The world mourns Robin Williams, beloved actor and comedian, who passed away on August 11th at the age of 63. Truly a talented and gifted soul, Robin Williams was also a renowned entertainer, philanthropist, and father of three.
Williams was known for transforming what at first seemed simple characters into dynamic, multi-dimensional individuals that would steal our hearts and bring smiles (and tears) to our faces. His impact on entertainment will undoubtedly influence storytellers and movie-goers alike in their understanding of comedy.
The actor began his career as a stand-up comedian. While his first roles on the big screen were strictly in comedy, he eventually branched out into drama and gained acclaim with The World According to Garp, Moscow on the Hudson, Jumanji, Good Morning Vietnam, Night at the Museum, Death to Smoochy and many other films.
Robin Williams leaves behind a legacy of unforgettable and timeless films that are bound to entertain generations to come.
Here are five of his most memorable roles:
Mork in Mork & Mindy
Sent from the planet Ork, the alien Mork came to Earth in a small spaceship to observe human behavior. Mork introduced the American audience to the unique quirkiness of Robin Williams. Williams’ dedication to the character made viewers realize that Robin Williams was an actor, and not just a comedian.
Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire in Mrs. Doubtfire
Robin Williams played a character willing to go to any lengths to be with his family – even masquerading as a buxom nanny in the hopes of winning back his wife’s affections.
John Keating in Dead Poets Society
Robin Williams played a fun-loving poetry professor who came to a stuffy boarding school, then challenged and inspired his students through his outside-the-box teaching methods.
Genie in Aladdin
While it’s pretty common for established actors to do voice-overs nowadays, Robin Williams really set the bar high with his boisterous character, Genie.
Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting
Robin Williams shined as a therapist tasked with helping a young math prodigy overcome his anger.
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