10 legendary roles played by Robin Williams

10 legendary roles played by Robin Williams

The actor passed away yesterday aged 63

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Robin Williams touched the souls of countless film fans by way of a career that saw him win an Oscar, five Golden Globes and two Emmy awards. Here, Buro 24/7 shares some of his most memorable leading roles

There is no denying that Robin Williams held a special kind of raw comedy genius. But over the 35-year course of his career, he  talented actor would go on to display an astonishing and captivating versatility which made him one of Hollywood's best loved actors. 

As news of his tragic death emerges, film fans – and indeed most of Hollywood – are mourning the loss of a star whose performances had the rare ability to generate tears of laughter and sadness all at once.


Good Will Hunting, 1997 
Director: Gus Van Sant 

Williams won his Oscar as the therapist in the drama also starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.


Awakenings, 1990 
Director: Penny Marshall

Deemed as his best 'non-comedic' performance, he plays a doctor who has spent years in research.


Dead Poets Society, 1989 
Director: Peter Weir

His character was English teacher John Keating, who inspired his university students to love poetry, to follow their hearts, and to seize the day ("Carpe Diem").

Aladdin, 1992



His face may never have appeared on screen, but Williams’ larger-than-life personality was all over the animated Disney favourite, Aladdin. As the Academy tweeted just hours ago, "Genie, you're free."




August Rush, 2007 
Director: Kirsten Sheridan

Williams played the 'Wizard' drama that has many fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents...


Good Morning, Vietnam, 1987 
Director: Barry Levinson

At his improvisational best, Williams starred as a radio DJ who was sent to Vietnam to entertain US troops. He reportedly adlibbed all of the radio broadcast scenes, and won a Golden Globe for his role.


Patch Adams, 1998 
Director: Tom Shadyac

A semi-biographical comedy-drama film based on the life story of Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams and the book Gesundheit: Good Health is a Laughing Matter.


Mrs. Doubtfire, 1993 
Director: Chris Columbus

Williams played a father who is so desperate to spend time with his children after a messy divorce that he dresses up as an elderly housekeeper named Mrs Doubtfire. A classic.


The Fisher King, 1991 
Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Williams is excellent as the character of a crazed but witty homeless man named Parry in a tale of redemption in the hard-time town of New York City. 


What Dreams May Come, 1998 
Director: Vincent Ward

Perhaps most poignant of all, this film – much like Williams’ life and career – juggles the horrors of a tormented mind with the ecstatic joys of art and life. 

RIP Robin Williams (1951–2014)

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