Kimberly Jordan: Robin Williams left this world a happier place

I wrote a column recently on laughter being the best medicine. I’m a firm believer in that.
Aug 14, 2014

I wrote a column recently on laughter being the best medicine. I’m a firm believer in that. 

I don’t usually write columns involving celebrities, so this is an oddity. But I couldn’t help thinking about the death of Robin Williams on Monday.

Robin Williams was, as so many people said on the news and all over social media, a comedic genius. He could make almost anybody laugh. 

Whether he was on a movie set, becoming the voice for a number of animated characters or lighting up the small screen, you could always count on him to brighten your day with some witty remarks.

I remember at a young age watching some episodes of “Mork and Mindy” on Nick at Nite, and while I didn’t understand everything going on I do remember laughing a lot. And very few people that I’ve encountered were not aware of where the phrase “na-nu, na-nu” came from.

The first time I really got to appreciate Williams’ talent was as the voice of the genie in Disney’s Aladdin. His manic energy was perfect to display the emotions of someone who’d been stuck inside an oil lamp for 10,000 years.

One of his most iconic roles was Mrs. Doubtfire, which is still on my list of favorite movies. I just loved watching him take on the different personas. He made it look easy, though no doubt it was anything but. One of my favorite scenes from the film was when he tosses the piece of fruit (I can’t remember what type it was) at Pierce Brosnan’s head and when Brosnan turns around Williams looks startled and yells “It was a run-by fruiting!”

There’s also the visit by the social worker in which he unceremoniously dunks his head into a cream pie to hide his identity from her. Priceless.

There are so many other places that Williams shared his talent and made people laugh. So many movies, several television shows and appearances at awards ceremonies.

The world was a brighter place because his star shined, and he will be missed.

Kimberly Jordan is The Democrat’s general assignment reporter. Email her at or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.


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