I don’t remember when exactly I became aware of him. Maybe my mom watched Mork and Mindy reruns while she was pregnant with me. Maybe it was Aladdin, one of my favorite Disney movies because of his portrayal of the Genie. His countless movies are in my head. Things I’ve watched over and over - The Birdcage, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Jack, Fathers’ Day, Dead Poets Society, Good Morning, Vietnam and Good Will Hunting just to name some.
I saw him on Broadway in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in 2009. He was magnificent. It was an intense role but he still got some laughs - always the twinkle in his eye. I saw him perform Weapons of Self Destruction live at Town Hall a few years ago. He was hysterical, always so quick, so smart. I’ve watched his stand up so many times. His Inside The Actors Studio was the best one and caused one audience member to laugh so hard, she had some kind of actual fit and an ambulance came for her. (She was ok after.)
He was a humanitarian. Comic Relief was on HBO before I ever had HBO but I’ve seen a few of them and I always loved watching him with Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg.
I’m not shocked he’s gone, I was dreading it. A person can only go to rehab so many times, battle depression so much. I’m heartbroken. I’m heartbroken for his family. That’s a terrible way to lose someone you love - a father, a husband.
He will be incredibly missed.