As Patch Adams, Robin Williams warmed hearts across America in the 1998 film as a whimsical, clown-faced doctor who brought joy to children in pain. Williams committed suicide Monday, and a producer of "Patch Adams" — Mike Farrell — stopped by HuffPost Live on Wednesday with fond memories of the actor.
"Robin was an extraordinary man. He and I met many, many years ago. I was a huge fan of his and, like so many people, loved him for the talent and generosity of his extraordinary abilities," Farrell told host Marc Lamont Hill. "I wept when I learned of his death."
Farrell, who starred in the iconic television series "M*A*S*H," came on the show to talk about the growing concern surrounding the death penalty in America. Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the last execution in the United Kingdom, which outlawed the death penalty in 1965.
Farrell also shared his thoughts on "Patch Adams" as a whole, saying the movie did not portray the real Patch Adams accurately. Adams is still alive today, and has said that while he thought Williams played the part well, the plot of the film left out important detail, particularly Adams' political activism.
"Unfortunately the film Patch wanted us to make wasn't the one that ended up being made," Farrell said. "The film itself, though, was a great success and Robin's talents contributed to that tremendously."
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