A look-back at Robin Williams with U.S. troops overseas
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 01:50
The U.S. Defense Department has released video showing comedian Robin Williams entertaining troops in Kuwait and Afghanistan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Robin Williams was an avid supporter of the US military, and made many visits to troops stationed overseas.
The U.S. Defense Department video highlights Williams' visits Kuwait and Afghanistan.
Williams, the versatile actor whose madcap comic style made him one of television and film's biggest stars, was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Tiburon, Northern California. He was 63.
The comedian's appeal stretched across generations and genres, from family fare as the voice of Disney's blue Genie in "Aladdin" to his portrayal of a fatherly therapist in the 1997 drama "Good Will Hunting," for which he earned his sole Oscar.
But many remembered the master of impressions on Monday for his tender portrayal in "Mrs. Doubtfire", when he played the part of a British nanny whose identity he assumed as a divorced father to be with his children.
According to his publicist, Williams had been recently suffering from severe depression, and had repeatedly talked about his past struggles with alcohol.
Williams, who was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in suburban Detroit earned four Academy Award nominations, the first for his portrayal of U.S. Army radio host Adrian Cronauer during the Vietnam War in "Good Morning, Vietnam."
He earned nominations for the 1990 coming-of-age prep school drama "Dead Poets Society" and 1991's "The Fisher King."
Williams married three times, most recently in 2011 to Schneider. He has three children.
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