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

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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what no the world according to Garp that was a pretty god movie
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Oh...THAT scene from Patch Adams. That speech. With Philip Seymour Hoffman looking on and smiling. Goosebumps and tears!
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One of my favorite movies of his is Bicentennial Man.
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What dreams may come &3
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I love that movie.
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He had a lot of great movies. The one I love is TOYS. It may not have been his biggest hits. But I always enjoyed it.
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My favorite Robin Williams movie is "The world according to Garp"
It is a great drama comedy with a sad ending where the hero (Robin Williams character dies)
It always made me sad and I know I will be even more sader since I know the acter is dead as well.May he rest in peace
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When I was a kid I would watch his movies all the time. I heavily enjoyed his comedic roles the most such as his performance as the Genie in Aladdin or as Mrs. Doubtfire.
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Death To Smoochy!!!!!

Come on that role is amazing! I love that film and some of his other Dark Comedies.
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My favourite movie is What Dreams May Come.
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Rip
we loose a great actor
Making opening news worldwide
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I loved his guest appearance in Wilfred's second season premier. God I'm gonna be binging a lot of his movies this weekend!
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"World's Greatest Dad" is hardly ever mentioned, but its some of his top work in a brilliant career.

Like most my age, his performance as Genie in "Aladdin" was my first Robin Williams experience. What a ride.
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Patch Adams is my favorite...
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Mrs. Doubtfire, The Genie, & Peter Banning were my favorite performances of Williams. He will surely be missed though or all the quality work that he provides.
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i feel sad not because he died , eventually we all have to end our journey here at some point, i am deeply in pain because he was such a delight to watch, he was like charlie chaplin for my era, its the way he left us is so painful and awful.

i am worried wat if i am depress and people around me expect me to make them laugh and they never suspect that i am in need of help :(

u will be remembered always, dear Robin williams!!
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One of my favorite roles of his is Jack Powell.

Probably his most memorable one is Mrs. Doubtfire, imo.
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Not to forget the "I have a dreamhouse" speech from Toys.

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Toys was a weird film. Not "bad" weird but just a surreal weird.

Sometimes I enjoy the heck out of it, sometimes I feel "meh"


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Besides the ones above, which are definitely at the top of my list, I liked him in the following even though they probably didn't do well

Bicentennial Man
Considering the subject matter, he actually played it fairly mellow. In fact ANOTHER robot started acting like his manic self in which case he went off-camera to beat it with a wrench to shut it up. Not a bad flick if you're into that subject matter.

What Dreams May Come
Not a bad film. It wasn't his greatest drama / mellow film but it was still decent.

The Crazy Ones
Don't get me wrong, I wasn't a MAJOR fan of the show but I liked it well enough. I preferred Trophy Wife by-far, but this was alright. It was a shame it was cancelled and I HOPE that fact didn't play a role in his suicide (if that's what it was).

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I can't tell which one is my favorite, I obviously didn't watched all his work but he was very good in all the movies I watched. Very credible and talented.
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RIP Oh Captain, my Captain
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His fearful trip is done
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I love his stand up comedy in Broadway. I watched it repeatedly on youtube. Its effing funny.
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Such a tragic loss, I'm heartbroken. I was still a kid [who had watched so many times Hook and Mrs. Doubtfire] whenI watched him in The Fisher King. I was completely blown away by his performance. To this day, Good Will Hunting still is one of my favorite movies of all time, and Robin Williams is the reason why.
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I got a little misty eyed when I heard the news. I grew up watching Robin William's work, like the Ginie from Aladdin or Batty from Ferngully, and as I grew older I got into some of his more adult films as well. Even films that He's been in that I didn't really like I still thought he gave a great performance.
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No Bicentennial Man?... i love that movie.

Oh Mr. Williams.. this is sooooo sad. :'(
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The first season of Mork and Mindy was brilliant, but the show declined rather quickly once the shock of originality wore off.

I thought Popeye was better than it got credit for, and I loved World According to Garp.
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I stand on my desk and salute you, O captain my captain.
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I've never watched Bicentennial Man without crying my balls out.
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I can't even remember how many times me and my little brother rented 'Jack'. We absolutely loved that movie... Also Mrs Doubtfire and Hook were all time favorites.
The comedy world has lost one of it's best..
RIP Robin, my childhood hero
all the strenght to his family
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I think one of my favourite Robin Williams roles was as Batty from FernGully: The Last Rainforest. Go see it if you haven't, he has a song and its kinda dark for a kids movie but its a good movie, i still sing the songs from seeing it years ago, it was released in 1992.
Just a quote but I love it!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FirqJx3isyU
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His stand up and interviews were far and above his best work, he was the king of improvisation (Elmer Fudd singing Bruce Springsteen and his Mr Happy bit were so much a part of my formative years). My favourite movie role of his was World According to Garp which many people seem to have forgotten. RIP Robin I for one will truly miss you.
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He was stunning in Hook and Mrs. Doubtfire. RIP Sir.
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His HBO Broadway Special is my favorite for any stand up act. Also his roles in Insomnia and One Hour Photo....chills.
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Happy feet. His character was just so funny


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all of the above but haven't seen fisher king.
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If they have not already, the next time someone does one of those Funniest Moments in TV specials, they should include Mork getting drunk on ginger ale from an episode of Mork & Mindy. I've not seen it in quite some time, maybe since it was first on, believe it or not, but I remember that being really fun and funny and has stuck with me since. I believe he incorporated the Wicked Witch's, "I'm melting..." into it all It's improvisation you do not really see anymore - if we ever did - with shows being so tightly scripted today.

Sorry, I don't currently know what that episode was or have a clip, so if anyone knows, feel free to share.


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The name of the episode that Mork gets drunk on Ginger Ale is called ''Mork Moves In'' from season one.I'm including the entire episode down below if anyone is interested in viewing it.
Also including just the clip of Mork drinking Ginger Ale for those that just want to see that specific scene.

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Thank you for that! It pretty much still holds up.
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You're welcome.And I agree,his comedic talent back then is still funny today.
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Hook... one of my all-time favorite movies. Best Peter Pan ever. Watching will never be the same.
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When I heard I just couldn't believe it. The first ever movie I watched with him in it was Aladdin, Robin was always indiscisable, I always new his voice and his way of speach it's so distinctive as was his way of acting, he'll be missed and remembered.
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I know he was a brilliant dramatic actor and a genius stand-up comedian but he will always be Mork to me.He absolutely shined,was extremely creative and gut-wrenching hilarious when he played Mork from Ork!

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Wanted to share some Mork and Mindy bloopers and how brilliant Robin was with his improvisation when he or someone messed up their lines.

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