The late, great Robin Williams shined in most roles he took on. The Oscar winner could seamlessly move from comedy to drama. In the 1996 ‘ La Cage aux Folles’ remake, ‘The Birdcage,’ he won over many local fans as Armand Goldman, the owner of a South Beach drag club whose son wants to impress his fiancee’s conservative parents.
The Carlyle Hotel, located on Ocean Drive and 13th Street, was the setting for Williams’ character’s home that he shared with his partner, draq queen Albert (Nathan Lane), as well as the site of the flashy club. The two men also filmed in other spots around town and at the beach.
Mourners gathered at the Carlyle Monday night, after learning of Williams’ apparent suicide.”Many times, I mean every night, we get the question, ‘Is this where they filmed ‘The Birdcage?’ and of course it is,” manager Damian Besil told WSVN.
Williams had other ties to the area. In March 2009, while on tour for his one-man show, “Weapons of Self-Destruction,” he was hospitalized at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine after complaining of shortness of breath. Roughly a week later, Williams underwent surgery for an aortic valve replacement in Ohio.