Robin Williams (1951 – 2014)

Following shock news headlines at the beginning of the week that one of our most cherished film actors, Robin Williams, died at the age of 63, I wanted to pay tribute and take a look back at a few of the films I grew up watching, featuring a few of his most famous film roles.

To start, Robin was famously known for playing the part of the Genie in Aladdin, and I never thought about it initially at first until I looked at the Genie a second time that I could actually see Robin Williams in this character. Just by looking at the Genie in Aladdin and Robin Williams, I was shocked of how alike the Genie and Robin Williams were when someone on the internet compared 6-9 different films that Robin Williams was featured in.

When I watched Aladdin the first time, I actually had no idea myself that Robin Williams played the Genie until I did some research on the internet.

When it came to watching Mrs. Doubtfire, this had to be one of the best films Robin Williams ever did, as there are two specific elements of the film that even I still picture to this day that were classical, but also absolutely funny.

The first element of the film was when Mrs. Doubtfire waved hello to someone who saw her looking outside her window, then, just after the person’s back was turned, she stuck her middle finger up at the person, and then went back around the house. The second element however, which was also another classical element of this film was when Mrs. Doubtfire accidentally set fire to the fake bosoms that were made. Now I know Robin Williams’ character, Daniel Hillard, was Mrs. Doubtfire, but these two elements of the film had to be the two best moments that highlighted just how funny this film was.

Here are all of the famous film roles that Robin Williams was featured in, including the final film that was finished just months before his death:

  1. Patch Adams
  2. Jumanji
  3. Flubber
  4. Aladdin
  5. Hook
  6. Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses?
  7. Popeye
  8. Mrs. Doubtfire
  9. Moscow on the Hudson
  10. The World According to Garp
  11. Club Paradise
  12. The Survivors
  13. Seize the Day
  14. The Best of Times
  15. Good Morning, Vietnam
  16. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  17. Portrait of a White Marriage
  18. Rabbit Ears: Pecos Bill
  19. Back to Neverland
  20. Dead Poets Society
  21. I’m from Hollywood
  22. Cadillac Man
  23. Awakenings
  24. Dead Again
  25. The Fisher King
  26. Rabbit Ears: The Fool and the Flying Ship
  27. Toys
  28. The Timekeeper
  29. FernGully: The Last Rainforest
  30. Being Human
  31. In Search of Dr. Seuss
  32. To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
  33. Shakes the Clown
  34. Aladdin and the King of Thieves
  35. Hamlet
  36. The Birdcage
  37. Jack
  38. The Secret Agent
  39. Nine Months
  40. Good Will Hunting
  41. Deconstructing Harry
  42. Fathers’ Day
  43. Junket Whores
  44. Bicentennial Man
  45. Jakob the Liar
  46. Get Bruce
  47. A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  48. What Dreams May Come
  49. Insomnia
  50. The Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch
  51. Death to Smoochy
  52. Robots
  53. One Hour Photo
  54. The Final Cut
  55. The Big White
  56. The Aristocrats
  57. House of D
  58. Noel
  59. Night at the Museum
  60. Man of the Year
  61. RV
  62. The Night Listener
  63. Everyone’s Hero
  64. License to Wed
  65. August Rush
  66. Shrink
  67. World’s Greatest Dad
  68. Happy Feet
  69. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  70. Old Dogs
  71. Happy Feet Two
  72. Stage Left: A Story of Theater in the Bay Area
  73. The Face of Love
  74. Boulevard
  75. The Butler
  76. Merry Friggin’ Christmas
  77. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  78. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
  79. The Big Wedding
  80. Absolutely Anything (final, completed film set for release sometime next year)

As well as making many appearances in the large number of films that were made, Robin Williams was also featured in a large number of TV shows leading up to his death at the beginning of this week.

Below are all the TV shows that Robin Williams was featured in, from 1977 to this year:

  1. The Richard Pryor Show
  2. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
  3. Eight is Enough
  4. Happy Days
  5. America 2-Night
  6. Mork & Mindy
  7. Happy Days
  8. Out of the Blue
  9. Faerie Tale Theatre
  10. SCTV Network
  11. Pryor’s Place
  12. Dear America: Letter’s Home from Vietnam
  13. Sesame Street
  14. Big Bird’s Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake
  15. A Wish for Wings That Work
  16. Homicide: Life on the Streets
  17. The Larry Sanders Show
  18. Friends
  19. One Saturday Morning
  20. L.A. Doctors
  21. Freedom: A History of Us
  22. Life with Bonnie
  23. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  24. SpongeBob Squarepants
  25. Wilfred
  26. Louie
  27. The Crazy Ones

He will be missed so dearly, and will also live in our hearts forever for the legacy he has left behind. We will miss you so much Robin.

Thank you.

Alex Smithson


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