When Robin passed away last year, I was devastated. He was probably my favorite actor of all time. What he was able to do in both drama and comedy, and how he mastered both, showed that he was truly one of the greatest talents of our time.
Good lord. How do I choose? Dramatically, I thought he was perfect in Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, and What Dreams May Come. Comedically, I’d probably put Mrs. Doubtfire out in front, but I also can’t ignore his iconic performance as the Genie in Aladdin, which changed the way Disney made movies for years to come.
MOST ICONIC PERFORMANCE
Again. How do I choose just one? To many people, he’s iconic for being on Mork and Mindy, or as the voice of Genie in Aladdin. But he’s also perhaps just as iconic as Peter Pan in Hook or Mrs Doubtfire.
MOST UNDERRATED PERFORMANCE
This has to go to either Death To Smoochy or One Hour Photo. Two little seen movie, both he was absolutely brilliant in. Honorable Mention: I thought he was really good in Man Of The Year even if the movie wasn’t that great.
BEST PERFORMANCE OF HIS THAT I’VE HEARD WAS GREAT AND HAVEN’T SEEN
I’ll admit, I haven’t seen The World According to Garp. I apologize. Sincerely.
The Angriest Man In Brooklyn, by far the worst movie he’s made. Runner Up: Father’s Day, the terribly unfunny comedy featuring him and Billy Crystal.
My Top 15 Favorite Robin Williams Roles:
1) Peter Pan in Hook
2) John Keating in Dead Poets Society
3) Daniel Hillard in Mrs Doubtfire
4) Chris Nielsen in What Dreams May Come
5) Sean McGuire in Good Will Hunting
6) Rainbow Rudolph in Death To Smoochy
7) Armand Goldman in The Birdcage
8) Genie in Aladdin
9) Seymour Parrish in One Hour Photo
10) Alan Parrish in Jumanji
11) Walter Finch in Insomnia
12) Tom Dobbs in Man Of The Year
13) Adrian Cronaeur in Good Morning Vietnam
14) Lance in World’s Greatest Dad
15) Himself in Robin Williams: Live On Broadway