Mexico's iconic television comedian Roberto Gómez Bolaños, who enchanted generations of Latin American children by playing an orphan who lived in a barrel and a goofy superhero, died on Friday. He was 85.
Robin Williams, the Juilliard-trained actor and uncontainably exhibitionist comic who became one of the most dazzling all-around talents in show business, winning an Academy Award for a dramatic role in "Good Will Hunting" and an Emmy for his stand-up work, was found dead Monday at his home in Tiburon, Calif. He was 63.
Ever since bursting into the public consciousness as the manic, rainbow-suspender-wearing TV alien in the sitcom "Mork & Mindy," he seemed to be permanently toggling between two points on the emotional dial: wild, hyperkinetic looniness or unabashed sincerity.