Robin Williams’ children paid tribute to the late actor on his 72nd birthday.
Over the weekend, the actor’s son Zak, 40, and daughter Zelda, 33 paid tribute to their father on social media.
Williams died by suicide in Northern California in 2014. He was 63 years old.
“Congratulations on the 72nd Dad! I’m remembering how much I used to love the look you gave me,” Zak wrote on Instagram. “The look with that mischievous, adorable smile that your friends and loved ones know so well. Fun and curious and wonderful. Miss you and love you forever.”
The actor will celebrate his 72nd birthday on Friday, July 22, 2023.
Zak’s caption included a photo of his father wearing headphones and smiling in the 1987 war comedy Good morning Vietnam.
Set in 1965 Saigon, this much-loved film stars Williams as a radio DJ for the Armed Forces Radio Service.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, Zelda shared a post suggesting she believes her actor father will support the writers and actors’ ongoing strike.
She shared a snap of Williams joining the fence in New York during the 2007 strike.
In it, Williams can be seen holding a sign that reads “SGA WGA ON Strike” along with other protesters.
“Happy birthday to Poppo who will surely be out there fighting for art and artists today and forever,” Zelda wrote in her caption.
The Mrs. Doubtfire star who had been vocal in support of writers’ rights during the 2007 strike. That year, the WGA took industrial action with the main issue in the negotiations being royalties from DVD sales.
The 2007/08 season strike lasted for 100 days, and nearly 25% of primetime scripted programming during that period was completely lost.
“This is not about millionaire screenwriters. They don’t have to strike. This isn’t about me, I’m fine,” Robbins said Hollywood Reporter at that time. “This is about a large number of people who are simply trying to get their fair share.”
“You want to solve it for their benefit and get people back to work and find a way to share it.”
Zak is the eldest son of Robin and first wife Valerie Velardie, they were married in 1978 and divorced in 1988.
Zelda and brother Cody, 31, are children from his second marriage to Marsha Garces Williams, whom he married in 1989 and divorced in 2010.
In 2011, Williams married Susan Schneider, with whom he remained until his death in 2014.
In 2021, Schneider – a graphic designer – made a documentary titled Robin’s Wish: Genius Wisdom, The Untold Storyfocuses on Williams’ final years and his experience with liquid dementia (LBD), a form of dementia he was diagnosed posthumously after an autopsy of his brain.
Williams’ birthday comes before the 9th anniversary of his death in August.
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