Still Game Boaby pays tribute to tragic pal Robin Williams

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STILL Game star Gavin Mitchell has spoken of his close friendship with Hollywood star Robin Williams describing him as an “amazing man”.

Mitchell, who plays Boaby the Barman in the hit comedy, became friends with the acting legend while the pair filmed ‘Being Human’ in the Scottish Highlands in 1994.

The pair forged a close bond and kept in touch over the years, sending Christmas cards and visiting each other when they could.

Williams who tragically died in 2014 aged 63, was known to have a soft-spot for Scotland and used his impression of the Scottish accent in films and during his stand-up comedy routines.

The Mrs Doubtfire star also appeared in a production of the Taming of the Shrew during the Edinburgh Festival at the outset of his career and regularly visited his friend Billy Connolly at his Scottish home.

Mitchell says he immediately hit it off with the comedy legend whilst working with him in the nineties and the pair kept in close contact up until his death.

Speaking yesterday (TUE) on The Wright Stuff, Mitchell said: “There was a group of about twelve or fourteen of us that came together.

“We had to do improvisation and we had to use a lot of Irish-come-Scots gaelic together and we had just a fortnight of bliss.

“It was real chaos and we all sort of clicked then and we kept in touch. He used to get in touch at Christmas and New Year.

“He came to Scotland a few times to go to Billy Connolly’s who had a place up in Aberdeenshire at the time and whenever I went over there I went to visit him.

“We became good friends and he always kept in touch and i’d get a card. He was lovely, an amazing man.”

Williams starred in a host of classic films such as Dead Poets Society, Awakenings and Flubber.

In 1997, he won an Academy Award for his performance as Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting.

Throughout his career he also won six Golden Globes, two Emmy Awards as well as five Grammy Awards.

His wife Susan believes her husband committed suicide because of the debilitating brain condition Lewy Body Disease, which is the second most common neurodegenerative dementia after Alzheimer’s.

The disease causes heightened levels of anxiety, delusions and impaired movement.

 
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