For many 90s kids, they looked to Robin Williams for friendship. For inspiration. For hope. For basically anything.
He was the blue Genie bestie in Aladdin they relied on, the fearless Peter Pan in Hook who gave them inner strength, and an old granny named Mrs. Doubtfire who could teach ’em how to hip-hop, be-bop, dance til they dropped, and yo, yo, make a wicked cup of cocoa.
For a few lucky kids, they actually had the opportunity to work alongside the late and great actor in what we consider to be the coolest decade ever.
Scott Weinger and Dante Basco were two of those lucky kids we all envied.
Scott (the voice of Aladdin) and Dante (Rufio! Rufio! Ru-fi-oooooohhhhh in 1991’s Hook) took to social media today to pay tribute to the man they idolized just like most of the world did.
Dante made a YouTube video in honor of his late co-star. In it, he narrates while the camera zooms in on a photo of him and Robin in a scene from Hook.
“We pause today due to finding out the horrible news of my dear friend Robin Williams’ passing. I am just one of many actors that you’ve worked with, and you changed our lives,” he narrated. “And I am just one of the millions of people around the world that will forever miss you. Rest in peace, Robin. See you in Neverland.”
He also wrote a more in-depth tribute that can be viewed here.
Earlier today, it was revealed Robin died of suicide by asphyxia due to hanging. The actor, who was found by his personal assistant in his Northern California home on the morning of Aug. 11, had been battling severe depression.
This much is certain: Robin, we ain’t never had — and never will have — a friend like you.