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Posted on August 13, 2014 - by writerman
This week, we lost our Captain.
It’s just heartbreaking that someone who brought such joy to millions struggled so much with depression in his private life. I didn’t know him, so I won’t try to add to the wonderful remembrances coming from the people who loved him and were lucky enough to work with him. But I still miss him. And the world is definitely a little darker today, without his incandescent light. I can only imagine how hard this is on his family.
As we mourn his passing, let’s not forget to celebrate the great things he did while he was here, and everything he left behind.
Robin Williams is gone too soon, but Mrs. Doubtfire and Mr. Keating and Mork and the Genie will stay with us, forever.
10. The World According to Garp (1982)
Thanks to director George Roy Hill for giving Robin his first chance to show that he could do more than be the funniest guy in the room.
9. Mork & Mindy (1978 – 1982)
I suppose this is cheating a little – including a TV show in this list of movies, but how could I leave out our favorite Orkan? I still remember seeing him burst on to the screen on Happy Days for the first time.
8. Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
A love letter to America from Paul Mazursky. One of the best movies about New York City, ever.
7. Good Will Hunting (1997)
I wish Robin Williams was my therapist.
6. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
He’s only on screen in this wonderfully messy Terry Gilliam movie for five minutes, but it’s a pretty amazing five minutes.
5. Aladdin (1992)
I took a girl to this movie on our first date. She thought it was kind of boring. We didn’t have a second date.1
4. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
On paper, this looks a terrible idea for a movie. I wonder how they pitched it – as a Tootsie remake with the mime from Shakes the Clown in a fat suit? But Robin Williams brings so much charm and fun to his part that he carries the rest of the movie right along with him.
3. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
I love this movie, but I was seriously obsessed with the soundtrack. I played the shit out of that thing, until I knew every word and every song. And, thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can listen to the whole thing just like I did in my parent’s house in 1987 – on the original vinyl.
2. Dead Poets Society (1989)
“…the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”
1. The Fisher King (1991)
Robin Williams is best known for his hyper-kinetic stage persona and his incredible ability to riff and jump from one tangent to another, but one of the great things about this movie is that it shows how good he can be in quiet moments like the waltz in Grand Central or this weird little double date. Watch it again. I dare you not to love it.
- Full disclosure – the real reason we didn’t make it to date number two is that she thought I was kind of boring, but sometimes the fiction sounds better (and stings less) than the truth, right? [↩]
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