MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – One of the roles Robin Williams was most loved for was in the movie “The Birdcage,” where he played the part of a club owner on Miami Beach.
Williams will forever be linked to South Florida for that role, especially so to the South Beach hotel The Carlyle where many of the movie’s scenes were filmed.
A portrait of the character played by Williams hangs in window of the hotel.
“Last night, I fell asleep watching “The Birdcage.” Right here, right here,” fan Marco Graziani said pointing at the hotel. “It was amazing.”
Visitors along Ocean Drive Tuesday mourned the actor’s death, which authorities ruled a suicide by hanging.
Williams’s rep confirmed the actor had been battling with severe depression.
“I feel so bad for the guy. He was an amazing person,” said Antonio Paladino. “He gave a lot of joy to a lot of people.”
“I think it was sad,” said Ronald Williams. “As a child growing up, I watched a lot of his movies and I wouldn’t think that he would commit suicide.”
From “Good Morning Vietnam” to “Mrs. Doubtfire,” answers varied when CBS4’s Lauren Pastrana asked people walking along South Beach their favorite Williams’s movie.
“I think it’s really upsetting. He was a really good guy. Funny. I really enjoyed his movies,” said Karen Dubois.
With more than three decades of success on the big screen under his belt, Williams returned to television as the star of CBS’s “The Crazy Ones” last year. The show was canceled just a few months ago.
Williams still has several projects in post-production so fans of Williams will have more opportunities to treasure his talents despite his passing.
“You gotta love the dude. He was a beautiful soul, you know,” said Graziani.