Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Robin Williams was one of the most recognisable big screen actors and comedian who enjoyed an acting career that spanned over forty years.

Williams kicked off his career in television with small roles in the likes of Laugh-In, Eight Is Enough, and Out of the Blue.

However, it was his role as Mork in comedy series Mork & Mindy that really helped put him on the map.

The series ran between 1978 to 1982 and really established Williams as a comedy star to watch out for - he would go on to enjoy a stand-up career as performing comedy on the big and small screen.

Can I Do It 'Till I Need Glasses? was the first film role for Williams in 1977, but he went on to enjoy a movie career that saw him move between comedy and drama.

It was on the big screen that he showed that he was more than just a funnyman, with powerful performances in the likes of Good Morning Vietnam, Good Will Hunting, and Dead Poets Society.

It was for Good Morning Vietnam that he received his first Oscar nomination - picking up a Best Actor nod for his turn as Adrian Cronauer.

He would be nominated again for Dead Poets Society and The Fisher King before winning a Best Supporting Actor gong for a terrific performance in Good Will Hunting.

As well as great dramatic roles, Williams also enjoyed major comedy success on the big screen with the likes of Patch Adams, Mrs Doubtfire, and Aladdin: in which he voiced the Genie. It really does remain one of the greatest Disney performances of all time.

Mrs Doubtfire remains one of his movie memorable and iconic roles, as he teamed up with Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan back in 1994.

The movie saw Williams at his comedy best and went on to be a big office smash. The film celebrated its 20th anniversary back in January.

More recently, we have seen Williams in the Night at the Museum franchise, The Butler, Old Dogs, and TV series The Crazy Ones.

And there are a series of Williams film projects in the pipeline, as Merry Friggin' Christmas, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Absolutely Anything all set for release over the next twelve months.

Williams was found dead at his home on August 11. While an investigation into his death is underway, it is believed that he committed suicide by asphyxia.

Williams is survived by his wife Susan Schneider and three children.

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