. I am overwhelmed with grief. What a wonderful man/boy and what a tremendous talent in the most important art of any time – comedy! I loved him.”
O Captain! My Captain! Rise up and hear the bells. Rise up, for you the flag is flung, for you the bugle trills.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) August 11, 2014
Sally Field, Williams’ co-star in Mrs. Doubtfire: “I feel stunned and so sad about Robin. I’m sad for the world of comedy. And so very sad for his family. And I’m sad for Robin. He always lit up when he was able to make people laugh, and he made them laugh his whole life long…. tirelessly. He was one of a kind. There will not be another. Please God, let him now rest in peace.”
Dear Robin, the world is a little less bright now that you are gone. Thank you for bringing us joy and laughter. We will miss you.
— Felicity Huffman (@FelicityHuffman) August 12, 2014
Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of Disney: “We’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 world’s favorite characters to life, from his zany alien on ABC’s Mork & Mindy to the irascible genie in Disney’s Aladdin. He was a true Disney Legend, a beloved member of our family, and he will be sorely missed. We join Robin’s friends and fans everywhere in mourning, and offer our thoughts and condolences to his family during this difficult time.”
RIP mr Williams – beyond great talent -such a kind and lovely person
— John Cusack (@johncusack) August 11, 2014
John Travolta, Williams’ co-star on Old Dogs: “I’ve never known a sweeter, brighter, more considerate person than Robin…Robin’s commitment as an artist to lifting our mood and making us happy is compared to none. He loved us all and we loved him back…he had only the best things to say about people and we are all better for having known him!! I love you Robin!”
Steven Spielberg: “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone.”
I am stunned and just reeling from the news of Robin Williams’ death. He brought so much joy and heart to millions… Just, wow.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) August 12, 2014
Shawn Levy, director of Williams in three Night at the Museum features: “I am shattered by the loss of my friend and collaborator Robin Williams. Onscreen and off, this was a formidable, incredible guy — generous in the best way: with his heart and humor, devoted to making others happy. Over his remarkable career, Robin moved us to tears; sometimes from laughter, sometimes from humanity, sometimes both in the same moment, a feat that few performers have equaled. I will miss Robin deeply but I will never stop treasuring the phenomenal, enduring work he gave to us all. Robin Williams was that rarest of things: a true and forever one of a kind.”
Muhammad Ali: “We were shocked and sorry to hear of Robin’s passing. He was a wonderful and loving human being who was always willing and ready to help others. Our prayers and sympathy go out to his family. May he rest in peace.”
21st Century Fox, where Williams had been part of filming the third Night at the Museum: “There really are no words to describe the loss of Robin Williams. He was immensely talented, a cherished member of our community, and part of the Fox family. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. He will be deeply missed.”
Pam Dawber, Williams’ co-star on Mork & Mindy: “I am completely and totally devastated. What more can be said?!”
David Steinberg, Williams’ manager for 35 years: “Nobody made the world laugh like Robin Williams. My brother, my friend, my soul mate, I will miss you.”