Robin Williams, whose death just under a year ago seemed to rock anyone across North America — anyone who had seen a Robin Williams flick across the globe, for that matter — would have been 64 today. His daughter Zelda, who has always been fairly active on social media, announced earlier today via her Twitter feed that she was going to take a social media break, and asked those who were leaving best wishes regarding her father’s birthday to be kind.
Thanks for all the kind thoughts. Taking a break for a bit. Don't burn the place down while I'm gone!… https://t.co/NLj4IaFiUW— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) July 21, 2015
Shortly after Robin Williams’ death last year, Zelda’s Twitter feed had been the subject of some nasty messages; Twitter announced policy changes shortly after, announcing stricter methods of dealing with trolls on the site.
Robin Williams was best known for roles in films like Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poets’ Society, and the Night at the Museum series of films. More recently, he appeared on television with Sarah Michelle Gellar in The Crazy Ones, about an ad agency run by a father-daughter duo. Gellar also took to her Twitter page to wish Robin Williams a joyous 64th birthday, though she clearly felt the occasion was bittersweet.
Zelda was on Today in February 2015 to discuss how she was coping in the then-six months since the passing of Robin Williams. “The world keeps spinning,” she said. “There’s no point questioning it and no point blaming anyone for it, and there’s no point blaming yourself or the world or whatever the case may be, because it happened and you have to continue to move and you have to continue to live and manage.”
Boulevard, the final film featuring Robin Williams, hit theaters earlier this month, and while many reviews proclaimed that the actor’s final performance was “richly layered,” the film only received a 50 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film’s director, Dito Montiel, said he could not have “loved (Robin Williams) more.” The director reiterated everything about Robin Williams that many had already said; that the actor was hardworking, easy to work with, and interested in working with the director to bring the character he plays to life.
Even recording artist CeeLo Green wanted to pay tribute to the actor. In his latest single “Robin Williams,” released July 17, Green laments the loss of heroes, including Robin Williams, John Belushi, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, among others.
While the world may continue to miss Robin Williams and his rapid-fire brand of humor, the bonus is that his film roles will continue to delight generations to come. Whether it is as the voice of the Genie in Aladdin or as the father trying to figure out a way to see his kids regularly in Mrs. Doubtfire, Robin Williams will definitely have a presence in the lives of young children for years to come. What better way to celebrate his 64th birthday than to know that his legacy will continue to survive and thrive?
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