Comedic icon Robin Williams died today at 63 years old. And, let’s face it, the man was an absolute legend. He was a wonderfully energetic maniac on-screen and on-stage, and we’ve compiled some of his greatest performances for you below.
Live on Broadway
This has to be, in one man’s opinion, one of the absolute funniest standup specials of all-time. Some of the material is a bit dated, but even if you had the entire thing on mute, you’d probably still be giggling at the way he moved around and contorted his face on stage.
Mork and Mindy
This was the role that really made Williams’ career. His Mork character was so popular on Happy Days, he earned his own show that first introduced the world to his zany sensibilities for four seasons.
Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society
These are the two films that really solidified his chops as a great dramatic actor, playing the role of a kind and unconventional mentor in both. And Good Will Hunting, of course, was the film that finally earned Williams an Academy Award. He was funny as hell, but Williams could be serious when he wanted to be.
Many comedians have attempted the classic cross-dressing comedy, but Williams really sold it in this obvious standout in his career. It’s just a ridiculous, over-the-top movie that’s tons of fun to watch.
Good Morning Vietnam
GOOOOOOOD MORNING, VIETNAM! This movie had obviously serious moments, but a lot of it was just Robin Williams being Robin Williams, and you can’t go wrong there.
The Fisher King
Not a lot of you may have heard of this underrated classic, so check it out when you can. It’s Williams alongside Jeff Bridges in a Terry Gilliam movie. Do I really need to say anything more? The Fisher King gave us a perfect mix of Williams’ comic insanity and his dramatic heft.
You wouldn’t think Robin Williams as Peter Pan could work, but you would be wrong, sir or madam! Watching the original Lost Boy rediscover his childhood makes you think about your own, and Robin Williams fighting Dustin Hoffman has never sounded more epic.
And last but not least, you can’t have a Robin Williams “best of” without his absolutely dynamic performance as the Genie in Aladdin. And he did get one thing right: we really will never have another friend like him.
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