The world lost a treasure on Monday, as Robin Williams was found dead in his home that morning. The celebrated actor touched countless lives throughout his decades-long career that spanned the genres. No matter what role he played, he brought a thoughtful awareness to each character, and even though we knew it was fiction, we more often than not felt like we could be friends with the people he brought to life.
Although he started as a comedian, Williams went on to touch our hearts in dramas like Awakenings and Good Will Hunting, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He never stopped wanting to make us laugh though, and his last role was his reprisal of Theodore Roosevelt in the third installment of Night at the Museum, out this December.
In honor of Robin Williams' memory, here are 10 of his best on-screen characters.
Dead Poets Society
Skip to the 4:15 mark to hear unconventional English teacher John Keating inspire a bunch of elite prep school seniors with the true beauty of words and poetry.
Remember that time he dressed up as a British nanny to spend more time with his kids and lit his fake rubber boobs on fire while trying to cook dinner? Comedic gold.
Good Morning, Vietnam
Goooooood morning, Vietnam! You just yelled that in your head, didn't you? We loved him as a radio DJ on Armed Forces Radio Service in Saigon during the Vietnam War.
Who doesn't love Genie from Aladdin? Phenomenal cosmic powers -- itty bitty living space! Williams' voice acting was brilliant.
Good Will Hunting
It's not hard to see why this is the role Williams won his Oscar for.
Another great movie from Gen Y's childhood. Williams plays a wild jungle man who got trapped in a terrifying board game as a child and grew up in a wild, fantastical jungle just trying to survive. His culture shock upon making it back to the real world is both wrenching and dear.
Mork and Mindy
Mork from planet Ork was Williams' breakout role. His Happy Days character was so popular, it warranted him a spin-off that lasted four seasons and made him into a household name. Nanu nanu!
It takes a special kind of talent to make us fall in love with a fully grown Peter Pan, but Robin Williams did it.
An underrated one, but his portrayal of a 10-year-old boy in a 40-year-old man's body was spot on. Because if you can't laugh at fart jokes ... you must not be 10. Or a boy.
To hold your own in a creeptastic role against Al Pacino says a lot. Williams' turn as murderous crime novelist Walter Finch is a good reminder that he was an incredibly talented actor in all genres -- not just comedy.
What was your favorite Robin Williams role?
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