On August 11, 2014, Robin Williams passed away. Robin was and still is one of the most well-respected comics in Hollywood and his movies have grossed hundreds of millions of dollars. More than the money his movies have grossed, his legendary roles and monologues have left a lasting impression in Hollywood and in our hearts. Wearable Imaging, along with Time Magazine, bring you the top 5 most memorable Robin Williams roles in his career.
1. Mork in Mork & Mindy
Mork was the alien who was sent from the planet Ork and came to Earth in a small, one-man spaceship to observe human behavior. The show was aired for four years and showed the world just how funny Robin Williams really is. Williams’ wackiness, dedication to the role and drive to make people laugh launched Williams’ acting career.
2. Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire in Mrs. Doubtfire
In the movie, Robin played a family man willing to go to any length to be with his wife and kids. This included disguising himself as a nanny, hoping to win back his wife from Pierce Brosnan’s role. His role as Mrs. Doubtfire simply cemented America’s love for the actor. In fact, a sequel was to be released in 2015.
3. John Keating in Dead Poets Society
Williams played a fun-loving professor of poetry whose career landed him a job at a boarding school. He challenged and inspired students through his different teaching methods. The proof his role was powerful came in the last scene when the students stood on their desks to declare their love for professor Keating. There was not a dry eye in the room.
4. Genie in Aladdin
Voice acting is one of the most common roles for actors in this day in age. Williams’ role as Genie in Aladdin set the bar extremely high for actors to follow. His role as Genie was fun for both kids and parents alike.
5. Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting
After a few hit and miss comedy roles, Williams found his way to Good Will Hunting. He excelled as a therapist whose task was to help a young math prodigy overcome anger and work towards a healthy relationship with a woman as well as the world. The movie revealed a lot not only about each character but each person playing the character. The role Williams played was a gateway to a career filled with more serious roles as well as a catalyst in launching Matt Damon’s early career.
” You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” – Robin Williams as Sean, Good Will Hunting
*Information from Time Magazine (time.com)