Actor Will Smith’s family was recently honored by late fellow actor, Robin Williams’ children with an award in his memory. On social media, Smith posted a clip sharing how they received the award.
Will Smith, his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and their children Jaden, Willow, and Trey all recently received the Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter Award. The award was given to them by Robin Williams’ children.
Since August 2014, the date of their father’s death, Robin’s children, Zachary, Zelda, and Cody have honored someone yearly with the award. The initiative is in conjunction with Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit organization that aims to remove the stigma around mental illness.
Robin Williams, center, and his family Zachary Pym, Zelda Rae, Cody Alan, Marsha Garces Williams at the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 16, 2005 | Photo: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal/Getty Images
WHAT THE AWARD WAS GIVEN FOR
In a YouTube video on Will’s account, he shared a clip showing Zachary discussing what traits led to an individual receiving the award. In the video, Robin’s son explained that the Legacy of Laughter Award was given to”
“An individual in entertainment we feel embodies the best sparks of Dad still living and bringing joy.”
TRAITS THE WILLIAMS’S LOOKED FOR
Zachary shared what traits they were looking for, for this year’s winner. He explained that they wanted to honor someone who had built a vast legacy comprising elements like unity, kindness, and love.
Shawn Levy shared how Robin Williams was having a hard time on the set of the movie.
The late actor’s son revealed that the Smiths, as individuals and as a family, encompassed all these traits. He noted how the family has held open discussions on careers, families, and mental health.
WHY THE SMITHS WERE AWARDED
Robin’s son also mentioned how the honorees have also given to charity in various ways. The Smiths have fed the homeless, helped inner-city youth programs, fought AIDS in South Africa, and brought safe water to those in need.
Referencing his father’s voice over work for the genie in 1992’s “Aladdin,” Zachary shared that he was thanking the Smiths from one genie family to another. In 2019, Will also had the pleasure of playing the genie in the remake of the film.
PAYING HOMAGE TO ROBIN
In March 2019, Will took to Instagram again to pay homage to Robin for his role as the genie. Sharing two cartoon representations of the genie, the actor confessed that he had big shoes to fill even though genies didn’t have feet.
Taking to Instagram, Will shared parts of the YouTube clip and wrote: “Robin’s love lives on thru our laughter and memories.” On YouTube and Instagram, the family discussed the award they’d received and accepted it.
ROBIN’S NEW DOCUMENTARY
In honor of Robin, a new documentary, “In Robin's Wish,” was released. The documentary focused on the actor’s final months of life, and “Secret of the Tomb” director Shawn Levy revealed a truth about the late actor.
Levy shared how Robin was having a hard time on the set of the movie. He was struggling with Diffuse Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) for months as the illness caused fluctuations in his mental status, hallucinations, and impairment of his motor functions.