Tinseltown pays tribute to one of its favourite sons

Celebrity colleagues and admirers of Robin Williams shared their reactions to his death at age 63:

“I am completely and totally devastated. What more can be said?” — Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber

“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” — Hook director Steven Spielberg

“What I will always remember about Robin, perhaps even more than his comic genius, extraordinary talent and astounding intellect, was his huge heart — his tremendous kindness, generosity, and compassion as an acting partner, colleague and fellow traveller in a difficult world” — The Birdcage co-star Nathan Lane

“I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul” — Waiting for Godot co-star Steve Martin

“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” — actor-comedian Chevy Chase

“I saw him on stage the very first time he auditioned at the Improv and we have been friends ever since. It’s a very sad day” — talk show host Jay Leno

“I am absolutely heartbroken. Robin was a national treasure and a beautiful soul” — The World According to Garp co-star Glenn Close

“The thing that struck me about him is he had a great heart. He was very compassionate. But he was also like a benchmark. And what he did — he did what he did the best. And he set a very high benchmark for people to follow. Not only did he excel in that field, but he crossed over into all sorts of other fields as well. He’s gone too soon” — actor and director Mel Gibson

“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” — Old Dogs co-star John Travolta.

“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” — Mrs Doubtfire co-star Sally Field

“A big, tenacious, overflowing, hyperkinetic eruption of compassion would be [the] best tribute to Williams” — The Butler co-star John Cusack

“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” — US President Barack Obama

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