Remembering Robin Williams, North Shore native

In this June 15, 2007 file photo, actor and comedian Robin Williams poses to promote his film, "License To Wed" in Santa Monica, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. | AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File

The North Shore remembers one of their own, Robin Williams. Chicago Sun-Times reports:

As Robin Williams’ widow Susan has requested, I’m going to honor the late, incredibly-gifted comedian and actor by remembering Robin for his amazing life and career — and not by the way he died.

Born at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital (now Rush Medical Center) in Chicago in 1951, Williams’ early years were spent in Lake Bluff and Lake Forest, where he attended Deerpath Junior High. Williams then moved on to the Detroit suburbs, where his father was a senior executive at the Ford Motor Company — and then later San Francisco, where he graduated from high school

Over the years, in interviews for various films he made, Williams occasionally would elude to his Chicago roots, usually — as he did in our chat about “Bicentennial Man” in 1999 — by slipping effortlessly into an authentic “Chicawgah” accent.

Without missing a beat, the actor went into something of a little skit — making rapid-fire references to all things Chicago, including deep dish pizza, Second City, Marshall Field’s, Michigan Avenue and the Water Tower, “as opposed to that temple to shopping that most people think of today when they hear of the Water Tower in Chicago,” said Williams with a wink.

[Read the rest at Chicago Sun-Times]

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