Remembering Robin Williams’ Top 10 Characters

August 13 01:41 2014

On August 11, the world was shocked to find out that one of the most beloved comedic actors of the past four decades passed away. At 63, Robin Williams was found dead at his home due to an apparent suicide revolving around his long battle with depression.

His wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement about her late husband’s death saying, “It is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave millions.”

To celebrate the legacy of Robin Williams and to acknowledge his life, is counting down our top 10 favorite characters played by the hysterical actor.

From portraying an alien on a Happy Days spinoff to cross-dressing as a nanny to be with his kids in Mrs. Doubtfire, Robin Williams entered the hearts of everyone who watched him with his voices, costumes and moving portrayals of war veterans, doctors and teachers.

Of the dozens upon dozens of films Robins played a part in, it was hard to choose just 10. What will you remember the actor for that we missed on our list?

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[ new page = Alan Parrish from ‘Jumanji’ ]

10. Alan Parrish

Number 10 on our list is Williams’ role as Alan Parrish in the 1995 film Jumanji. Playing the main role of a young boy who gets sucked into a board game – who grows older within it – Williams shined in this film that defined the childhoods of kids in the 90s.

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9. Doctor Kosevich

Also in 1995, Williams had a small role playing the doctor who delivered Julianne Moore and Hugh Grant’s baby in the hit comedy Nine Months. Here we got to see his hysterical ability to imitate languages – in this one he was Russian.

[ new page = Professor Philip Brainard from ‘Flubber’ ]

8. Professor Philip Brainard

Another hysterical movie that defined the 90s was the 1997 Disney hit Flubber. Winning a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor – Famly and a Blimp Award nomination, this scientist not only discovered a sassy green goo that danced, talked and morphed into anything imaginable but also stole our hearts.

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7. John Keating

This 1989 drama showed us how good of an overall actor Williams could be without having a lot of humor. Dead Poets Society gave four nominations to him including an Academy Award for best actor and a Golden Globe.

[ new page = Teddy Roosevelt from ‘Night at the Museum’ ]

6. Teddy Roosevelt

Starting in 2006, Night at the Museum began a trilogy of excitement and wonder for children and adults. Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams played a smaller role of President Theodore Roosevelt and he sure did portray the 26th eccentric president of the United States extremely well. Williams played the part a second time in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and before his death was going to rekindle the role in the third installment which is to be released later this year.

[ new page = Sean Maguire in ‘Good Will Hunting’ ]

5. Sean Maguire

The role that got him an Oscar in 1997 for Best Supporting Actor was of Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. Williams played alongside Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as a psychiatrist to Damon, a 20-year-old troubled teen. It also won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay to Damon and Affleck who also wrote the film.

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4. Patch Adams

Patch Adams in 1998 broke our hearts with Williams portrayal of a funny doctor working with cancer stricken children. Alongside the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Williams showed us how kind cancer doctors can be to sick kids in the heartwarming tale. But it wasn’t just in real life that Williams was a superhero to sick kids… He was known for also donating millions of dollars to Saint Jude’s Research Hospital and was also the spokesperson for their commercial.

[ new page = Adrian Cronauer from ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ ]

3. Adrian Cronauer

The 1985 war comedy about Vietnam was based on a true story. Williams played Adrian Cronauer as an armed forces radio DJ who gained popularity with his troops but obviously not his superiors. During the film, Williams’ broadcasts were mostly improvised and became famous for his opening greeting, “Goooooood Morning Vietnaaaaam!”

[ new page = Genie from ‘Aladdin’ ]

2. Genie

One of the most popular Disney films to date, Aladdin was a 1992 classic based on an Arabian peasant turned prince. Luckily for Aladdin, he ran into a magical blue genie in a lamp that would take him on a crazy journey. Here’s Williams’ singing one of the most popular songs of the musical, “Friend Like Me.”

[ new page = Mrs. Doubtfire from ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ ]

1. Mrs. Doubtfire

In 1993, Williams played Daniel Hillard a recently divorced man who never gets the chance to see his three kids. He decides to become Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire, a Scottish nanny in order to be able to spend time with his children after dressing up as her whenever he has to work. He portrays an elderly woman fantastically and everybody can agree that he was a great woman in this film. Before his death, he had just signed on to play the role of Doubtfire sometime next year in a sequel, which will unfortunately no longer happen.

[ new page = We can’t forget Mork from ‘Mork and Mindy’ ]

Extra: Mork meets the Fonz

We usually only do top 10’s but we had to put on when Mork the alien guest appeared on Happy Day’s and met with the Fonz. Appearing several times, (once in a battle with the heartthrob), one our favorite scenes is when Mork returns to earth and asks the Fonz for some love advice and he teaches him how to date.



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