‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Stars Remember Robin Williams, ‘Good Will Hunting’ Memorial Set Up at Bench [PHOTO]by Michelle McGahan | PopCrush
In the wake of Robin Williams‘ tragic and untimely death, millions of people around the world are mourning the late actor, so beloved by so many. As his family, friends, fans and co-stars struggle to make sense of the devastating loss, they are honoring him the best way they know how: Through his films.
One of Williams’ most iconic roles was as the cherished Mrs. Doubtfire, and it is only fitting that the actors who portrayed his family in the film have spoken out to remember the true legend that he was.
“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,” Sally Field said in a statement (quote via Fox News). “Please God, let him now rest in peace.”
Lisa Jakub, who played Williams’ eldest daughter Lydia in ‘Doubtfire,’ took to her website to remember the time that the actor wrote her school a letter in an attempt to persuade them to let her back in after kicking her out for being a “non-traditional” student.
“Even though I had not spoken with Robin in a very long time, I always assumed there would be some future opportunity to tell him that his letter changed my life,” she writes now. “It taught me that you stand up for the things that matter. And even if your attempts fail, you tried. You told the truth. You took care of your friends. You fought back.”
Though Matthew Lawrence — who played Williams’ son Chris in the film — has not yet commented, his older brother Joey took to Twitter to mourn Williams on behalf of his entire family, writing:
RIP Robin Williams What a tragic loss. I have no words to describe how sad my family and I feel. Our thoughts and prays are with his family
— Joey Lawrence (@joeylawrence) August 12, 2014
And Mara Wilson, who played Williams’ youngest daughter, Natalie, wrote:
Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while.
— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) August 11, 2014
Williams will also be remembered for his Academy Award-winning turn in ‘Good Will Hunting,’ and fans have already flocked to the bench in Boston where the great actor filmed one of the movie’s most iconic scenes.
Williams fan Nicholas Rabchenuk and several others paid tribute to the actor at the bench by writing some of the film’s most famous lines, including, “Sorry guys, I went to see about a girl,” and “Your move, chief.” But, as Rabchenuk tells the Hollywood Reporter, the plan is to honor Williams’ entire career. (You’ll also see the ‘Hook’ catchphrase, “Bangarang,” written in the picture below.)
“I hope it catches on,” he says, revealing that his hope is to have the memorials continue at benches all around the world.
— nicholas rabchenuk (@rabbitnutz) August 12, 2014
R.I.P., Robin Williams. May your life live on in the movies that we all cherish. You can see 10 of the actor’s most memorable on-screen moments here.