I'm sure all film fans were deeply saddened by the recent death of Robin Williams.
In obvious tribute, News outlets and internet sites are broadcasting clips of his finest works, and videos of his performances are naturally trending.
It occurred to me that, whilst I'm aware he is classically trained in his profession, I'm at a loss to discover if his style is something totally unique, or if he is an example of a specific comedy/acting discipline?
Despite his versatility, his physical comedy was obviously his defining characteristic; did he demonstrate a particular style, such as the Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton or even Mr Bean style of physical performance?
Do such styles even exist (likely under different names than those provided) and if so is Robin Williams a scholar of one, or is his style truly as spontaneous as the Media is currently emphasizing?
Either way, what a loss. Even in his most over-sentimental formula films, his ability to create such energy from his physical performances was not to be understated.