Lauren (trekkiepetrelli) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Celebrating Robin Williams On His 70th Birthday

Robin Williams would have been 70 today, so lets look at some of the legend's most iconic roles.

Dr Sean Macguire in Good Will Hunting
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Robin was the consoling therapist to Matt Damon's struggling genius Will, in Gus Van Sant's 1997 Good Will Hunting. It won him the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1998. In his speech he thanked his father - "Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, 'Wonderful. Just have a back-up profession like welding."

His role in Good Will Hunting provided some of the most heartbreaking monologues in film, including the "it wasn't your fault" scene, in which Robin's' therapist comforts Damon's Will for all of his experienced historic trauma.

Daniel Hilliard/Mrs Doubtfire in Mrs Doubtfire
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One of the most iconic roles Robin will be remembered for; a film part of any 80s, 90s and even 00s kid. Robin's struggling but devoted father makes him so endearing and heart wrenching to watch, as he proves that he will do absolutely anything for his children. He brings it to a level that isn't just slapstick comedy - man in a wig and dress, but elevates it as he embodies a prim and proper yet heartfelt Scottish nanny, tastefully.

The Genie in Aladdin
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Robin stars in another childhood classic, the booming and entertaining voice for the Genie in Disney's Aladdin. It proved how recognisable he is, voice acting alone. It left a lasting effecting on children as well as adults. Even after the 2019 remake, his rendition of the Genie is unforgettable and still as iconic.

Armand Goldman in The Birdcage
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One of OP's favourite films of all time, here Robin plays Armand, a gay cabaret-bar owner in Miami, whose weekend is flipped upside down when his conservative son announces his engagement to the daughter of an uptight senator. Robin stars opposite the gorgeous Nathan Lane, who are both forced to act like a "normal family" for the sake of their son's incoming marriage. Not only is it hugely progressive for the 90's, putting same-sex couples in a positive and non-mocking light, it's hugely heartfelt and touching (with an excellent ending). An underrated and hugely entertaining masterpiece.

Walter Finch in Insomnia
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Robin very rarely took up villainous roles, but when he did, boy were they intimidating. Starring in Christopher Nolan's Insomnia, opposite Hollywood legend Al Pacino, Robin is the perfect dark and terrifying Walter. We continually have to second guess whether or not he is in fact the villain Pacino is supposed to be going after.

Alan Parrish in Jumanji
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Another childhood classic, with Robin as the out-of-time Alan, trapped in a board game jungle for twenty-six years, after having an argument with his uptight father. Robin gives this role heart as he grieves for his deceased parents he never got to say goodbye to, whilst helping two kids finish the game that's been plaguing him for decades. It's a 90s classic, terrifying but hugely entertaining, all because of Robin. We just wanted him to get the life he truly deserved.

John Keating in Dead Poets Society
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Robin in Dead Poets Society all made us wish we could sit in one of his classes. His teaching methods were inspiring enough to stand on the desk tops shouting "Oh Captain, my captain!". He gave teaching a new meaning and has a dozen iconic film quotes, including: "Seize the day Boys. Make life extraordinary." and "We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for."


ONTD, which Robin Williams role is your favourite?

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Without a doubt
A alllwaaay though he was saying “toodaalllllo (lo and is lou(ie)) it took memes to educate me 🤣🤣🤣
wait, what is he actually saying?


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Cannot see that gif without hearing the voice.

I never understood why the Scottish sounding nanny was meant to be English though lol.


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My fave movie. I've loved it since I was a little kid. Sounds cheesy but if life is kicking my ass, I watch Mrs. Doubtfire and it makes me feel better. 😢
Hook and Jumanji.
I forgot about Hook! I think that rounds out my top 5.
Everyone trashes Hook but is one of my fave movies
These are mine too. I have a real soft spot for Hook.
I was going to say Good Will Hunting, Dead Poet's Society, and Mrs. Doubtfire were my top 3 but then I remembered Jumanji..
i miss him :(
I miss him a lot. His movies were such a big part of my childhood.
O Captain, my Captain!
he'll always be my genie too
truly one of a kind <3

tbh for me it's probably Aladdin, i mean, it was just so influential in my childhood. for his live action roles probably Jumanji or Good Will Hunting. i'm crying rn just thinking about him and his role in GWH right now, damn.
It's still wtf to me that he's gone
I miss him

Fave role?

You can fly, you can fight and you can...

Also The Birdcage Fuck the shrimp!
Also his SVU episode lol one of my faves
He was so terrifying on SVU. That episode stayed with me for a long time after I watched it.


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Ooh Hook is on Netflix! Guess I'm watching this while I work lol

I'll try not to cry
Hook is a great film, I'm mad I forgot to add that one in :(
I think The Birdcage is wildly underrated. And what I love about his performance is the respect and space he gives to Nathan Lane. Robin could steal every scene he's in but he doesn't because he's an amazing scene partner. And when he does take his moments, they're even stronger for being so well chosen.


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Such a good movie! It was in while I was babysitting my cousins shortly after his death and I bawled.
Im still amazed about how they kept the scene when Robin falls and everyone else is keeping it together even though you did hear Robin kinda break character and laugh.
Just watched Dead Poets' Society yesterday :') An all-time fave. He really was one of the best imo.
i think hook is my all time fave. he was cast so perfectly and it makes me cry everytime

There will never be another like him.
It sounds so weird, but there was always something about him that I just trusted. He just had such kind eyes. I guess it's because I grew up seeing him in dad roles, I always thought he seemed like a good person. Not perfect, but good.
I know what you mean. He just seemed to be so human.
His eyes but also his voice to me. I imagine that's because I grew up hearing it so much, but yeah, just a soothing, trusted presence.
I used to watch Mork and Mindy on Nick at Nite and it was the funniest show I had ever seen. I also watched his super early standup on VH1.
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