Hugh Jackman shared a touching Throwback Thursday image via Instagram on Thursday, Aug. 14, remembering the late Robin Williams and their time together at the 2011 Tony Awards.
Jackman, who was one of the first to respond to the tragic news on Monday, Aug. 11, that the beloved comic actor had been found dead in his Los Angeles home, made it clear that his good friend Williams remained in his thoughts as he shared the snap of the pair of them backstage at the awards ceremony three years ago.
The photo showed a bearded Williams, eyes nearly closed with a friendly smile, beside a grinning Jackman, both men in black tie, backstage at the New York event which celebrates achievement in Broadway productions.
"#TBT ...Remembering laughing with Robin backstage at the #tonyawards in 2011. Robin Williams - you made us laugh til we cried. Rest in peace, mate," Jackman captioned the snap.
Williams and Jackman became friends when the two actors voiced penguins Memphis and Ramon in the animated movie Happy Feet.
As news of the Mrs. Doubtfire actor Williams' sad death broke on Monday, Jackman paid his respects to his former costar via Twitter. "Robin Williams ...true gentleman, acting great, comedic, legend genius," he wrote.
Williams, whose death from apparent suicide has shaken the entertainment world, was not only battling depression and anxiety, but also the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, his wife Susan Schneider revealed in a second statement, also on Thursday.
“Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety, as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” she wrote.