Remembering Robin Williams: The Actor and Comedian's Best Roles

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Emmy- and Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams died on Monday of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. Having risen to fame in the 1970s playing the alien Mork from the planet Ork on Mork & Mindy, Williams will always be remembered as a boisterous and unfiltered comedian, but it's his big-screen work that stands out on his impressive and lengthy resume.

Williams' work in feature films ranged from roles in well-mannered family comedies, like the Genie in Aladdin and a grown-up Peter Pan in Hook, to complex parts like that of the slightly unbalanced Parry in The Fisher King. And although the actor was particularly well-known for his seemingly endless impressions and voices, dramatic roles were where he truly shined. Williams' understated and controlled presence in classics like Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting (the latter of which won him an Oscar in 1997) ultimately constituted some of his best work. 

We've gathered some of his finest and most memorable performances below.


Mork, Mork & Mindy (1978-1982)



Adrian Cronauer, Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)



John Keating, Dead Poets Society (1989)



Parry, The Fisher King (1991)



Peter Banning/Peter Pan, Hook, (1991)



Genie, Aladdin (1992)



Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire, Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)



Alan Parrish, Jumanji (1995)



Armand Goldman, The Birdcage (1996)



Jack Powell, Jack (1996)



Sean Maguire, Good Will Hunting (1997)



Patch Adams, Patch Adams (1998)



What are your favorite Robin Williams performances?

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