Robin Williams: From Good Will Hunting to Dead Poets Society - the actor's best film moments

The film world remembers one of their brightest and most entertaining stars

As the film world mourns the death of one of their brightest stars, fans pay tribute by remembering some of Robin Williams’ best moments on screen.

The Hollywood actor was found dead at his Californian home on Monday aged 63, with officials suspecting suicide after a period of severe depression.

Williams was known around the globe for stunning performances in both comedies and more philosophical movies.

From voicing the genie in Disney’s Aladdin, to donning a fat suit and slap for the crazy Mrs Doubtfire, Williams earned critical acclaim for his sharp wit.

Four Oscar nominations came his way throughout his long career, with a win for 1997’s Good Will Hunting (and that bench scene, see below).

Mrs Doubtfire

Williams won a Golden Globe for his hilarious (and truly bizarre) portrayal of a dad who transforms himself into an elderly housekeeper in an effort to spend time with his children after a divorce.

Hailed as one of the best, and funniest, family movies of the Nineties, fans were excited by recent news that Williams had signed on for a sequel. More on that to come.

Aladdin

"You ain't never had a friend like me". Williams will remain a part of Nineties children's lives forever after voicing the larger-than-life blue genie from this animated Disney favourite.

Rumour has it that Schindler's List director Steven Spielberg would ring Williams up while he was working on Aladdin and get him to crack jokes down the phone to cheer up his own cast and crew.

 

Dead Poets Society

Inspiring the masses yet again as English teacher John Keating - or the “slightly more daring O Captain, My Captain” - Williams’ starring role in this 1989 classic saw students everywhere determined to “seize the day” (‘Carpe Diem’).

Good Will Hunting

In a departure from his more comic roles, Williams played psychiatrist Sean Maguire and won an Academy Award for his efforts. The bench scene, in which he tells Matt Damon, “your move chief” and essentially changes his life, remains one of the most iconic in movie history.

Hook

This 1991 Peter Pan remake from Steven Spielberg was one of Williams' first family hits. It saw him take on the role of Peter Banning, who becomes a corporate lawyer after his adventures in Neverland but finds himself returning to rescue his own children from Hook.

Good Morning, Vietnam

Williams was a master of improvisation - he ad-libbed all the radio broadcast scenes from this 1987 film about a radio DJ sent to Vietnam to entertain the US troops serving out there. "Is this a little early for being this loud?" Never, Robin.

Jack

Williams played a boy who grows up four times faster than is normal in this 1996 movie. His graduation speech in which he (poignantly after the tragic news) tells his schoolmates to "make your lives spectacular (...) as in the end none of us has very long on this Earth".

Mork & Mindy

"Na-nu na-nu!" Williams was not just revered for his big screen roles. His loveable alien from TV series Mork & Mindy saw him enjoy mainstream fame  after he impressed the show's creator by standing on his head in his audition.

Moscow on the Hudson

Back in the early Eighties, Williams earned his first Golden Globe nomination for his turn as a Russian circus performer in this 1984 hit. Cue plenty of naive, endearing optimism and highly amusing reactions as he enters the "land of opportunity".

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