Robin Williams, who killed himself on Monday (Aug. 11), will be honored tonight (Aug. 13) when Broadway theaters dim their marquees in his memory. Although best known for film roles, Williams appeared in several stage productions.
The 63-year-old actor was found dead in his Marin County, Calif. home. The medical examiner ruled that his death was by asphyxiation.
Scores of tributes have poured in since his death from family, friends and acquaintances.
Broadway will go dim at exactly 7:45pm for one minute as is customary when the theater community marks the passing of actors and other contributors to the stage.
Williams got his start in New York City. He studied theater at Julliard before becoming a stand-up comic and landing a role as space alien Mork in the TV sit-com “Mork & Mindy.”
He won an Oscar for supporting actor for his role in the 1993 film “Good Will Hunting,” and was nominated three other times for Best Actor. He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammys.
His stage resume includes Mike Nichols’s 1988 off-Broadway version of Waiting for Godot with Steve Martin; and his own one-man show, Robin Williams: Live on Broadway, according to the Broadway League, an industry trade group.
In 2011, he made his acting debut on Broadway in the title role of Rajiv Joseph’s drama Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.
“Robin Williams was a comedic genius with limitless talent and stunning versatility who left this world far too early. He made an impact on everyone he met or entertained,” said Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement.
“Whether on screen or live on stage, his multi-faceted talent always created memorable performances. Robin Williams will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans,” she added.
The Broadway League’s 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers who present in nearly 200 markets in North America, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theater industry.
Update: The hit Broadway show Aladdin paid tribute to Robin Williams with a special performance of show tune “Friend Like Me.” Williams voiced the Genie in the 1992 Disney animated musical fantasy film by the same name. Check it out below.