Remembering the late Philhellene actor Robin Williams

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The world lost one of its most beloved actors Robin Williams on August 11, 2014.

Williams was a passionate Philhellene and to mark the day of his death nine years ago, we take a look at what he once said about Greece and it’s people.

In an interview with Greek TV host George Satsidis back in 2011, the Oscar-winning actor and comedian expressed his appreciation for Greece.

“Greek history is something all mankind must, must bow to,” Williams said.

“Maybe your economy goes to hell, but that does not mean you’re helpless. Economic data is constantly changing in Europe and America for all. 

Robin Williams.
Robin Williams. Photo: Sonya Sones/HBO.

“What is not changing is the legacy, your identity. The Parthenon does not leave Athens. It’s there to remind you that progress and prosperity may return.”

Williams also stressed that whilst he’s not interested in Buckingham Palace in the United Kingdom or the Berlin Wall in Germany, he can’t forget Greece’s archaeological sites.

“You can not ignore Delos, the Parthenon and Mycenae!” he concluded.

Williams died in his home in Northern California, the United States, at the age of 63. Williams starred in films such as Good Morning, Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire and Dead Poets Society.

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