Robin Williams

Check out the San Francisco Chronicle's tribute to Robin Williams this morning.

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Robin Williams' 5 Most Memorable Roles

Beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away Aug. 11 at the age of 63 in a suspected suicide after a long battle with depression. As the world mourns the loss of a comedic voice that spanned decades, we take a look back at his career.

Williams made the long climb from stand-up comic to leading man. His first roles were strictly in comedy, including stints on The Richard Pryor Show; eventually, he broke big playing a sailor with a love-hate relationship with spinach in Popeye. From there he went on to star in The World According to Garp, Moscow on the Hudson, Jumanji, Good Morning Vietnam, Night at the Museum, Death to Smoochy and many more films.

Here are five of his most memorable roles.

Mork in Mork & Mindy

Mork, the alien sent from the planet Ork, who came to Earth in a small, one-man egg-shaped spaceship to observe human behavior, was on television for four years and introduced the American audience to Williams’ unique brand of wackiness. Williams’ dedication to the character and willingness to do anything for a laugh made viewers realize that Williams was an actor — not just a comedian.




Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire in Mrs. Doubtfire

Williams played a man willing to go to any lengths to be with his family, including masquerading as a buxom nanny in the hopes of winning his wife back from Pierce Brosnan. A part that campy could have sunk many actors’ careers, but it just cemented America’s love for Williams. A sequel was planned for 2015.




John Keating in Dead Poets Society

Williams played a fun-loving poetry professor who came to a stuffy boarding school, then challenged and inspired his students through his outside-the-box teaching methods. When the film came to the final scene, where his students take to their desks to declare their love for their teacher, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.




Genie in Aladdin

While voicing animated characters is par for the course for established actors these days, Williams’s take on the genie in Aladdin set the bar very high. His blue-bottled genie was blustery good fun for both kids and parents.




Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting

Williams came to Good Will Hunting after a string of comedic hits and misses (Toys, Jack, and Mrs. Doubtfire among them). He shined as a therapist tasked with helping a young math prodigy overcome his anger and work towards a healthy relationship with both a girl, and the world at large. Their sessions together revealed a lot about the characters and the actors, paving the way for more serious roles for Williams and kick-starting Matt Damon’s career.


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Robin Williams

Check out this picture of Tonelli and Robin Williams from the 1970s...nice speedos Paul.

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Robin Williams

Check out Robin Williams competing in the swim relay on the Battle of the Network Stars.

 

Conan O'Brien

As news of actor Robin Williams's death spread Monday night, Conan O'Brien was wrapping up his show, which would air a few hours later. When Conan learned what had happened, he took a couple of minutes before the taping finished, and broke the news to the audience. "I'm sorry to anyone in our studio audience that I'm breaking this news," a visibly emotional O'Brien said. "This is absolutely shocking and horrifying." Andy Richter and guest Will Arnett also reacted and remembered Williams. "He was an amazingly kind and generous person, and it's got to be a terrible time for his family, and our thoughts go out to them," Richter said. "As funny as he was, he was truly one of the all-time greats," Arnett said. "He was even better as a person."

 

Tony Stewart

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. this past Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York when Ward exited his vehicle on the track. Spectators claim that Ward exited his vehicle on the speedway to confront Stewart.

 

Jim Harbaugh

Check out San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh's touchdown dance.

 

Sammy Hagar

Check out highlights from Sammy Hagar's Mai Tai Contest at Lefty O'Douls in San Francisco.

 

Pinky And The Brain

“What do you want to do tonight, Internet?” “The same thing we do every night, A.V. Club. Try to ruin people’s nostalgic memories by getting voice actors to reprise beloved characters angrily swearing at each other.” Yes, they’re Pinky and the Brain. Pinky, and the Brain. One is a genius, and the other’s insane, until the genius finally gets fed up and goes kind of insane, too, screaming obscenities at his longtime partner. This video—with animation by Tumblr user Kaiko-Art, and produced by Doug Walker as part of his staggeringly vast network of “That Guy With The Glasses” online shows—features original Pinky and the Brain voice actors Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen. And as you’ll see, they still have perfect grasps of the character’s voices, even while letting loose with a profanity-laden tirade. The result is wonderful catharsis for all those times Pinky drove Brain to distraction with his inane comments (even if we all know that, secretly, Brain’s failures owe more to self-sabotage than his companion’s well-meaning ineptitude).

 

Selfie

Boyhood may have captured the world's attention by spanning 12 years of a boy's life on film, but one teenager is well on his way to documenting his life even more intricately through daily selfies. Hugo Cornellier has taken a selfie a day since age 12, and now seven years later he's connected them all together in a mindblowing video. Cornellier got the idea for his selfie project after Noah Kalina posted his six years of selfies video in 2006. Corneiller began documenting himself at age 12, and the montage shows a much more dramatic change over the seven years than Kalina pulled off with his installment. It's also interesting to see the progression from different settings—childhood kitchen, bedroom, and eventually college dorm room. Cornellier also progresses to more shirtless or half-dressed photos as he progresses into adolescence. After uploading his first four years of pictures in 2011, Cornellier wrote on Reddit, "I plan on keeping this up forever. Either until the day where I am physically incapable of continuing, or the day that I die.” He definitely shows no sign of stopping.

 
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