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Remembering Robin Williams: A Tribute to His Most Memorable Movies

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Those who grew up on Robin Williams’ movies couldn’t help but smile when his name was mentioned. Williams’ electrifying performances have become true classics of the silver screen, spanning multiple generations. With his passing in August of 2014, it is time to remember one of the greatest comedians of our time by reflecting on some of his most memorable movies.

Early Work 

The hilarious movie roles that made Robin Williams a household name started back in the late 70s. His iconic performance in the alien comedy, “Mork and Mindy” solidified him as an actor with a special comedy talent. His first major film role was in Popeye (1980) which blended Williams’ renowned improvisation skills with his classic characters.

Popular Movies 

During the 80s and 90s, Williams starred in some of the most successful and beloved movies of all time. His irreverent stand-up style was featured in a wide range of comedies. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) earned him critical acclaim and recognition as a comedic actor. The TV-host turned movie star delighted audiences with his portrayal of an actor in drag. In Jumanji (1995), Williams showcased his acting ability when he dove into the adventure role of a father trying to restore the life of his family.

The Voice of Genie 

One of the most recognizable performances of Williams’ career was as the voice of Genie in Disney classic Aladdin (1992). With its classic lines, the Genie in this film is still remembered fondly today. Beyond the humor, Williams’ brought a unique flavor to the role. His improvisation skills lent an energy to the character’s dialogue that was hard to match.

A More Serious Side 

Although Robin Williams was best known as a comic actor, he also had a serious side that he showed through some of his major movie roles. He won an Oscar for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997) as a psychologist to a troubled math prodigy. In Dead Poets Society (1989) he played an English teacher who encouraged his students to think outside of the box. Williams also dabbled in the world of horror in the unforgettable film, Insomnia (2002).

Thoughtful and Endearing Roles 

Some of Williams’ most endearing roles were thoughtful studies into the human condition. In What Dreams May Come (1998) he played a man who navigates between heaven and hell to find his soul mate. In Jakob the Liar (1999), he modeled a Jewish man who uplifts his fellow Jewish prisoners during the Holocaust by telling them stories of hope. Finally, he was praised for his performance in The Birdcage (1996) as a gay man living in 1960s Miami.

A Comic Legend 

Robin Williams was a master at making people laugh. His improv skills were unparalleled, and his ability to use language as a tool was truly remarkable. His various characters brought life and laughter to any movie he was in and earned him a special place in the hearts of generations of comedy fans. Off the big screen, he will remembered as a kind, generous, and dedicated person to causes that he believed in.

There are few actors that can make us laugh, cry, and think all at the same time. Robin Williams managed to achieve all three with his creativity, passion, and dedication to his craft. Even though he is gone, his movies will never be forgotten. So, sit back and remember the many memorable movies of Robin Williams.

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

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