AUSTIN (KXAN) — The sad news about Robin Williams death is sinking in at a spot along Airport Boulevard where comedy and movies come together.
Coldtowne Theater and I Luv Video sit side by side. Less than two hours after the news broke, the movie store marquee had been changed to read “RIP Robin Williams.”
“He just had that high, almost manic-type of energy and constant quick-wittedness,” said movie store employee Ian Graham.
One of Williams’ early films, Survivors, was playing on the screen behind the counter. Other oldies but goodies were jumping off the shelves.
“Mrs. Doubtfire went immediately,” said Graham.
Next door the musical improv group The Racket! was getting ready to perform.
Member Linzy Beltran works for the Austin Film Festival and said someone got on the intercom Monday afternoon and announced Williams’ was dead. She thought it was a hoax until she checked Twitter.
“I saw that it was already a hashtag and all the major news publications were talking about how he had apparently committed suicide,” said Beltran.
It was a shocking thing to hear about someone so good at making people laugh.
“He’s just so crazy,” said improv group member David Ronn. “He’ll take on any character, he’ll do anything ridiculous and when you don’t know someone you obviously have no idea what’s going on in their life.”
Williams’ work is what fans will remember most.
“Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire is probably one of my favorites and Dead Poet’s Society,” said Beltran.
He was an actor and comedian with his own unique stye who will go down in history as one of the best.