10 most memorable leading roles by Robin Williams

Posted by August 12, 2014 - Film, Pop Culture
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A legendary comedy genius, Robin Williams, was found dead this morning in his home.  There is no question that he was a special kind of comedy king, with a career over 35-years. All of Hollywood is mourning over the loss of a star who had the capability to provoke tears of laughter and sadness all at once. We bring you 10 of his most decisive leading roles to capture the memory of this great actor.

1. Good Morning, Vietnam, 1987

Director: Barry Levinson

Robin Williams starred as a radio DJ who was sent to Vietnam to entertain US troops. He won a Golden Globe for his role.

2. Dead Poets Society, 1989

Director: Peter Weir

Robin played an English teacher John Keating, who was a true inspiration for his students to love poetry, follow their hearts, and to seize the day  -  famous quote “Carpe Diem”!

3. Awakenings, 1990

Director: Penny Marshall

In Awakenings, he played a doctor who has spent years in research, and it was called his best ‘non-comedic’ performance.

 4. The Fisher King, 1991

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

His role was excellent, playing the character of a homeless man named Parry in a tale of redemption in the hard-time town of New York City.

5. Aladdin, 1992


His dizzying and hilarious voicing of the Genie was all over the animated Disney favourite, Aladdin. Even the Academy tweeted just hours ago, “Genie, you’re free.”

6. Mrs. Doubtfire, 1993

Director: Chris Columbus

A classic we will always remember. Robin Williams played a father who was so desperate to spend time with his children after a messy divorce that he dresses up as an elderly housekeeper named Mrs Doubtfire.

7. Good Will Hunting, 1997

Director: Gus Van Sant

This was an Oscar winning role for Robin, as the therapist in the drama Good Will Hunting, also starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

8.  What Dreams May Come, 1998

Director: Vincent Ward

This film  juggles the horrors of a tormented mind with the ecstatic joys of art and life, very much like Williams’ life and career.

9. Patch Adams, 1998

Director: Tom Shadyac

Robin Williams also starred in this comedy/drama film based on the life story of Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams and the book Gesundheit: Good Health is a Laughing Matter.

10. August Rush, 2007

Director: Kirsten Sheridan

Williams played in this drama with many fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a way to finding his birth parents…

Robin Williams, R.I.P.