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Godspeed, Robin Williams

Tyler Nixon with Robin Williams on Dead Poets Society Film Location December 1988

Godspeed, Robin Williams

In late 1988 while a senior at Archmere Academy I was a “day player” in Dead Poets Society, able to work with Robin Williams. We filmed over a couple of weeks during winter break at St. Andrews School in Middletown, Delaware, and at a soundstage built in an East Wilmington warehouse.

Robin was a shy man, one-on-one, but add a couple of people and suddenly he had an audience, and was immediately transformed. A huge audience was his oyster. Robin’s constant mini-skits, riffs and jokes off-camera were even funnier than his bits in the movie. A very unassuming, humble, kind man…and of course, funny funny funny.

Rest in peace, Robin.

On the set with Robin Williams filming Dead Poets Society @ St. Andrews School, Middletown, Delaware. December 1988.

On the set with Robin Williams filming Dead Poets Society @ St. Andrews School, Middletown, Delaware. December 1988.

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Tyler Nixon

Written by Tyler Nixon

Tyler Nixon is a native Delawarean, attorney, activist and advocate who grew up in Wilmington, educated at Tower Hill School and Archmere Academy (’89). Awarded a B.A. in Government and Philosophy at Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences in Washington, D.C. , Tyler went on to law school at the University of Virginia and eventually became a member of both the State Bar of California and the Delaware Bar.