In Rare Tribute, Chinese Theater Dims Lights To Honor Robin Williams
HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA,com) — Lights were dimmed Tuesday night at the famous TCL Chinese Theater in honor of Hollywood icon Robin Williams.
KCAL9’s Serene Branson reports from Hollywood Boulevard, where a large crowd of fans and tourists gathered to take photographs and partake in the tribute.
For the eighth time ever, the lights were dimmed for one minute outside the Hollywood theater to remember the Acadamy Award winning actor.
“He was a brilliant entertainer, the gold standard, so immensely talented,” said Alwyn Hight Kushner, president and chief operating officer of TCL Chinese Theaters. “In a town loaded with talent, he was a unique super-talent. Tonight, we say thank you, Robin.”
The famed comedian and actor had at least eight feature films premiered at the theater, including “Popeye,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Good Morning Vietnam,” “Awakenings” and “Bicentennial Man.”
Williams also has his handprints and footprints set in concrete of the courtyard area of the theater from his 1998 movie “Patch Adams.”
The handprints and footprints ceremony is known as Hollywood’s most famous ritual at the theater, providing over 4 million people a year an up-close experience to various celebrities.
According to officials, a preliminary investigation Tuesday revealed that Williams died as a result of asphyxia due to hanging in his Northern California home Monday afternoon.
In wake of actress Lauren Bacall’s death Tuesday afternoon, the tribute was also paid in her respect.