Historic Unedited Photos They Don't Want You To See
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Historic Unedited Photos They Don't Want You To See
Just weeks before he took his own life, Williams is seen here smiling with a monkey perched on his shoulder. In his later years, the great comedian struggled with Lewy body dementia.
It’s always a tragedy to see a photo of somebody and realize that it’s the last photo that was ever taken of them. Almost have these photos in our homes of the final images of our loved ones, and we’ve seen the final images of many celebrities over the years leading up to their deaths. One of the final images that was seen of legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams was a lighthearted one upon first glance, especially as he looks so happy, as well as the monkey that’s riding on his shoulder on his 63rd and final birthday in July 2014.
Williams was a big fan of monkeys, especially after having worked with several of them on movie sets as well as visiting them at zoos. Perhaps it was their comedic nature that drew Williams to the animals, with the San Francisco Zoo being one of his favorite destinations. Williams had lived much of his life in the city, and it’s where he got his start in stand-up comedy during the 1970s.
Even after moving to Los Angeles to find fame in Hollywood, Williams would always go back to the area because of how fond he was. After making classic films such as “Aladdin”, “Good Will Hunting”, “Dead Poets Society” and many others, Williams sadly took his own life in August of 2014. He was struggling with an illness known as Lewy body disease that contributes to Parkinson’s, and the toll on Williams’ body was too much for him to bear. Because of his death, many of us remember the fond times where he had entertained us for more than 40 years of being in show business.
There were many photos like this one you see here that have brought joy to Williams’ fans over the years, though this one stands out in particular. You can see just how happy Williams is to spend time with his furry friends. Shortly after his passing, his beloved San Francisco Zoo had named a Howler monkey after the same name as the actor. “He’s been such a friend and zoo supporter,” a zoo spokesman had said, adding that he was “a dedicated conservation spokesperson.”
If the monkey hanging out on Williams’ shoulder looks familiar, that’s because you’ve probably seen it in more than just a few movies. That monkey is a female capuchin named Crystal, who has been in the entertainment business for more than 20 years. An animal furnisher that specializes in obtaining animals for Hollywood sent Crystal to Hollywood to work with animal trainer Tom Gunderson, one of the most prolific trainers in the business. In 1997, Crystal made her film debut by appearing in “George of the Jungle” starring Brendan Fraser.
Since making her debut, Crystal has appeared in more than 30 television shows and movies. This includes multiple appearances on the shows “Community”, as well as two of the films in “The Hangover” trilogy. In 2006, Crystal starred as Dexter in “Night at the Museum”, which not only starred Ben Stiller, but featured the first time that the monkey had worked with Williams. In the movie, Williams played former United States President Theodore Roosevelt. Both Williams and Crystal would reprise their roles for the next two films in the franchise, which included 2014’s “Night at the Museum: The Secret Tomb”, which also happened to be Williams’ final live action film appearance.
Since then, Crystal has been in movies like “Gibby”, “Legends of the Hidden Temple”, “Gibby” and “Total Dhamaal”. Even when they weren’t filming together, Williams was quite fond of Crystal, which included this heartwarming photo. “Happy birthday to me!” Williams said when posting the photograph online. “A visit from one of my favorite leading ladies, Crystal.” Gunderson had said that Williams heard he and Crystal would be around San Francisco and wanted to meet up. “Robin generously made time to see us on his birthday,” he said.
Gunderson added after Williams’ passing that “Robin was incredibly engaging with Crystal on all three movies. It is not often that an actor of his caliber engages an animal like that. He was always a very giving, kind and thoughtful person. He will forever be loved and missed. The world is a dimmer place without him.”
Crystal wasn’t the only famous primate that Williams had been fond of during his career. In the early 2000s, Williams had went to the Gorilla Foundation to meet with perhaps the most famous gorilla, Koko, who was known for being able to learn sign language. The two bonded almost instantly, showing that Williams was indeed passionate about animals.
Koko’s mentor, Dr. Penny Patterson, had said that “Robin’s ability to just ‘hang out’ with Koko, a gorilla, and in minutes become one of her closest friends, was extraordinary and unforgettable. The two even shared a laugh together and even a hug, proving that Williams was hilarious and beloved no matter what species you were. Patterson added that Koko hadn’t smiled in six months prior to meeting Williams and that the effect was mutual. Upon hearing the news of Williams’ death, even Koko had to mourn. “Koko became very somber, with her head bowed and her lip quivering,” her handlers said.
Williams certainly transcended species with his talents and affection, and animals were some of the things he loved most. The Gorilla Foundation pointed this out, saying that the late actor “is also one of the world’s most powerful ambassadors for great ape conservation.” It wasn’t just primates, as Williams also did a lot of work with marine life conservation. It wasn’t until after he had passed that we knew just how involved Williams was with so many animal support organizations, and everyone still misses him several years following his death.
Perhaps if being a famous comedian and actor didn’t work out, Williams would’ve spent his life working in zoos and protecting animals. It seems that either way he would’ve made a lot of people happy, which is what he did for his entire life. The only things he couldn’t do, in his own words; “I don’t do well with snakes and I can’t dance.”