Robin Williams was a great actor and a comic genius. From Mork & Mindy to Night At The Museum, he entertained generations with his quick wit and sparkling humour.
He was a part of so many of my favourite films growing up that I’ve been remembering what I loved about them. Although he undoubtedly starred in plenty of other award-winning movies, these are the ones I’ll never forget.
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Any Disney fan worth their salt knows the fantastic Genie from 1992’s Aladdin. With a show-stealing personality to rival the actor himself, there was nothing more enjoyable as a kid than watching the Genie perform Friend Like Me. Apparently, the character wasn’t even supposed to have that many lines until Williams came along and changed all that.
It goes without saying that Mrs. Doubtfire is probably on everyone’s favourite Robin Williams’ film list. With a storyline so ridiculous it’s fantastic, Williams some how manages to make dressing in drag to be around your own children not creepy. Remember the makeover montage?
It doesn’t matter how old I get, I will NEVER not love Hook. The story of Peter Pan after he grew up and forgot all about Neverland, Robin Williams gets a stark reminder of the importance of childhood in this 1991 classic. Incredibly, he even manages to pull off a believable performance as a grumpy, over-worked, tyrant of a father before learning how to fly.
It starred a young Kirsten Dunst and gave rise to the popular meme “What year is it?”, but that’s not the only reason Jumanji is a great movie. Full of wild animals and dangerous predators, I remember being pretty scared more than once while watching it as a child, and yet it didn’t stop me coming back for more.
This one might surprise some of you, but I still remember the first time I watched Jack. I was in school and for some reason we were watching Robin Williams play a 10-year-old boy who looked 40. The perfect choice to bring such an unusual character to life, I still tear up every time I hear the speech he gives at the end of the movie.