Hollywood Studios, Networks on Robin Williams’ Death: ‘World Has Lost a Comic Genius’

“A gifted actor and a beautiful man,” says CBS in a statement to TheWrap

THE CRAZY ONES, February 2014 Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Credit: CBS)
"The Crazy Ones" (Credit: CBS)

Stage and screen icon Robin Williams died Monday of an apparent suicide. He was 63.

Hollywood — as well as fans — reacted with instant grief and disbelief on social media. As the news continues to develop, studios, networks and other related organizations are paying homage to the Oscar-winning actor:

Twentieth Century Fox Television, producer of “The Crazy Ones,” stated: “Robin Williams was a comedy giant, and although we only knew him personally for a season, he was warm, funny and a true professional. His cast and crew both loved him and loved working with him,  and our hearts go out to his family and friends. He was one of a kind.”

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The film leg of 20th Century Fox said: “There really are no words to describe the loss of Robin Williams. He was immensely talented, a cherished member of our community, and part of the Fox family.  Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans.  He will be deeply missed.”

Said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, “I am deeply saddened to hear of Robin Williams‘ death. He was a performer of limitless versatility, equally adept at comedy and drama, whether scripted or improv. With his incomparable manic style, he could appeal to adult sensibilities in a stand-up comedy routine or elicit giggles from children as the voice of Genie in ‘Aladdin.’ Outside of his career, he used his considerable talents to raise money for charity. He was not only a talented man, but a true humanitarian. It’s such a tremendous loss.”

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CBS said: “Our world has lost a comic genius, a gifted actor and a beautiful man. We will remember Robin Williams as one of the unique talents of his time who was loved by many, but also as a kind, caring soul, who treated his colleagues and co-workers with great affection and respect. Our heartfelt thoughts and sympathies go out to his family, loved ones and friends.”

HBO added: “Robin Williams graced HBO for so many years with his uncommon gifts. He never failed to elevate his art and did so with a full, generous and loving heart. Always humble and gracious, Robin was a prince and holds a special place in all our hearts.”

The Improv said: “The Improv’s Budd Friedman and Mark Lonow are saddened by the passing of Robin Williams, a great comedian and a great friend of the Improv. He was clearly the Godfather of Improvisation.”

Neil Portnow, President and CEO of The Recording Academy said: “Five-time GRAMMY® winner Robin Williams was a prolific actor and stand-up comedian who literally did it all: television, film, theater, and live performances. After gaining fame in his breakout role of Mork in the television show ‘Mork & Mindy,’ Williams became a household name. His improvisational skills and comedic timing were unmatched, and he quickly established himself as a larger-than-life presence on screen and on stage. His roles in classic movies such as ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ ‘The Birdcage,’ and ‘Jumanji’ showcased his comedic chops, while his versatility was reflected in dramatic films such as ‘Dead Poets Society,’ ‘The Fisher King,’ and ‘Good Will Hunting,’ which earned him an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor. Although Williams is most recognized for his film and television work, he has received GRAMMYs for Best Comedy Recording three times, Best Recording for Children, and Best Spoken Comedy Album. Additionally, his heart matched his expansive talent, as he often gave generously — both financially and personally — to a number of worthwhile causes throughout his life. Our entertainment community has lost an immense talent, a true inspiration, and a creative genius, and his remarkable legacy will forever be immortalized in his vast and impressive body of work. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, and his countless fans around the world who will continue to honor his memory through laughter.”

Said Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company: “We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Robin Williams, a wonderfully gifted man who touched our hearts and never failed to make us laugh.  An incredible actor and a comedic genius, Robin will always be remembered for bringing some of the world’s favorite characters to life, from his zany alien on ABC’s ‘Mork & Mindy’ to the irascible genie in Disney’s ‘Aladdin.’  He was a true Disney Legend, a beloved member of our family, and he will be sorely missed.  We join Robin’s friends and fans everywhere in mourning, and offer our thoughts and condolences to his family during this difficult time.”