It was a sad week this past week for many people. A comedian and acting genius left us. Yes, Robin Williams checked out and moved on. Williams’ death was an apparent suicide, he had suffered from depression over the years, in addition to substance abuse problems. Apparently, Williams hung himself earlier this week. It left many people worldwide very saddened.
OK, so I can feel it now that many reading this are wondering what this really has to do with the Philippines, since this website focuses on the Philippines and Life in the Philippines.
The Philippine Connection
Did you know that Robin Williams had a Philippine Connection? Yes, it is true, he really did.
Robin Williams was married 3 times, and one of his ex-wives was Filipino. So, for the many people who read this site who are married to Filipinas or Filipinos, this is something we shared with the late, great Robin Williams.
In 1989 Robin Williams married Marsha Garces. The couple was divorced in 2009, so they were married for about 20 years.
Williams and Garces met when Garces was working for Williams as the nanny of his son, Zachary.
During their marriage, Garces worked on a number of Williams’ films, including:
- Mrs. Doubtfire
- Patch Adams
- Jakob the Liar
- Robin Williams Live on Broadway
- Extinction Soup
In fact, Garces won a Golden Globe award for her work on Mrs. Doubtfire, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her work on Live on Broadway. So, she was quite accomplished on the work that she did.
Williams and Garces had two children together, Zelda and Cody. Those children have maintained close ties with their Filipino relatives.
Interview with PDI
Although he was already divorced from Garces at the time, in 2011 Robin Williams did an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer in which he opened up and spoke about his ties to this extended family in the Philippines. In that interview, Williams spoke very lovingly of his ex-Father-in-Law, Leon Pantaleon Garces, who is from Bohol. Williams told the Inquirer that “My ex-Father-in-Law, Leon, was amazing, a great man.”
As part of that same PDI interview, Williams also joked that he had “picked up a Pinoy accent” over the years of his marriage. 🙂
Rest in Peace, Robin Williams. You have many fans worldwide, even in the Philippines.