Saskatchewan performers stunned by loss of Robin Williams

Some well-known performers from Saskatchewan are mourning the loss of actor and comedian Robin Williams.

Brent Butt recalled his appearances at B.C. comedy clubs

Some well-known performers from Saskatchewan are mourning the loss of actor and comedian Robin Williams.

The 63-year-old Williams, famed for movies like Good Morning, Vietnam and Aladdin, died in his home in California on Monday.

Reports say he took his own life.

Williams' career did not take him to the province, but he was remembered by Saskatchewan actors with tributes on social media.

"Robin Williams was such a genius," Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, who's from Regina, said on Twitter. "I can't believe he's gone. Depression is serious, let's take care of each other."

Corner Gas star Brent Butt, who's from Tisdale, also tweeted out his reaction as he recalled Williams' appearances at comedy clubs in B.C.

"Just heard about Robin Williams. Stunned," Butt said. "He used to drop in [and] do spots [at] UrbanWell & Punchlines in Vancouver. Big laugher, lots of fun."

Regina's Amy Matysio, one of the stars of Wolfcop, expressed similar sentiments.
"Speechless and truly sad," she said in a tweet. "Absolute genius."

Also tweeting was Saskatoon's Kim Coates, one of the stars of the TV series Sons of Anarchy.

"Just heard the news about Robin Williams. Sad deal. Truly," Coates said. "He was an amazing talent. Love to his family. RIP RW."

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