Today, Aug. 11, is the two-year anniversary of Robin Williams’ tragic death. We’re remembering the actor on this sad day by taking a look back at his best roles ever. We miss you, Robin.
*Good Will Hunting
Robin was the father figure Matt Damon never had in Good Will Hunting. His character, Sean, tries to get to the root of Will’s struggles in therapy sessions and helps Will face his past and his future. Robin won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his stellar performance.
Robin will always be the Genie. He made the character the most iconic part of the Disney classic, even though the movie was named Aladdin. He brought such a magical touch to the role. No one will ever be able to capture the Genie like Robin did.
Robin made Mrs. Doubtfire one of the most endearing movies — ever. Watching the actor transform from Daniel to Mrs. Doubtfire is just extraordinary. Robin was able to do one thing few actors can, and that was fully immerse himself in the role. You forgot you were watching Robin play a woman. He became Mrs. Doubtfire.
*Dead Poets Society
There are so many great things to say about Dead Poets Society. Robin plays Mr. Keating, the new English teacher at an all-boys preparatory school. He reaches the students, who are under pressure from their parents and the school, in a way no one had been able to. His performance is so inspiring. He makes anyone and everyone want to seize the day.
Robin Williams is Peter Pan. He took on the role of the boy (and later man) who never wanted to grow up. Even though he’s a grown adult in the movie, Robin was able to express his inner child in Hook. He fully immersed himself in the role. His performance was absolutely magical.
Robin may be gone, but he’ll never be forgotten. His movies will live on forever. Rest in peace, Robin. You’re free.
HollywoodLifers, what’s your best memory of Robin? Let us know!