We were all saddened to hear of the passing of the incredible actor and comedian Robin Williams almost 2 months ago. The guy attended high school and some college in the Bay Area. He was truly a stand up guy. Robin Williams was also a geek, loved video games and many other mediums of entertainment.
The man has dominated stand-up comedy, Film, Broadway, TV and so much more. He was a genius talent, an Oscar award winner who could hit you with his laughter and crying formula all in one punch. Most of the people that came out of these previous few generations have gotten direct influence from Robin Williams in some way, whether it be TV, Film or everything in between.
Robin Williams played iconic roles in the many different projects he took on during his career. His comedic skills flourished through literally almost every single line he recited on stage whether it be stand up or film. We want to remember Robin Williams and his work by giving you a list of his top moments. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce on why this guy was just so influential and a pioneer in the entertainment industry.
Movies such as Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam, and Mrs. Doubtfire are some notable movies. Enjoy these films and TV shows clips, and if you or someone you know is struggling with depression, please support them and reach out for help.
He talked about Sarah Palin, Tornadoes & Heart Surgery all in on stand-up called “Weapons of Self Destruction”
In 2009, during an HBO comedy which is an hour and 30 minutes of laughter. The topics were going at fast times! Robin was truly a boss in comedy even at the beginning of his career. Check out the whole special on YouTube, just be aware it can be removed anytime. Check out Amazon Prime if not!
He Owned The Role Of A Fiesty Miami Drag Club Owner In “The Birdcage”
This movie which has versions on both Amazon and Netflix is by far one of the best performances from Robin, given the complexity of the role. Robin plays Armand, the owner of a drag club in Miami Beach. Armand’s son Val gets engaged to the daughter of U.S. Senator. The wildness and charisma entailed in Robin’s character Armand is exactly why he was capable of any role!
He Was Our Hero As Peter Pan in Hook
Being that he was already seemingly a young boy trapped in an adult’s body, Robin won our hearts with his performance in Hook. Peter Pan was an adult who went to law school and got his hands into the adult life. Dustin Hoffman plays Captain Hook, but with help from the Lost Boys, Hook was no match! Hook is streaming now on Hulu Plus.
He Played The Spinach Eating Muscle Head Popeye
Robin’s first starring movie role was playing a cartoon character—fitting, since if a cartoon character were to come to life, he’d probably be a lot like Robin Williams. Popeye, which streams on Amazon and Netflix, didn’t exactly light the world on fire—it’s got a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 57 percent. (Some argue that the rancor directed at Popeye is misguided.) But it certainly is well cast: besides the uncanny way Robin makes Popeye’s speech and mannerisms seem totally normal, Shelley Duvall is perfect as Olive Oyl.
He Was An Alien In “Mork and Mindy”
You don’t even need a Hulu Plus account to see the TV series that put Robin Williams on the pop culture map. Hulu offers 39 episodes of Mork & Mindy to anyone who wants to watch the 1970s sitcom about an alien from the Planet Ork whose manic energy and rapid patter made him sound a lot like, well, Robin Williams. That was because the show—in which Mork arrives in Boulder, Colorado, to study the human race for his home planet—really just existed as an excuse for Robin to bring his brand of improvisation comedy to a half-hour weekly show. (Fun fact: Mork & Mindy was a spun-off from Happy Days where the Mork character debuted and proved to be terrifically popular. And yes, you can find clips of that episode and Mork’s Happy Days return on YouTube.)
He Was A Saxophonist in “Moscow on the Hudson”
Until his 1987 performance in Good Morning Vietnam brought an Oscar nomination and ushered in a new phase of his career, Robin Williams’ best big-screen performances can be found in The World According to Garp and Moscow on the Hudson—the latter of which is streaming on Hulu. Robin plays a saxophonist with a Moscow circus who defects during a tour of America and has to adjust to life in his new country. Robin’s performance impressed Roger Ebert who wrote that the comedian “disappears so completely into his quirky, lovable, complicated character.”
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Robin Williams didn’t have to be the leading man to make his mark on a movie. If you can track down Dead Again—which sadly doesn’t seem to be streaming anywhere—Robin nearly walks away with the movie in just a handful of scenes as a disgraced psychiatrist who schools a detective played by Kenneth Brannagh on the concept of past lives. Another one of Robin’s smaller roles does happen to be available for streaming, though—The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. He appears in just one scene and not even under his own name—he’s credited as “Ray D. Tutto”—but his performance is as memorable as his accent.
He Reminded Us Just How Natural He With Louie C.K.
Even though he would go on to become one of the big screen’s most bankable and enduring names, Williams never forgot his TV roots. His understated 2012 appearance on Louis C.K.’s dark comedic series Louie (the two laughably mourned the loss of a thieving club owner who at one point is mourned by a room full of strippers) was so effortless that one would have thought he was a recurring character on the acclaimed FX show.
We Actually Saw Him As ‘The Angriest Man in Brooklyn’
Robin was so diverse with his acting skills that he was able to wear so many different hats in his acting career. In this movie he successfully dons the title of the Angriest Man in Brooklyn after learning that a brain aneurysm will kill him in about 90 minutes. A very nasty and unhappy man, Robin Williams struggles very hard to accept his fate and makes amends with everyone he has hurt including his doctor, son (who ditched becoming a lawyer like himself to join a dance company), his estranged wife and many others. Alongside actress Mila Kunis, he learns to appreciate the people he has done wrong by.
He Hung Out With Richard Pryor
Legend has it that Richard Pryor’s two-fisted writing partner Paul Mooney discovered Robin Williams and slotted him in for a spot in the iconic funnyman’s groundbreaking and criminally short-lived NBC series. The Richard Pryor Show was canceled after only four episodes, but it was enough time for television executives to be impressed by the manic, quick-witted talent of Williams. One year later, the gifted stand-up comedian was starring in his own hit series Mork & Mindy.
He Battled The Slick Haired Fonz
It was the perfect setup. Television producer and director Garry Marshall was looking for a platform to introduce his newest small screen creation, an alien named Mork from the planet Ork. The game-changing visionary behind such landmark sitcoms as Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley had only planned for his aforementioned intergalactic character to make a one-shot appearance. But when Mork dropped in on the Happy Days gang on February 28, 1978, the wacky, lovable character proved to be an instant draw. Peep the jukebox battle between the Fonz and Mork.
Robin Williams Made The Greatest Comedians Laugh
If you are going to roast arguably the most influential comedian of all time you have to bring it. So when a young Williams found himself at the podium poking fun of his hero Richard Pryor, he unleashed this gem: “18 years ago they’d greet him in small towns by tying a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree and then they’d try to hang him with it. This man’s a genius. Now who else could take all the forms of comedy, slapstick, satire, mime, standup and turn it into something that’ll offend everyone?” Genius knows genius.
Following Williams’ tragic passing, the Roots’ frontman Questlove shared a story that underlined the funnyman’s reputation as one of Hollywood’s true all-around good guys. The omnipresent drummer and his Philadelphia crew had a chance meeting with Williams on an elevator during the 2001 Grammys. “This particular Sunday we were walking backstage and had to ride the elevator to the backstage area and we piled inside when suddenly this voice just said “questlove…..black thought….rahzel….the roots from Philadelphia!!!!,” he recalled on Facebook. That’s right you walked on this elevator saying to yourself “ain’t no way this old white dude knows my entire history and discography”….we laughed so hard.”
“That NEVER happened to is before,” Quest continued. “Someone a legend acknowledged us and really knew who we were (his son put him on to us) man it was a small 2 min moment in real life but that meant the world to me at the time. Everytime I saw him afterwards he tried to top his trivia knowledge on all things Roots associated. Simply because he knew that meant everything to me.” Class.
He Made The Late Night Circuit His Bitch
Williams is no stranger to the talk show circuit. But when it came time for the force-of-nature and personal favorite of the late Johnny Carson to appear on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in 2013, he proved that he could still hijack a gabfest more than three decades into his career. “Your Scottish accent is so good I don’t understanding what you are saying,” joked Scotsman Ferguson as Williams turned on his wildman powers of improvisation. It was hilarious, unpredictable, and off color. In other words, it was classic Robin Williams.
He Was Humble & Selfless When Winning His First Academy Award
It took three nominations, but Williams finally scored his first Academy Award statue for his supporting role in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting. And in typical Williams fashion, his acceptance speech was funny, tear-inducing and irreverent all at once. “This might be the one time I’m speechless,” the emotional talent said, later graciously shouting-out the film’s fresh face writers: “Thank you Ben [Affleck] and Matt [Damon], I still want to see some ID…”
Robin, Whoopie and Billy Gave Some Much Needed Comic Relief
Even in the decadent, greed-is-good ’80s era, there was no shortage of charities to give a proverbial helping hand. Following the music-centered, famine-relief all-star projects Band Aid and USA for Africa, writer, producer and actor Bob Zmuda created an American version of the British organization. But instead of just helping fight poverty in Ethiopia, Comic Relief USA turned its attention towards the plight of America’s homeless. Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, and Robin Williams were asked to co-host the opening four-hour plus HBO show. To date, Comic Relief USA has raked in more than $50 million.
He Played A Villain Well
Williams could play a scary serial killer. Very well. And here’s the proof.
Williams Could Rap, Too…
For Robin Williams everything under the pop culture umbrella was fair game. So during an blooper reel of his last television project, CBS’ The Crazy Ones, Williams fired off this memorable outtake of a hip-hop staple. Yes, that’s Salt & Pepa’s “Push It” getting a quick walk through. Williams had no shame. Thank the comedy Gods for that.