Robin Williams: Best Bits
In death, it’s easy to focus on the end. The sadness it brings, the reasons behind it, the loss of a great man. But when it’s a man as enchanting as Robin Williams, it would be a disservice to focus on the negative. Even he would have had just the right joke for this moment. So I thought it would be fitting to take a look at his highlights, to allow him to make us all smile as he always did.
“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
Even right from the beginning he was a star, performing on Laugh in, George Schlatter was quoted as saying he was going to be “a big force in show business” and right he was.
There wasn’t a genre he couldn’t master and while he was best famed for his comedies, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Good Will Hunting.
“Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself.”
Being the natural comedian that he was, in Mork and Mindy the script writers gave up trying to make him stick to a script and left spaces where Williams could add his own improvisation.
It was this improvisation that made him a hit as a voice over in Aladdin. His quick fire stream of comedy meant he added so many of his own lines and it showed off his ability to impersonate several characters flawlessly.
“Lets make some magic!!”
Moscow on the Hudson was one of his earlier films that is bound to make fans smile with his portrayal of a similarly eccentric character to himself. For the film he mastered both a Russian accent and the ability to play sax, a true professional dedicated to the craft.
‘One hour photo’ revealed his incredible acting talent to be able to play a character so far removed from his loud and funny personality.
“No one ever takes a photograph of something they want to forget.”
Despite being known for his comedy, he mixes together serious, sentimental and funny in The Dead Poets Society, creating a teacher everyone wishes they had at school!
“Only in their dreams, can men be truly free.”
Never one to miss a performace in any capacity, Steven Spielberg often called him up during the making of Schindlers List to cheer up the cast and crew after a difficult day on set.
And who could forget his Golden Globe winning performance in Mrs Doubtfire? This film is the epitome of all his acting talents rolled into one, that leaves every audience member in stitches.
“My first day as a woman and I’m getting hot flashes.”
Robin Williams didn’t just perform, he lived and breathed life into each character. With every line he spoke, he inspired millions and drew us all into the comfort of the imaginary worlds he created. He dedicated his life to making people smile and there was only one quote that had the ability to sum this up;
“Thanks for believing.”