An icon has died today, and yes, I realize we don’t typically cover this type of celebrity news. But I could not help but feel compelled to write about and pay some kind of tribute to this amazingly talented and unique, actor, comedian, father, husband and dog lover.
Various new sources popped up onto my screen, reporting the same sad news that less than a mile from my own home, Robin Williams was found dead in his house in Tiburon, California. According to law enforcement reports, the 63-year-old, apparently took his own life.
This hits close to home for many reasons, the first being that I live in Tiburon as well. Growing up in Marin, my husband even had the opportunity to meet him a couple of times, something I will be forever jealous of. As a kid and throughout my adulthood, I have thought there were two comedic geniuses of my lifetime: Mel Brooks and Robin Williams, but as a child of the 80’s, there is no question that Robin Williams was there at nearly every part of my childhood. I have seen nearly every movie he has every been in, watched his stand-up routines and was angry when they canceled his most recent show, “The Crazy Ones.” It is so sad to loose such an amazingly talented and creative individual.
Something not everyone may know is that Robin Williams was a dog lover, or rather, had a dog that he loved and was also a supporter of dog rescue. His Pug, “Leonard Bean” — who was adopted from the Curly Tail Pug Rescue in New York City — was regularly featured on the comedians twitter account.
My Dinner with Leonard. #recreatetheclassics
“I also have a gay rescue pug called Leonard, who I take for walks because I am very secure in my sexuality. He has a boyfriend and they are planning to adopt a Siamese kitten together. We’re very modern,” Williams says in a interview with The Telegraph.
In an AmA Williams told Reddit, “for pure loyalty, there is nothing like a Pug.”
The two often donated images to rescues including a version of this one which was featured in the August calendar of Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation
Williams also talked about Leonard in an interview of Jay Leno, check out the first minute and half of this clip.
He also included thoughts about dogs and cats in his stand-up routine. (Please be aware it’s for mature audiences.)
My husband and I plan to spend the evening watching his movies and remembering all the creativity, playfulness and life he brought to this world. He will be greatly missed.