The world lost an amazing artist on Aug. 11, 2014 when Robin Williams died of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. Over the years, Williams has given audiences an endless supply of laughs with his exuberant humor shown through classic characters who pop off the screen thanks to Williams' emotive eyes and incredible improvisational skills.
Here is a look at some of Robin Williams' most memorable characters.
Rainbow Randolph – “Death to Smoochy”
What makes Rainbow Randolph, in the 2002 film “Death to Smoochy,” such a great Robin Williams character is his duality. He is a popular children's show host, but as we come to learn early in the film, he also has a dark side. Williams seamlessly navigates between the outward appearance of a lighthearted role model and the darkness that lies beneath, giving a performance that is superior to the film itself.
Sean Maguire – “Good Will Hunting”
In the 1997 film “Good Will Hunting,” Williams takes on the role of Sean Maguire, a therapist who aims to help the troubled genius Will Hunting to realize his full potential. Williams' performance is vulnerable, charismatic and touching, earning him his first Academy Award. It is one of Williams' most subdued roles, but his sharp humor still shines through the film's serious nature.
Genie – “Aladdin”
The Genie in the 1992 film “Aladdin” may be animated, but he is unmistakably Williams. He is a master of celebrity impressions, a knowledgable guide and a faithful friend to the title character of Aladdin. As the Genie, Williams contributed to the film's popular soundtrack performing the infectious songs “Friend Like Me” and “Prince Ali.”
Mrs. Doubtfire – “Mrs. Doubtfire”
As the character of Mrs. Doubtfire, in the 1993 film of the same name, Williams proved the he really could do anything. Disguised as the loveable old housekeeper, Williams taught a generation a children about the importance of family through hilarious prat falls and witty jokes. “Mrs. Doubtfire” still holds up as a film that the entire family can enjoy to this day.
Mork – “Mork & Mindy”
The role of Mork, the loveable alien who was sent to earth from the planet Ork to observe human behavior, made Williams a star. The character debuted in a 1978 episode of “Happy Days” and was so popular that producers quickly arranged for the spin-off “Mork & Mindy.”
Williams' widespread comedic chops and sincere approach to the role gained him loyal fans. At this early stage of his career, Williams already demonstrated his unique ability to connect with children and adults, something that he would continue to do throughout his over 30 year career.
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