Oscar Winning Alien/Psychologist Genie Robin Williams Dead At 63

Oh Captain! My Captain!

RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, left upper desk, first met Robin Williams, right foreground, as an extra on the set of Dead Poet’s Society. DiMaio was later asked to leave after repeated failed attempts to get director Peter Weir to use the phrase “Git-R-Done!” instead of what would become the iconic “Carpe diem.” DiMaio would later trade the phrase to Daniel Lawrence Whitney for a pulled pork sandwich.

Tiburon, CA—Funny man Robin Williams was found dead at his home Monday. He was 63.

He won an Oscar for best supporting actor his dramatic turn in “Good Will Hunting” in 1997. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his roles in “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Dead Poets Society.”

He also appeared in huge mega-hit films like “Aladdin,” “The Birdcage,” “RECOiL” and “Night at the Museum.”

The former star of “Happy Days” spin-off “Mork & Mindy,” Williams also appeared on the Broadway stage and won two Emmyy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. He also teamed up with fellow comics Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg to found Comic Relief to help the nation’s homeless, and went on numerous overseas USO tours.

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TDQ Investigates: What Happened To The Story-Telling Peddler At The Beginning Of “Aladdin?”

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Flyers have been put up around Agrabah city. The Daily Quarterly vows to get to the bottom of this mystery. Or, at least, scratch the surface very deeply.

Of the several, nay, dozens of glaring plot issues we have with the Disney “classic” “Aladdin,” the one that we still lose sleep over to this very day is the unanswered question we have about the peddler who introduces the story at the beginning of the flick. They never revisit him at the end! He starts the story, but disappears by the time the credits roll. What the heck happened to him?

He was a rather important character, wasn’t he? At least at the beginning of the movie anyway. He started the whole film! That’s not an important enough gig to warrant a re-visit at the end of the movie? If it was a time issue, and Disney was all of a sudden worried about running long, they surely could have cut one of the dozens of grown-up Hollywood star impressions that Robin Williams did the entire movie that completely sailed over the heads of anybody under 12 in the theater.
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