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Locals Remember Actor/Comedian Robin Williams

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For many growing up watching movies like Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, and Hook, Robin Williams was almost like a part of the family.

Local fan Becky Osburn says, "It's kind of like losing somebody you do know. He's an awesome actor."
"That's crazy. I literally just downloaded Mrs. Doubtfire, so that's very shocking.", says Asya Neal.
And Ramsey Bell says, "It seems like we lose a great mind or a great actor every year."

Williams began his career in the 1970's with appearances on 'The Richard Pryor Show' and 'Mork and Mindy', giving us over 30 years of comedic genius.

For local Comedian, Mike Townsend, he says Robin Williams inspired his career. About Williams, he says,"He wasn't afraid to be himself. He was a free spirit you know...movies like Jumanji, Flubber, Aladdin... The genie ... He made that movie, you know, so we're going to miss him. Up and coming comedians have a big shoe to fill, because one of the greats is gone, you know."

The late actor-comedian also has strong ties to the Magnolia State.
It's a little known fact, but according to IMDb, Robin Williams' great-great-grandfather, Anselm McLaurin, served as the Governor of Mississippi in 1894.

According to the website, he has three films still yet to be released later this year and in 2015. He was 63-years-old.

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