5 most memorable films of Robin Williams

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 - 1:45pm IST | Agency: dna webdesk

Actor Robin Williams, 63, was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California.

Williams was an actor well known for his versatility, improvisation and the sheer energy he brought to his characters. Known primarily for the genre of comedy, the range of his roles are a testament to his brilliance as an actor, artist and entertainer.

Fans across the world mourned the death of the beloved actor. Several celebrities in Hollywood and Bollywood expressed their condolences on Twitter.

It's difficult to compress the multitude of roles Robin Williams played in his career, but here is a look at five of his most memorable films.

Dead Poet's Society (1989)

The film sees Williams star alongside a young Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles and Robert Sean Leonard. Williams plays an English teacher, John Keating, at a prep school in Vermont. His unorthodox teaching methods prompt his students to live life outside of the many rules in their school.

Williams seamlessly blends wit and drama in this role. The film's popularity is apparent in the frequency with which its dialogues are quoted. From "Carpe Diem!" to "Sucking the marrow out of life doesn't mean choking on the bone"

An iconic scene from the film sees the students of his class stand on their desk in protest as Williams' character is asked to leave the school and recite 'Oh Captain! My Captain!', a line from Walt Whitman's poem. 

Aladdin (1992)

A childhood favourite for many, Robin Williams as the Genie in Aladdin is at his best. The role suited Williams as he brought manic energy to the character doing myriad impressions and allowing him to be his comedic best.

In his first scene in the film where he emerges from the magic lamp, he does multiple impressions in a minute. From TV host Ed Sullivan, to a Scotsman to Jack Nicholson and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

In this comedy, Williams plays a divorced dad who cross-dresses as housekeeper as he tries to save his marriage and spend time with his children. Williams is phenomenal as he switches between his roles as the father and as the housekeeper, going to hilarious lengths to keep the two lives apart.

For the film, he won the Golden Globe Award for the Best Actor. The film is also 67th on the American Film Institute's list of 100 funniest films.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

One of his more serious films, Williams plays no-nonsense therapist Sean Maguire, working to help Matt Damon who plays an unlikely genius working as a janitor at MIT.

The film focuses on their relationship as Williams tries to help Damon's character. One of the most famous scenes from the film is where Williams sits with Damon at a park bench and talks to him about love and life. "You don't know about real loss, because that only occurs when you've loved something more than you love yourself." 

The role won Williams his only Oscar.

Birdcage (1996)

The comedy stars Williams as a gay drag club owner, opposite Nathan Lane, who is the star of his drag show. The film revolves around the couple having to portray themselves as a normal, all-American family as they try to impress the parents of their son's fiancee.

The film was based on the French film La Cage Aux Folles and was a critical and commercial hit, a rarity for a film with a gay character as lead.


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