Robin Williams is on the mend, having come through heart surgery March13th in Cleveland, Ohio, where doctors replaced an aortic valve. The location of the Award Winning Comedian/Actor’s surgery had been kept secret until the announcement yesterday by his publicist. However, speculation was quickly pointing to the Cleveland Clinic when it was learned that a team of doctors came out of surgery in more stitches than the patient.
It makes one wonder: How do you operate on someone like the 57 year-old Williams? One can only imagine how Williams was likely cracking jokes until being put under: “OK, Doc, do what you have to with my heart, but let’s get one thing straight: Stay away from the funny bone!” I’m sure the doctors there were the utmost in professionalism and did everything by the book. But I just can’t help but picture doctors trading their favorite “Patch Adams” bits during surgery on Williams. That could be dangerous. Still, I hope they all had big red clown noses when Williams came out of his anesthesia. He’d like that.
Williams is expected to make a full recovery within about eight weeks, then will resume his 80-city tour “Weapons of Self-Destruction” in the fall. Williams says he’s found new material for the tour from his experience, adding, “I’m thinking the next leg of the tour will be `Weapons of Self-Destruction and Reconstruction’!”
I speak for all of us at Grand Rants when I say I wish Williams a speedy and full recovery and offer a special thanks to the doctors who performed the surgery. In these trying times, we desperately need some comic relief and there’s nobody in the business who can do what Williams does, the way he does it:
At 57, Williams hasn’t slowed much, but the operation reminds us that we are all aging and it also reminds me of acts we’ve grown up with who still, somehow, manage to keep us entertained as they age with us. My mouth dropped when I realized the age of some of our favorite performers. Click below to see a list of just some of these performers and how old they have gotten, while we, of course, haven’t aged a bit.
- Roger Daltry of The Who used to sing “I hope I die before I get old.” He didn’t. He’s 65.
- Sir Paul McCartney used to wonder “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?” Uh, Sir Paul is now 66 and we DID still love you at 64. Well, all except Heather, apparently. But there will never be a shortage of ladies who “Wanna Hold Your Hand” even if it’s just to help you get on stage. Why? It’s just their way of thanking you for so many “Yesterdays.” And …
- If John Lennon was still alive, he’d be turning 69 this year. I mention him because so much of his music (as with Sir Paul) is still relevant. 2 years ago, McCartney gave a private performance to invited guests at a record store in Los Angeles. For an encore, he did his tribute song to Lennon called “Here Today.” It finally caught up with Sir Paul and he broke down as he sung, “Remember when we cried…” as it once again hit him of the loss.
- Mike Love of The Beach Boys still sings, “I Get Around” although at age 68, it’s not as often as he used to and it would come as no surprise if he used a Golf Cart to do so. Hard to pick up the chicks, that way, but with 5 marriages under his belt, he’s probably better off just “Looking Back With Love.”
- Sir Anthony Hopkins may be 71, but still one of our greatest living actors. One thing is for sure: I will never liver with fava beans or look at a glass of nice chianti the same way again.
- Tom Jones who, at 68, still sings “What’s New, Pussycat?” Uh, not you, Tom. The ladies still love him in concert, but it’s just not the same. Where they used to throw their panties at him on stage, now it’s mostly Depends.
- Kenny Rogers, at 70, still knows when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em. He should know. He’s been “in the game” for 50 years now. Though he is frequently kidded about his face lift of a few years ago, he still draws standing room only audiences.
- Jack Nicholsonhas probably never been more popular than he is at this point in his career. At 71, he’s still a ladykiller, but with the life he’s lived, one would think he’s got to be making out his Bucket List.
- Shirley Maclaine is probably the closest you can come to a female Jack Nicholson. And they fit together nicely in 1983’s Terms of Endearment. A big believer in reincarnation, she’s 74 this time around.
- Steve Martin is 63. He’s been funny almost that long. How many of us still say, “Well, Excuuuuse Me!” What? I’m the onlyone? Well, Excuuuuuuuuse Me!”
You get the idea… try looking up some of your own favorites, and see if you aren’t surprised at how time is marching on for all of them… but not us, right?