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A Clown's Disguise: An Ode to Robin Williams

Updated on October 9, 2016
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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A Great Movie

It is impossible not to love this movie. Patch Adams is based on a real person, and if all doctors were as caring and generous as this man the world would be a better place. Robin Williams, as always, played the character perfectly and helped make him so endearing. If you haven't already, you need to watch this.

A Clown's Disguise (an ode to Robin Williams)

by John Hansen (c) 2014


All the world weeps this day

The King of Clowns has passed away.

He made us laugh as Mork from Ork,

And was master of the witty talk.


Mrs Doubtfire made us smile

Jumanji fed the inner child.

A penguin's voice in Happy Feet,

But the sad 'black dog' he couldn't beat.


As Popeye the Sailor or Peter Pan

We were entertained by this Millennium Man.

Though underneath the joker's grin

Was a trouble soul that burned within.


In serious roles his acting shone,

Like Dead Poets Society and Dreams May Come.

Robin Williams was loved world-wide

But depression racked the man inside.


In ten years time we'll be weeping still

For we never saw that he was Ill.

True sadness showed within his eyes,

But he hid it all..through a clown's disguise.

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Robin Williams' Most Memorable Films

  • Good Will Hunting
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Good Morning Vietnam
  • What Dreams May Come
  • Mrs Doubtfire
  • The Fisher King
  • One Hour Photo
  • Patch Adams
  • Popeye
  • Awakenings
  • Moscow on the Hudson
  • World's Greatest Dad
  • Insomnia
  • The World According to Garp

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Missy, I understand your feeling. He had a way of relating to people through his movies and they were so diverse that at least one would have touched you in some way. His smiling face but sad eyes told the true story. I miss him too.

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      I loved this man!! He was everything we all aspire to be, and it still didn't make him happy. Why didn't he know he was loved by so many... However, the dreaded depression demon tells us things, and sometimes we just can't become joyful no matter what.

      Dead Poets is my absolute favorite, and I went to the movies by myself to watch What Dreams May Come. That movie was so powerful to me. I remember feeling connected to it in a very profound way. I mean, don't we all wonder how it's going to be on the other side?

      I didn't know him personally, but I miss him like I knew him a lifetime.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      We need to try to be more aware and recognise signs of depression Audrey. You can't always judge a book by its cover. Yes we need to show more kindness too. Thanks.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      A lesson is to be learned from Robin Williams suicide. We never know what is really going on inside another person. What we say, how we treat others must can determine that persons future thoughts and actions.

      Thanks - beautifully done. Audrey

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading SAQIB, yes he was great. Awakenings was wonderful.

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      SAQIB 2 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      Since I have seen most of Robin William's movies, i loved the Ode. He was indeed an exalted actor. Loved him in Awakenings.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Uh huh that is right we cannot fix ourselves and suicide is a coward way out. Only God can give and take life so when you take yours you may end up in a worst place than here. But i do not know what was this man's last words with the Lord. I guess some of these cases are excused!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      That is true LadyFiddler, no matter how bad our troubles seem there are always people worse off. It is just how we choose to handle our situation, if we have supportive people around us and if we have a belief and faith that we can hand them to God to deal with.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Oh i see Jodah, well this life is full or troubles you just got to know which path to direct them and how to cope and manage them or else it sure gonna over run you. As humans no matter how much we try to stay above the water sometimes we still sink. God is the only thing that will keep us afloat. I am sorry still he had to go that way , because no matter what Robin was going through there are people out there with a lot more troubles than him, but i guess is all learning to handle stress etc.

      You are welcome

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and for such a kind comment Lady Fiddler. Robin wasn't as wealthy as he should have been. He had lost a lot of his fortune in settlement of two failed marriages as well as he donated a lot to charities. He had only recently returned to television roles due to a shortage of money, then found out he had Parkinson's disease. I guess it was all too much for his already troubled soul. I appreciate your sharing this too.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hello Jodah this was very amazing and a lovely ode someday i was by my mum and mrs doubtfire was showing. I heard Robin Williams died but never put a name to the face, i have seen him around in a lot of movies....I had no clue he acted in popeye or as popeye .

      As i always tell people money cannot buy happiness it cannot buy love. I am sure Robin had millions to burn but poor soul was aching inside and money could not sooth his depression. It is so sad to know how he died but only God and Robin knew what he was goung through. A smile isn't always a smile who would think such a jolly fellow would leave this world in such a way. I do hope God had mercy on his soul and that he is i a better place than here , where he tried to escape from....BTW i love your poetic style ;)

      I must share such an epic piece

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you ZenandChic. We can't bring him back but can keep him alive by watching his movies and tv shows.

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      Patricia 3 years ago

      Love this poem! I am so sad about Robin Williams death!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for taking the time to read this poem/tribute HSchneider. Yes he was simply amazing.

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      Howard Schneider 3 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Wonderful Hub and tribute to Robin Williams, Jodah. He was my favorite comedian and his wit always amazed me.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Mike, good to see you and glad you enjoyed the trip. The coffee's always on the boil, and you are welcome any time ;)

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      mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Jodah, I don't get down this way often. Jo Goldsmith sent me over, and I am glad I took the trip. Well done.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for that touching comment bensen32. I can't really add to what has already been said about this remarkable man. He is already missed, but his movies live on.

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      Thomas Bensen 3 years ago from Round Lake Park

      Nice tribute to a great man. My favorite movie was Good Will Hunting. He made me laugh, he made me mad and I'm not ashamed to say, he made me cry all in one movie.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Author Cheryl, it is sad that enough people couldn't see that before it was too late. The funniest people in public are often the saddest in real life. Thanks for the vote up.

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      Such a funny man with such a heavy heart. No one can imagine the pain he felt inside. Voted up.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      His legacy will never die ,...the ultimate Peter Pan. Thank you motherofnations. God bless.

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      Mothers of Nations 3 years ago

      This is an absolutely beautiful poem & tribute. He was loved by so many. Yes, I believe people will be touched by his life & the loss for many years to come.

      Wonderful writer!

      God bless you.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Tony, yes, Robin was a comic genius and will be missed by millions. Thank you for reading and for your kind comment.

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      femi 3 years ago from Nigeria

      I love that funny, enigmatic, childish and complex character, I will miss the joy and laughter he brought to the world.

      Nice tribute

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Shyron, glad you enjoyed this tribute and I appreciate the vote up and share.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      John, how beautiful, perfect tribute, to a man admired by anyone who saw him. He will be missed.

      Thank you John for reminding us of this.

      Voted up, UABI and shared

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ my good friend, follower, Jodah . . .

      Wooooo, (this was my phantom impression).

      You are very welcome. I meant every word. You are a terrific person and writer.

      I appreciate the two of you very much.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading this DealForLiving. I appreciate your kind comment.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Really well done

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow Kenneth when you leave a comment you sure do a good job of it. I really do appreciate you reading this hub and for such generous words. I agree Robin Williams and Steve Martin certainly were the Kings of Comedy. So glad you enjoyed this, your opinion means a lot. Thanks for the vote up to. Have a great day my mysterious friend.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Aug. 26, 12:58 a.m., cdst

      Hey, Jodah!

      Surprise. I told you that I was like the wind--here for awhile and then I vanish.

      Loved this hub. Loved it! Robin Williams, like Steve Martin, were the original Kings of Comedy.

      Now for your hub . . .This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, I can easily describe it as amazing.

      I loved every word. Graphics were superb. This hub was helpful, informative and I found it very interesting.

      Voted up and all the choices because you deserve it.

      You have such a gift for writing. Keep writing no matter what.

      Sincerely,

      Your mysterious friend, Kenneth

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for that kind comment Paradise7, I will need to check out that movie "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn". You can often get some insight into what was going on in an actor's mind from their last movie eg. Heath Ledger in 'the Dark Knight'.

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      Paradise7 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you for the poem, Jodah. Outstanding tribute to one of the stellar comic talents of all time. We all will miss that funny, off-the-wall, winsome sense of humour and rapid-fire improvisation and the brilliant mind behind the truly comic persona. My sister recently told me about the last movie Robin Williams made: it's called, "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn" and in many ways, it's a fitting epitaph for a great performing artist.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading this poem Cyndi10. Your comments echo the feelings of thousands of his fans around the world. He was an extremely versatile actor. I appreciate the vote up too.

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      Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

      What a beautifully written tribute to Robin Williams. He was truly gifted. I've loved his work since he appeared in Mork and Mindy. His range was phenomenal and I was continually surprised at the different roles he was able to play. Now we can all see that he was also a very tormented man. So sad that he suffered and saw no way to go on. Voted up.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading, vote up and share. He was in a lot more movies than many of us realise some in bit parts and as voices for animated characters such as a bat in Fern Gully. I had never heard of Seize the Day, but I will have to check it out. Just watched Good Will Hunting the other night and he was excellent in that. Mork and Mindy is back on tv here now as well.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      You made a beautiful tribute to this great man! In the last edition of Time, they have a two page spread of all of Robin's movies, TV roles, theater, etc. I had no idea he was in so many movies. When I saw he starred in a movie, "Seize the Day" in 1986, I rented it. He plays a very serious, emotional part. He was a great actor as well as a great funny man.

      Voted UP, and shared .

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Jo. Yes it is sad and I didn't believe the news at first. It has inspired me to start a series of hubs paying tribute to people and celebrities while they are still with us instead of after they have gone. I started with Jon English an Australian entertainer. Thank you for the Gold award too, and the share, tweet and vote up for this hub.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Warren, I appreciate where you are coming from. Sometimes people you have never met affect you in ways you wouldn't think possible. Robin was one of these. I am glad you thought this was a fitting tribute.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      So really enjoyed and loved the way you have shaped some of my favorite movies of Robin Williams together.

      It is truly so sad and tragic that he will no longer be around to continue his great work. Not just as an actor but as a humanitarian and father.

      Shared, tweeted and Up! Cheers for your deserved Gold for this beautiful work here. :-)

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      Warren Curtis Daniels Jr 3 years ago from Buffalo, New York

      I couldn't comment fully the day I read this. I don't usually get upset about celebrities but Robin was Amazing in so many ways. Your tribute to him is just as Awesome. Thanks

      I voted up

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for your kind and insightful comment tillsontitan. Mmmm maybe we do have to take more notice. Thanks for the vote up too.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Your tribute, like the man, was multi-faceted. We have lost a soul full of sorrow and wit. His light will continue to shine through his movies and through tributes like yours.

      As someone else here said, it was like losing a friend, a man we knew so well from Mork to his role in The Crazy Ones. Perhaps we need to take tv titles more literally.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and shared.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for the kind comment Torrs13. Yes he was one of the most talented actors in not just comedies but dramatic roles as well. Sadly it appears he had just found out he had early Parkinson's disease as well. I do hope a high profile person succumbing to depression will raise awareness. I have just started to do a series of 'tribute' hubs to my favourite celebrities still living, rather than wait until they are gone.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      Jodah, this was absolutely beautiful! I was so shocked to hear about Robin Williams last week and I feel as though there will be a huge void in Hollywood now. He was such a talented man and he left us too soon. I hope that his passing will inspire people with depression to get the help they need. No one should have to feel empty and alone in this world.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Healthnews12, I hope he would have approved of this.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you very much for reading this poem SheGetsCreative, and for the kind comment. Yes he certainly was a genius and will be missed.

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Great tribute to one that I will always consider a comic genius.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and your kind comment Maj. Much appreciated.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      John, A great tribute to Robin, you said it perfectly. Sadly he could make everyone laugh but himself. I join all your commentators and thank you for presenting this, much appreciated. Maj.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks so much truthfornow. What I remember from Mork and Mindy, is Robin holding to eggs in his hand...and throwing them in the air saying, "little egg creatures...fly...be free" and they fall on the ground and break.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks again Maria. It just shows how loved he was, with so many tributes flowing. Just a pity he couldn't see all that love earlier. Thanks Robin for inspiring me. R.I.P.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for revisiting Faith. I am glad you noticed the sadness in his eyes as well. It was something I had seen in quite a few of his movies but wasn't sure of the reason. I didn't know he was so depressed. Blessings to you.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and your kind comment Nadine. Yes it is sad that everyone writes words of praise and tributes after someone has passed but rarely show the same love and appreciation while they are alive. He was a great performer.

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Nicely said. He brought joy and a smile to the lives of so many. I used to come home from school and watch reruns of Mork and Mindy - Nanu nanu. You never can know the pain and suffering that someone else is going through.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear John,

      This feels like a groups of friends at a memorial service making such beautiful remarks after your fitting, honorable and beautiful eulogy to Robin Williams.

      Just the other day you were worried if you could write anything worthy of your best and I do believe that with inspiration you certainly can... this is evidence.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi John, just had to come back and mention that when I arrived home last night, we had a People magazine that had arrived. On the front cover was a photo of Robin. It is true that we are noticing the sadness in his eyes in photos, that I have not noticed before. They had a whole spread of photos of his entire life almost, and in each photo, although he wore a smile most times, there was that sadness in his eyes.

      Blessings always

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Jodah thank you for honoring this great man with a poem. My favorite film of him was in dead Poet's Society, but I've seem many others where he was the main attraction but forgot their names. He was among the great actors, and its truly sad that his brilliants has been more honored due to his passing.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you pmccray, yes there have been too many passing away recently.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      DzMsLizzy, his early roles were all comedy early on but he diversified and really showed his acting ability in roles like in dead Poet's Society, Good Will Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam etc. He was incredible.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Phyllis, I think you are probably correct in that finding he had Parkinson's was more than he could handle, especially for someone famous for his quick wit. I have a theory that there is a link between having ADHD as children and getting Parkinson's disease in later life. The same chemical in the brain is involved with both. ADHD results from an excess, and Parkinson's a reduction.

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      pmccray 3 years ago from Utah

      Very well done. Alas another star is added to the heavens. R.I.P.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi MsLizzy. Robin Williams was very versatile and exceptionally talented. I never saw all his movies, but, I know he could play many different roles. I am glad you got to see that movie, I never did.

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      @ Phyllis Doyle--How interesting. You know, I did not like Mork and Mindy, for pretty much the same reasons I did not like "The Three Stooges," or "I Love Lucy." Therefore, back then, I thought I did not like Robin Williams...until my daughters dragged me, kicking and screaming, to go see "Good Morning, Vietnam!" From that day forward, I was a huge fan, having realized his true and full scope of talent, both comic and dramatic.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Jodah, I read a news release yesterday that Robin Williams had the beginning of Parkinson's disease and could not discuss it with anyone but his family. His wife reported this in an interview. Do you think he just could not cope with letting his fans see him becoming weaker as time goes by? I am just stunned by this and pray for peace and healing for his soul and his family.

      I watched several episodes of Mork and Mindy yesterday.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi teaches, I feel your perception about the man is probably spot on. I think he was trying to give others what he lacked himself. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      This is a great tribute to a talented man who put a smile on everyone's heart through his acting. Perhaps as a clown he was trying to achieve the happiness he sought or trying to give others what he missed. Regardless, he will be missed.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Same here DDE, I thought it was just a hoax at first, but soon found out otherwise. How sad, he is being missed already. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      DzyMsLizzy, how sad that you have to cross "see a live Robin Williams' performance off your bucket list. What an amazing thing that your husband got to experience his comic genius first hand however for free. Thank you for the vote up and share.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Genna, thank you for that wonderful comment. How lucky you were to actually see Robin Williams perform live. It's something I would have loved to experience. I appreciate your kind words especially saying he "does" like this hub.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      When I read about Robbin Williams I was not sure after making sure I still found it hard to actually believe that had happened.One of best actors and he surely will be missed. A man with who had unique talent and you did a great hub here.

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      What a beautiful tribute to an amazing and talented man. It is sad to think he was so troubled within.

      I'll have to cross off my 'bucket list' the line reading 'see a live Robin Williams performance.' And not getting to cross that off because it is completed, but because it cannot be, is very sad.

      I have a vicarious 'connection' to him, though, as my husband got to meet him at the computer store where he used to work. Mr. Williams came in, as he sometimes did, as he got his computers from them. According to hubby, he spent over an hour in the store, and was as madcap funny and spontaneous there as he was on stage. Picking up various items, improvising with them, making everyone crack up. It is reported that no work got done and no sales were made for that hour or so. What a great experience to have had. So hubby is all the more sad.

      Voted up, awesome and beautiful as well as shared.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I first saw Robin in a stand-up comic routine many years ago. I was with friends and we laughed so hard, we could barely breathe. He’s been one of my heroes ever since. Such creative genius of the mind and heart...he was an astute observer of human nature and possessed of a kind and generous spirit. I have always that that he was blessed in some way, but fighting demons that one could sometimes see in the faint shadows behind the eyes.

      John, your perfect poetry reflects my thoughts since I heard the heartbreaking news. He gave us so much, and knowing how he suffered without us being able to somehow help keeps me in tears. In any event, our loss is Heaven’s gain.

      I think that Robin would have liked your beautiful and sensitive hub, John. I should rephrase that…he DOES like it. Thank you. :-)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for ready Vellur, much appreciated.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      A great tribute beautifully expressed.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Bluebird. Sorry to make you even sadder.

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      bluebird 3 years ago

      Beautiful, truly beautiful, though it makes me sadder still.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Sunshine. Yes it was sad news.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for those kind words Suzette. I think ahorseback wrote a poem called "Tears of a Clown" as tribute. I can only hope he would approve of this.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Jackie. Thanks for reading. Well if he had Parkinson's Disease that may have been the straw that broke the camel's back. He was a great man.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Dana. Maybe Robin's sad passing may help to make people in general more aware of the dangers of depression. You are right we need to love each other more. Thanks for the vote up and share too. Blessings.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Rebecca, glad you enjoyed this ode.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Audrey, I have seen more tributes to Robin Williams both on Hub Pages and other social and mainstream media than anyone else. His popularity was so wide spread and diverse. Sorry to almost make you cry. Thanks for reading.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Beautiful tribute to an amazing actor :(

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks peach purple. Yes I was shocked by the news. I didn't realise he had depression.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks so much Aneegma. He will certainly be missed by all.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading Carrie. I like to think he'd be proud.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Cris for your kind words. I appreciate your comment.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for the kind words savvy dating. Same here in regard to the sadness. Lauren Becall died the next day but I haven't seen as much on media. I guess because she didn't take her own life.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Paula. Yes the healing will begin now. I suppose there will be countless tributes and replays of all his movies, so his memory will live on. Peace.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Nell, I enjoyed so much of his work starting with Mork and Mindy. My children's' first memory was 'Hook', and even they were shocked and saddened. He was one of those actors that appealed to all ages. Thanks also for the vote up and share.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes he was very talented Bill, but obviously trouble. Unfortunately we don't often see beneath the cheerful, funny exterior. Thanks for reading.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a fine and wonderful tribute to our favorite clown! He would love this poem. "Tears of a Clown". Comes to mind. RIP Robin Williams!

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      Warren Curtis Daniels Jr 3 years ago from Buffalo, New York

      tear :(

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Just a poem about him makes us smile remembering and you did it so well. Whether it is true or not I heard he had Parkinson Disease so probably that was why...on top of his depression. I really loved him too! ^+

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Wow! you really did an awesome job with this one Jodah. Mork and Mindy was one of my favorite shows as a child and when I heard about his passing it broke my heart. Of all people, who would of thought behind that goofy grin he was battling depression. I think it's sad in a world full of people its hard to notice someone else in so much pain. Even though I know depression is a mental disorder and it has to do with the person themselves and not necessarily anyone else, I still say we have to love each other more. It's easier to love more than deal with this kind of pain for the rest of your life. God bless u Jodah. Voted up awesome and shared.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love your ode. A clown's disguise is so perfectly fitting.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      I miss him already. This poem, Jodah, says it all. The movies entertained us, his wit made us laugh. Deep inside him were fears that we never saw. Your words are such a tribute to a man that everyone loved. If he could see the tributes and know the love of all, he would be happy. and maybe he can see it all. He is at peace. Your poetry almost makes me cry. Blessings, Audrey

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i missed him too, such a jovial guy, never expect him to have problems too