Today we woke up to the news that legendary Hollywood funnyman, Robin Williams, has passed away at the age of 63. While the Oscar and Golden Globe winning actor’s personal problems have been highly publicised over the years, Williams will always be remembered as one of the most unique personalities in Hollywood, both on and off screen.
Having worked with some of the best actors in the business over a remarkable career and taken on some of the most memorable roles in over the past twenty five years, we take a look back at our ten favourite Robin Williams films.
10. Good Morning Vietnam (1987)
Earning him a first Golden Globe win and first Oscar nomination, this was the film that put Williams in the spotlight, with his role as a DJ during the Vietnam who comes to odds with the US Army’s censorship.
9. Jumanji (1995)
The film that made board games cool again (sort of); Williams is in fine form as a man who is released from a world inside a boardgame after decades. It sounds pretty weird when you say it like that, but this is a classic nonetheless.
9. The Birdcage (1996)
A deceptively goofy comedy, The Birdcage sees Williams take on the role of a flamboyant, gay cabaret owner who puts on a heterosexual front, of sorts, in order to meet his very conservative future in-laws. Highly praised by the LGBT community.
7. Death to Smoochy (2002)
A throwback to the black comedies of the late eighties and early nineties, William’s stars opposite Edward Norton as a fired, bitter children’s TV star, who’s jealousy gets the better of him when his replacement becomes a hit.
6. Hook (1991)
Is there anyone more perfect in spirit than Robin Williams to play an adult Peter Pan? A true children’s classic, this is one of Williams’ most iconic and memorable roles.
5. Insomnia (2002)
Showing a very different side of his repertoire, this Christopher Nolan-directed remake of a Norwegian film of the same name sees Williams star alongside Al Pacino and Hilary Swank as a recluse who finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation in an Alaskan town.
4. Dead Poets Society (1989)
So corny that it’s good, what Dead Poets Society lacks in edge, it more than makes up for in quotable-ity. Williams plays an English teacher who inspires his pupils with the power of poetry – oh captain, my captain!
3. Good Will Hunting (1997)
Almost certainly his most acclaimed performance, this is the film that cemented Williams’ legacy as an Oscar winner, in the role of a psychologist who helps a lost soul find his way through that complicated thing called life.
2. Aladdin (1992)
Before the era of Shrek, Toy Story and the like, there was the era many refer to as the Disney Renaissance. No film did more for Disney than Aladdin, at a time where the company was in danger of becoming irrelevant. Williams as a fast-talking blue genie – it just makes sense.
1. Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
Stalwart of the MBC2 schedule, Mrs Doubtfire Beyond the comedy, many would argue that Williams was at his best in the role of a down-on-his-luck, desperate, cross-dressing father – funny, sincere and, dare I say it, moving.