Robin Williams: Photographers Remember a Legendary Actor

Photograph by Nigel Parry—CPI, Cover ©TIME
Photograph by Nigel Parry—CPI, Cover ©TIME
Photographed by Nigel Parry in New York City in 2007

"A whirlwind. That's the only way to describe the privilege of having photographed Robin many times. It's a whirlwind of energy, words, laughter, and characters. You were never sure what prop or article of clothing, he would grab and play with it. Always ingenious, witty, intelligent and kind. It was always a joy and surprising delight. That is how I will always remember him."

Legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his home in Marin County, Calif. on Monday, Aug. 11. Police confirmed Williams’ death as a suicide on Tuesday afternoon.

A veteran of screen and stage, Williams’ career spanned decades, from stand-up to sitcoms to Academy accolades and Oscar wins. A comic genius with a dark side, he inspired generations of performers with his spastic slapstick and gut-wrenching sincerity.

His status as a major Hollywood actor landed him in front of many photographers, who have as many memories of their time with him as they have images to match them. To mark his tragic and untimely passing, and honor his influential career, TIME LightBox presents a selection of photographs accompanied by the recollections of the photographers who made them. Together, they tell the story of a kind and complicated man.


Krystal Grow is a contributor to TIME LightBox. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @kgreyscale


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