In 2020, the documentary “Robin’s Wish” was released, shedding light on the final days of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams. Williams, who passed away in 2014, had been battling a neurodegenerative disorder before his death by suicide. The documentary revealed that Williams’ health had significantly deteriorated while filming a sequel to “Night at the Museum” months before his passing.
Susan Schneider Williams, the actor’s wife, disclosed that her husband had struggled to find answers to his health issues and was misdiagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Despite his illness, Williams continued to work in the film industry and even completed the movie “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” alongside Ben Stiller, Rebel Wilson, and Dan Stevens.
It was only after Williams’ autopsy that doctors discovered he had been suffering from Lewy body dementia, an incurable brain disease. A biography on Williams, written by Dave Itzkoff in 2018, supported the narrative that the actor’s decline began during the filming of the third and final “Night at the Museum” film. Cheri Minns, Williams’ makeup artist for the movie, shared in an interview with The New York Post that he would often end his days on set “sobbing in my arms.” She described the experience as “horrible” and recalled Williams saying, “I don’t know how to be funny anymore.”
In the documentary, Williams’ widow, Susan, explains to filmmaker Tyler Norwood the devastating impact of the disease on her husband’s brain. She reveals that he was unaware of the battle he was waging against the deadly disease and experienced himself “disintegrating” as nearly every region of his brain came under attack.
Robin Williams is known for his iconic roles in films like “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Good Morning Vietnam,” and Disney’s “Aladdin.” He even won an Oscar for his supporting role as a psychologist in “Good Will Hunting.”
“Robin’s Wish” is currently available for streaming in the UK on demand and digital platforms. The documentary provides a deeper insight into the challenges Williams faced and the impact of Lewy body dementia on his life and career.
In times of difficulty, the Samaritans are available for support, offering a listening ear day or night throughout the year. They can be reached for free at 116 123, or via email at [email protected]. More information can be found on their website, www.samaritans.org. For those in the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1 800 273 8255, and online chat options are also provided.