What a wonderful time we had watching this one! With his portrayal of a father posing as an elderly Scottish nanny, he created a truly remarkable character and the film became a box office hit, as well as a classic spanning more than one generation. Hard to believe that we will never see his face on the big screen again. Rest in peace, Robin.
Boy, those arms! After the end of the shoot, Robin Williams probably didn’t eat spinach for a year – it’s definitely a possibility. The musical comedy was released in 1980 and unfortunately was a flop at the box office. Check out the next picture, where we tell you more about one of his best films…
In 1987, Robin Williams starred as Airmen and radio DJ "Adrian Cronauer" in Good Morning, Vietnam. It became one of the most successful films of the year and the fourth highest grossing film in 1987. The film, directed by Barry Levinson, almost perfectly manages the balancing act between comedy and poignant drama and in 1988, Robin Williams was awarded the Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy). A well-deserved honor!
"Oh Captain, my captain!" His 1989 role as "John Keating" in Dead Poets Society resulted in an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1990. The prep school drama was a universal box office hit and while Williams did not get the Oscar – he would have to wait eight more years – the film still received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay.
This 1991 fantasy adventure film was directed by Steven Spielberg. Playing opposite Dustin Hoffman, who shines as the mean and devious "Captain James Hook", Williams enchanted moviegoers as "Peter Pan" in this wonderful film, which is still a classic today.
Toys was released in 1992 and a true box office hit. Still, critics didn’t love the film and to this day it only holds a 26% rating on "Rotten Tomatoes".
For the widely successful animated Disney feature, Robin Williams lent his voice to the "Genie" in a bottle, who talks non-stop and is the true star of the film. The role of the "Genie" was written specifically for him, although neither the screenwriter nor the director could be sure that he would actually do it. We’re sure glad he played the part, it is one of his greatest roles!
In 1995, Robin Williams played the role of "Alan Parish" in the fantasy adventure film Jumanji. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. Although it did well at the box office, Jumanji received mixed reviews from critics. Despite the bad press, it’s still a great family movie.
Patch Adams is a 1998 comedy-drama, which not only stars Robin Williams, but also the likes of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and the great Bob Gunton. Despite being poorly received by critics and the real Dr. Adams himself, the film was a box-office success, grossing over twice its budget in the United States alone.…
This was the one: alongside Matt Damon, Williams gave one of THE performances of a lifetime in Good Will Hunting, playing the therapist "Dr. Sean Maguire". The film was directed by Gus van Sant and the screenplay written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1998. But more importantly, Robin Williams (finally!) won his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor!
With Ben Stiller as the clumsy but lovable night watchman and Robin Williams as the wax model of President Theodore Roosevelt, Night at the Museum made a killing at the box office in 2006 and wowed families all over the planet. The sequel came out in 2009.