Robin Williams: Remember the Late Comic Great with Behind-The-Scenes Clips from ‘Aladdin’ and a Hilarious Keith Richards Impression


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Today, July 21, would have been the 69th birthday of Robin Williams.

The legendary actor/comedian known for razor-sharp wit, an endlessly irreverent standup comedy style and a warm demeanor passed away in 2014, ripping a hole in the comedy and entertainment community.

🎉Happy Heavenly Birthday, Robin Williams. Robin & I were friends. He was a quiet, kind, caring, super talented & gentle…

Posted by Jill Jarrett on Tuesday, July 21, 2020

While he was alive, Robin Williams was a source of constant entertainment, belying the turmoil that churned under the surface. Among his most notable roles was that of Genie in Disney’s 1992 animated film Aladdin, which allowed Williams to bring his comedy repertoire full circle, impersonating countless celebrities within the guise of the electric blue genie in the film and generally be a madcap character and a source of constant charm.

Here is some delightful behind-the-scenes footage of Robin Williams bringing Genie to life:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDIg1mUYikA

 

Williams also paid tribute to Rolling Stones guitarist/larger-than-life rock and roll cartoon character Keith Richards with a classic standup performance, which has been preserved online and is pretty perfect in tone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbHJ0KNYEoA

In addition to his movie roles and standup gigs, Williams was also a philanthropic soul. Among the many such endeavors Williams became involved in over the years was the charity Children’s Promise, a project he went into with his second wife, Marsha Garces.

This led to his participation in a star-studded cover of the Rolling Stones classic “It’s Only Rock n’ Roll (But I Like It),” which was released in 1999 and featured involvement from all over the music and entertainment world. As the video’s description lists:

Keith Richards, Kid Rock, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Jones of Stereophonics, Jon Bon Jovi, Spice Girls, Kéllé Bryan, Jay Kay of Jamiroquai, Ozzy Osbourne, Womack & Womack, Lionel Richie, Victoria Beckham, Bonnie Raitt, Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries, James Brown, Mick Jagger, Robin Williams, Jackson Browne, Iggy Pop, Chrissie Hynde, Skin of Skunk Anansie, Emma Bunton, Melanie C, Annie Lennox, Mark Owen, Natalie Imbruglia, Huey, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Dina Carroll, Gavin Rossdale of Bush, B. B. King, Joe Cocker, The Corrs, Melanie B, Steve Cradock & Simon Fowler of Ocean Colour Scene, Ronan Keating, Ray Barretto, Herbie Hancock, Francis Rossi & Rick Parfitt of Status Quo, S Club 7, Eric Idle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvlY9fEcjiA

All of this to say: Robin Williams was a gift while he was around, and he’s as missed as ever now that he’s gone.

May he continue to rest in peace, and may his work continue to make folks laugh and smile.


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