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Comedian/Actor Robin Williams Passes Away at 63

posted on 2014-08-12 00:45 EDT
Oscar winner was self-professed fan of Ghost in the Shell, Evangelion, other anime

American comedian and actor Robin Williams passed away on Monday at his home in Tiburon, California. The Coroner Division at the local sheriff's office suspect the cause of death to be suicide through asphyxiation, although the cause of death is preliminary and awaits an investigation. He was 63.

In addition to being a lauded actor and comedian, Williams was a self-described anime fan, as he told Movie Marketing Asia in 2005:

I am a big fan of Japanese animation. They make movies like Innocence Ghost in the Shell 2 and Appleseed in which they really look at the darker themes and I am fascinated by what they do. I love animation. It allows me to be free to create a character that is totally different than me. And with the Japanese, every film pushes the envelope a little further.

Favorites he listed during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit last year include Neon Genesis Evangelion, Akira, Blood: The Last Vampire, Cowboy Bebop, and, especially, Ghost in the Shell. His performance in the film One Hour Photo includes an extended reference to Neon Genesis Evangelion, and he starred in two Legend of Zelda commercials with his daughter, Zelda Williams, whom he named after the game.

Williams' many film and television roles include Mork & Mindy, Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Happy Feet. He won an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting, as well as two Emmys for his variety show work and five Grammys for his spoken-word recordings. He will appear posthumously in four upcoming films, including Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter and Rukiia for the news tips

Source: CNN


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