How 5 Companies Paid Tribute To Robin Williams
Following the sudden death of actor and comedian Robin Williams on August 11, several companies have found ways to remember and pay tribute to the comic force of nature.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL)
The company has a tradition of remembering recently deceased world figures, artists and members of the Apple family. Apple has dedicated a special featured iTunes section called “Remembering Robin Williams” with a collection of his best work, ranging from classic comedy routines to movies.
Apple had worked with Williams, 63, before, recently using a monologue from the movie Dead Poets Society, in which he played English teacher John Keating, as a basis for the ongoing "Your Verse" iPad ad campaign.
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The front page of the Apple website is also featured a black and white photo of Williams, his birth and death dates and saying simply, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Robin Williams. He inspired us through his passion, his generosity, and the gift of laughter. He will be greatly missed.”
Disney (NYSE: DIS)
Disney is remembering Williams, as his work with the company produced one of his best performances, Aladdin. Disney CEO Robert Iger said that he was an incredible actor and comedic genius, a true Disney legend and member of the family.
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Reelz Channel aired two television specials honoring the life and work of Williams on Friday.
"Robin Williams Remembered" celebrated the life and legacy of the actor and comedian, with a look back at his stand-up comedy career that spanned nearly four decades, his work with Comic Relief and countless other charities throughout the years.
Robin Williams ScreenLife touched on Williams' on-screen career, from his early days as the alien Mork, to the Oscar-nominated performance in Good Morning, Vietnam and his Oscar-winning performance in Good Will Hunting.
GameZone has a tribute to Williams on its website, which includes clips and photos from some of his great works. The company stated that he had a special relationship with gamers, having made a commercial for Nintendo and even naming his daughter Zelda.
GameZone illustrated some of the many ways Williams contributed with one-liners under pictures from his films, such as:
- “He helped us learn the importance of eating spinach. - Popeye, 1980”
- “He made everyone wish they had a nanny like him. - Mrs. Doubtfire, 1993”
- “He helped us realize not everything is our fault. - Good Will Hunting, 1997”
ABC News' 20/20 celebrated the life of Robin Williams with a special broadcast on August 12.
The broadcast aimed to update viewers with the latest news on his untimely death, as well as celebrating the many faces and voices that entertained millions.
It was anchored by David Muir, with reporting from Juju Chang and Chris Connelly. It also featured Barbara Walters, who interviewed him many times over the years.
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