A period of nine years has passed since Robin Williams passed away, which triggered an outpouring of support from Hollywood. Robin’s Wish, a documentary examining the neurological condition the actor was dealing with before he committed suicide in 2014, covered the beloved performer and his final days. In iconic films like Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, and Disney’s Aladdin, Williams played a prominent role. He was a psychologist in Good Will Hunting and received an Oscar for his supporting performance.
It was revealed in the documentary that when the actor was working on the sequel of Night at the Museum, his health was utterly declining. After receiving a false Parkinson’s diagnosis, Susan Schneider Williams stated her husband struggled to find solutions to his health problems before passing away.
Despite the hurdles which were present in his life, he persisted in his career in film, and during the height of his illness, he filmed Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb with Ben Stiller, Rebel Wilson, and Dan Stevens. Williams had no idea that he had Lewy body dementia, a fatal brain disorder that was only discovered after his autopsy.
A 2018 biography of Williams by Dave Itzkoff supports the claim that Williams’ decline started during the production of the third and final Night at the Museum movie.
His make-up artist, Cheri Minns, during the period of the film, stated in The New York Post, how he was, “sobbing in my arms” at the end of the day. His spouse says to filmmaker Tyler Norwood in the new documentary, “My husband had unknowingly been battling a deadly disease. Nearly every region of his brain was under attack – he experienced himself disintegrating.”