Sarah Michelle Gellar on Robin Williams: The Father I Had Always Dreamed of Having

By bryant | 3 years ago
Sarah Michelle Gellar on Robin Williams: The Father I Had Always Dreamed of Having
Williams at the 2008 BBC World Debate. Wikimedia Commons/ Steve Jurvetson

For actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, her TV dad Robin Williams was the “Father I had always dreamed of having.”

In an emotional tribute to Williams, who had played her father on the short-lived underrated CBS’s comedy “The Crazy Ones”, Gellar mourned the loss of one of the best actors and comedians in Hollywood.

“My life is a better place because I knew Robin Williams,” Gellar said in a statement that obtained first, “To my children he was Uncle Robin, to everyone he worked with, he was the best boss anyone had ever known, and to me he was not just an inspiration but he was the Father I had always dreamed of having. There are not enough adjectives to describe the light he was, to anyone that ever had the pleasure to meet him. I will miss him everyday, but I know the memory of him will live on. And to his family, I thank them for letting us know him and seeing the joy they brought him. Us crazy ones love you.”

Gellar added: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Before the 63-year-old actor’s death last Aug. 11, Williams and the 37-year-old Gellar played dad and daughter on the “Crazy Ones”.

Right after Williams’s death broke, Gellar tweeted a photo collage of her and Williams. According to Gellar in earlier interviews, the reason she wanted to do the CBS comedy was because of Williams.

“He is a legend,” Gellar told E! Online at the time. “Think about it. Greatest stand-up comedian of all time, Academy Award winner, and nicest man on the planet.”

In the series that ran for one season and got cancelled last May, Williams played a Chicago advertising executive regarded as the ultimate salesman who is working alongside Gellar, who played as his daughter Sydney, who was helping him run the company.

Williams’s death shocked everyone, including his fans and colleagues in and outside the industry. Political figures such as U.S. President Barack Obama and fellow celebs such as Steven Spielberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Miley Cyrus, and John Travolta expressed their condolences on his tragic death.

At age 63, Williams died from an apparent suicide.

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