It’s always a sad and tragic time when someones life ends too soon. Whether it’s by their own hand or otherwise. There have been a lot of talented individuals who have left us too soon; Amy Winehouse, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Heath Ledger, James Gandolfini to name but a few in recent history.
Robin Williams is a tragic addition to this list. He made us laugh with his comedy, but he also made us cry with his acting. Earning an Oscar for his supporting performance in Good Will Hunting, this goes to show what a talent the comedian was in such a serious role. Earning the respect of actors and comedians alike, even after shooting to fame, he carried on with his stand up routines, to the point of being called the funniest man alive and also telling jokes on speakerphone to the cast and crew of Schindler’s List just to cheer them up at the request of Steven Spielberg. There are a lot of performances that I hope will be remembered forever. Not only for his performance in Good Will Hunting but also his time as Genie in Aladdin, when he was yelling in Good Morning Vietnam, being an alien in TV show Mork and Mindy, teaching in Dead Poets Society and crossing-dressing in Mrs. Doubtfire. These and countless other acting performances and stand-up routines mean he is well cemented in Hollywood’s history.
The Academy simply summed up his passing with 3 beautiful words: “Genie, you’re free.”
Because Robin Williams ad-libbed so many of his lines, the script was turned down for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award nomination.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
The scene where Sean and Will are in his office, and Sean starts talking about his dead wife and her farting antics. These lines were ad-libbed by Robin Williams, which is probably why Matt Damon is laughing so hard.
Robin Williams decided to test out the believability of his Mrs. Doubtfire character during filming by going, as Mrs. Doubtfire, into an adult book store and making a purchase. He was able to do so without being recognized.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
What attracted Robin Williams to the role of John Keating more then anything else was that John Keating was the type of teacher he in his school days always wished he had.
Robin Williams was filming this movie at the same exact time he was filming a small supporting performance in Chris Columbus’s movie Nine Months (1995).
And to end, here is a wonderful montage of his films, a fantastic video which all fans should watch.