It's been less than 24 hours since I heard that 63-year-old actor/comedian Robin Williams has passed away, and the news has yet to sink in. He was a thespian that no matter what mood I was in, I could look to any number of his performances and my spirits were instantly lifted. He had the kind of gift, a style best described as frenzied, slapstick comedy as its most genius, that was once in a lifetime. Like lightning in a bottle.
I first remember his larger-than-life personality on the quirky comedy, Mork & Mindy, which introduced us to Williams as a lovable alien--something that could have easily been dismissed as cheap comedy, but in the hands of Williams was nothing short of wonderful. I know for many of us the shock of his death has brought heavy sorrow, but here I try to remember Williams as an actor who always made me smile, even in his most dramatic roles. He will surely be missed.
Below are my favorite Robin Williams characters:
Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire in MRS. DOUBTFIRE
Parry in THE FISHER KING
Mork in MORK & MINDY
Himself on COMIC RELIEF (1987)
Armand Goldman in THE BIRDCAGE
How will you remember Robin Williams?