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My first memory of Robin Williams time warps back to the late 1970’s when he appeared in the tv series Happy Days as an alien. I took an immediate liking to him as a kid and that never let up for the next 40 years in my heart.

His impromptu genius and ability to impersonate over any spectrum and change on a dime took him to an elite level beyond reproach.  When I heard the sad news tonight that he had passed I immediately wanted to do a Top 10 Robin Williams Movie list as a tribute to ease my mourning.

Thank you to You Tube, Wikipedia and IMDB for their assistance in my research. So without further ado please enjoy my Top 10 Robin Williams Movies list.

10  What Dreams May Come (1998)

Question –  When Chris goes to the city in Heaven where people are flying around what other notable characters can be seen?

For those of you that ponder, question or possibly worry about the afterlife, or if there is one. This movie will really make your head spin. I’m so thrilled that it has such a beautiful ending but in the beginning of being in Heaven and hurting? That’s a contradiction for most and add to that not being able to communicate with those you love and wanting to. Oddly enough, an ironic event occurs in the film that is eerie to this August 11th day, 2014.

Answer – Characters from “Peter Pan” (Wendy, Michael, John) and “Mary Poppins” (Mary Poppins).

9  Jumanji (1995)

Question – This was filmed and set in New Hampshire but this is one of the few U.S. States to not have what?

I loved both the incredible imagination and adventure this movie took me on. There was great suspense and tension along with some absolutely hysterical moments.

Answer – A zoo.

8  The World According To Garp (1982)

Question – John Lithgow was nominated for an Oscar in drag in The World According To Garp at the 1983 Academy Awards. What two other films and three actors were nominated for the same award that year?

This is based on a John Irving novel and while it is on the lower end of my Top 10 Robin Williams Movies list, the movie got some notice and acclaim. It’s a fascinating story that at some points dives into madness and swings around to sadness. It’s one of those movies you keep questioning as to why you are watching it, yet you continue to do so.

Answer – Dustin Hoffman for Tootsie and Julie Andrews and Robert Preston for Victor Victoria.

7  The Birdcage (1996)

Question –  What was unique about Robin Williams’ slip and fall during the “shrimp” scene?

If you watched the video clip above it contains part of the hilarious toast scene between Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. It had Director Mike Nichols laughing so hard that he had to be covered with a sound blanket. And that’s just it, if you want some deep down belly laughs this movie will do it for you.

Answer – That was unscripted, he really did fall, and he and Hank Azaria are holding back laughter.

6  Awakenings (1990)

Question – What happened in the scene where Dr. Sayer and the security guards are attempting to restrain Leonard?

I’ve been to a State Hospital (through my previous work as a medic) more times than I can count. They are very unpleasant yet bless those that work there to help the patients. This movie reminded me a lot of that though Robin Williams character is actually working specifically with catatonic patients. The emotion line of the film goes from low to high and back to low yet in the end a deep bond has been made.

Answer – Robin Williams accidentally hit Robert De Niro in the face with his elbow, breaking De Niro’s nose. De Niro later commented that his nose had been broken before, in the opposite direction, and this injury actually straightened it back out.

5  Dead Poets Society (1989)

Question – Do you know how poetry is rated? Neither did I until I found this.

Because of the incredible similarities between actual historic events and this movie, it is often shown to fraternity members during leadership seminars. Those historical events led to the creation of fraternal organizations at universities in the United States in the late 18th century.

It got dicey from here to #1 on my Top 10 Robin Williams Movies list because any of them could have landed in the spot.

Answer – It is the mathematical formula by Dr. J. Evans Pritchard – PxI=G.

4  One Hour Photo (2002)

Question – What happened at the Sundance Film Festival that made Robin Williams proud?

He shaved most of his entire visible body for this film because of his extraordinarily hairy body. Remember those little drive up windows where you get your photos processed in an hour? Did you ever pause to think that someone was looking at them? Hey, even if it was of a tree or your pet it always felt intrusive. This movie will magnify that concern ten fold.

Answer – He overheard viewers say they forgot it was Williams in the lead role 15 minutes into the film.

3  Good Will Hunting (1997)

Question – Who did producer Harvey Weinstein initially not want in the film?

“It’s not your fault” in the title references when Sean was holding Will and repeatedly telling him those four words to release a life long pain the kid had. This would be so true for a great many of us in our life.  Robin Williams has a few humorous moments but I loved this much more intense, wise, mentoring character he played. And yet he is also haunted by a pain of his own and the patient unintentionally helps the therapist too.

Answer– Minnie Driver for the role of Skylar, because he felt she wasn’t cute enough. Because Gus, Matt and Ben wanted her in the movie, Weinstein ultimately relented and Driver went on to scoop a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her efforts. Ha, in your face Weinstein!

2  Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

Question – What really happened in the scene where Mrs Sellner comes to inspect Daniel’s apartment and Daniel/Mrs. Doubtfire is serving her tea?

First and foremost this movie and Robin Williams character sings praises as to what lengths a father would go to be with his children. It’s absolutely ingenious to cleverly dress up as a nanny and of course an entire cascade of comedy ensues. It’s a feel good movie and we all need those.

Answer – The icing on his/her face is melting off. This was not intentional. The heat from the set lights melted the icing on his face and Robin Williams ad-libbed that scene.

1  Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)


Question – What was unique about each of Robin Williams (Adrian Cronauer’s) broadcasts in the film?

Here is the landing spot for #1 on my Top 10 Robin Williams Movies list and a big part of that is my trivia question answer. Add into that the indirect look it took at the Vietnam war from a radio entertainer’s perspective and the positive effect he had on the troops. It really stuck with me and made an impact in this movie portraying the real life radio genius, Adrian Cronauer himself.

Answer – He ad-libbed every single one of them. Wow!

As you can see your movies, persona and real life person really touched me as a fan Robin Williams. Thank you for all of those years and you will be greatly missed.

What is your favorite Robin Williams movie?

Phoenix and I are giving a shout out to our friend, Balroop, at Emotional Shadows! She is a nature lover, former teacher, an educationalist, a passionate reader and a published writer. She has a love for nature and writes a beautiful blog of thought, insight and sharing. I often “walk away” from one of her posts deep in thought after leaving a comment. I tell her from time to time that she reminds me of my aunt who has had an immensely strong spiritual impact on my life. It’s always a big compliment to you, our friend! Thank you so much for your support to Phoenix and I, Balroop! Please go check out her blog now at Emotional Shadows here!

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 40+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories, commentary, and (of course) my greatest love... my Golden Retriever, Phoenix.

  86 Responses to “Top 10 Robin Williams Movies, It’s Not Your Fault”

  1. Such sad, sad news and a lovely tribute to him. Whilst I love some of his more serious films (Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society) the combination of verbal and physical comedy with pathos in The Birdcage and Mrs Doubtfire make them favourites that I have watched again and again. RIP Robin.

    • Absolutely brilliant description of ” the combination of verbal and physical comedy with pathos”, Caz! I love that 🙂

  2. It is shocking….
    My first memories of him were from Mork & Mindy too – but I didn’t remember the show was a happy day’s spin off!

  3. I was hoping you’d make a list! I’m glad you included One Hour Photo. His loss is a big one, and will forever leave a gap in the world of entertainment.

    • He was so intrigued about his roles in both One Hour Photo and Insomnia because it was a totally different realm off the norm for him. To the point of being flat out frightening. Great job on both huh, Tarana? 🙂

  4. I’m still in shock! Such a sad end for an incredibly talented man! 🙁 I remember seeing him play Mork on Happy Days as well and have been a fan ever since. My favourite comedian after George Carlin. He did a routine about Viagra (check youtube), that’s completely side-splitting!
    Great list of movies, MIke and my faves from those would be “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Good Morning Vietnam” and “The Birdcage”. I also loved “Cadillac Man” – so funny! “Moscow on the Hudson” was pretty good too.

    • “Cadillac Man” and “Moscow on the Hudson” are both great additions as well, Debbie! I’ve watched that Viagra video several times you have to make sure you have no liquids in your mouth it’s so funny LOL! Yes Willliams, Carlin and Gleason would be 3 names that come right to mind 🙂

  5. I was so sad when I heard about Robin Williams’ passing the other day. I think what’s the most telling part of his death is that it really demonstrates how difficult depression is to beat sometimes. You can put on a happy face but still feel terrible inside. Like you and many others, he has a fond place in my movie and TV watching memories. I really wanted some rainbow suspenders when I was a kid. Thank you for this list as there are a few movies that I haven’t seen and others that I had not even heard of.

    • Agreed on depression…and addiction…and “you” can never know just deeply a person has reached a point of no return in their mind, Michele. Great memory on the rainbow suspenders! 🙂

  6. I have been offline since Friday (my internet connection has been having issues), so when I briefly logged in Monday evening (East African time) the first thing I see is Robin Williams gone – I’m shocked! Not watched any of the movies you listed, but I watched many of his interviews and he seemed to be such a cheerful and fun guy. R.I.P!

    • You are so spot on with how cheerful and fun he was along with being incredibly kind as a human being, Rachel! He has some fantastic interviews and stand up routines which you might enjoy 🙂

  7. I actually visited Keane, NH where Jumanji was filmed last fall. I had no idea they had no zoo! I guess Boston and Rhode Island do…
    My favorite is Hook not featured here. It’s so hard to have a favorite. I probably have 30.
    Loved him.

    • I run into that a lot with my Top 10’s Tamara…deciding a true favorite. Sometimes there is for me…sometimes it’s the whole lot of them. Very cool on being in Keane, NJ! 🙂

  8. It’s funny because as soon as I heard the news of Robin’s death, I wondered if you’d do a top 10 post for him, and lo and behold! It’s so sad – he was such a talent! And it’s so amazing that you mentioned “What Dreams May Come” first on your list. When I heard that he died as a result of suicide, this was his first movie that came to my mind. Such a great loss in the entertainment industry! And who knew that New Hampshire doesn’t have a zoo?! Wow!

    • Yes, that was really ironic on the movie “What Dreams May Come” and I listened to an NPR interview from 1997 today and he said something things that made my neck hairs rise. They were very prophetic, Dana. I was so surprised on the no zoo thing that I found too! 🙂

  9. All that laughter and talent hiding a very unhappy man. So very sad. I think Patch Adams was one of his best films because he broke my heart and made me laugh, too. I also loved his voice work (like in Happy Feet, he made that animated film, so so hysterical). One that stays with me when it was such a strange movie is Bicentennial Man. He just wanted to be legally considered human. Very good post. Thoughtful and inspiring, as usual. I always learn something when you do these top 10’s!

    • Thank you so very much, Nan, and I learn a lot from researching and writing them too! Awesome call on your part about his voice overs for many characters in film! Oh my gosh I loved those just as much. I always enjoy hearing about the readers on my Top 10 Movie posts and the movies that were a little off the main radar screen that they liked. Good choice on Bicentennial Man 🙂

  10. I’m am saddened by Robin Williams passing. I cried when I first heard the news and tears come to my eyes again reading over this post, knowing that we have lost a wonderful and funny person. It’s sad that someone who brought laughter to so many was hurting inside. Rest in peace Robin Williams, there is no doubt you will truly be missed.

    I love #1 Mike! Good Morning, Vietnam has always been a favourite of mine. I wanted to watch it last night except I couldn’t find my DVD.

    • I got choked up too, Jennifer, and it always makes me want to scream that of the thousands upon thousands of folks that commit suicide they always have someone a phone call away. Except under extreme circumstances. In Robin Williams case he had a million legit people around the world, literally, that he could have called that would have helped. Yes, Good Morning, Vietnam…and thanks for mentioning that! 🙂

  11. I must be the only person on the planet—no, in the Galaxy, who never watched Happy Days, so I had no idea that Mork and Mindy was a spin off. I’m very sad that a man who brought so much joy to so many had to battle demons. Not fair.

    • No, it’s not fair and I’m sure you are not the only one, Suzanne. There were likely thousands on Ork who never watched Happy Days either 🙂

  12. What a wonderful post to have put together. I have so much respect for the talent that was Robin Williams. He has caused many a belly laugh – and I envied him that talent. What a shame he was in such pain at the end.

    Loved Mrs. Doubtfire & Dead Poets Society. There are a few in this list I now really want to see.

    A great tribute to a genius of a man Mike.

    • Thank you very much, Leigh, as I really appreciate the compliments. Not only those laughs he gave all of us but being such a darn good person in real life! Some of the scenes in Mrs Doubtfire where he drops out of character and uses his Daniel voice 🙂 Bummer because Mrs Doubtfire 2 was coming out next year with Robin Williams.

  13. Thank you for doing this tribute to Robin Williams, so soon after this shocking event of ending a life too soon. I had just finished watching an interview from the late Christopher Reeves about Robin. He came to cheer up Christopher after his devastating accident that ended his career. Christopher’s last sentence is “Robin taught him to not give up, there is so much to live for.” How chilling that he helped so many and wasn’t able to find the same reason for living himself.

    • Your last sentence is perfectly accurate, Neva! They played both old interview with Robin Williams on NPR today…will be replayed at 9 p.m. tonight. And an interview with Reeves offering accolades to Robin Williams for his help after the accident. I loved that French Chateau in Utah 🙂

  14. Thank you for this wonderful post, Mike! I cried when I heard the news about Robin Williams. He was so amazing and yes, a big part of my childhood, youth, adult…well, he’s just always been there it seems. Your list is perfect. I read The World According to Garp (one of my favorite books of all time) in 1981. When I watched the movie I was so very impressed with it. It touched on feminists movement as well. I love the Birdcage and Dead Poet’s…it’s hard to play favorites. I haven’t seen your #10 so there’s something I should watch. Kingfisher was also really amazing.

    • The Fisher King was right on the threshold for me. I was super upset last night when I heard, Lisa, and I’ve tried to enjoy today as Robin Williams would want us all to. Smiling. It’s hard to do that and wow for an actor to have such a massive hit on the viewing public. I mean it’s been mainstream news for 24 hours now. And that says everything, huh? I didn’t read the book but I know it was fantastic from what I heard and you have reaffirmed 🙂

  15. An amaaaaaaazing genius.
    The world is LESS w/out him. So damn sad.
    Dead Poets Society is pure MAGIC. I’ve watched over and over. can’t get enough.
    When Robin says, “IT’s Not Your Fault.”
    I just kind of fall apart.

    xxxxx KISS for you and puppy.

    • I love how you used “MAGIC” to describe Dead Poets Society, Kim….it is exactly that! And yes on “It’s Not Your Fault…” I cried my eyes out at that part, our friend. xoxo’s 🙂

  16. I don’t believe Robin Williams has a bad film – The Fisher King has always been my favorite film of his. Nice tribute Mike.

    • Great perspective and I would agree with that, Maria! Excellent choice on The Fisher King and thank you 🙂

  17. Um, I think you made a mistake Mike. Mrs. Doubtfire should definitely be number one…wink, wink! I loved that feel good movie!

    • Total truth, Mrs Doubtfire was absolutely in my thoughts for #1,Corinne! It is a great, entertaining family movie. Very inspirational too 🙂

  18. This is a lovely post to commemorate the life and films of such an incredibly talented, and well-loved man. I’ve never watched Dead Poets Society so I will watch that soon. I think my Top 3 are Jumanji, Patch Adams, Good Will Hunting (which you had just recently featured a few posts prior), Good Morning Vietnam, and Mrs Doubtfire. Hmmm what d’know? Looks like narrowing it down to a Top 3 is impossible. I also remember watching Mork & Minday as a child and being drawn to the absurdity of it all, I think those kind of creative, imaginative and even absurd programmes are important for children.

    • You are spot on about good, healthy shows like that being great for a child’s imagination, Shing! Awesome point. You will love Dead Poets Society and yes it was a bugger narrowing down the rankings of the list the closer I got to #1. Lordy, I miss him. Thank you for the nice words too, our friend 🙂

  19. It was such sad news about his death. I am glad you paid tribute to him with this list. And there are actually a few of his movies I have not seen from this list – need to rectify this.

    • I’m always so frustrated with this type of loss of life, Bintu. In that any individual felt there was no way out of the depths of where they were at except a final choice. Thank you for the compliment 🙂

  20. Gosh, I think Mrs. Doubtfire was very good, but as a favourite of our children, I have seen it far toooo many times. I also liked the Birdcage very much as well. Just looking through your post, the variety of roles he performed is amazing. Such a loss.

    • Agreed Jan, just a terrible and unnecessary loss. The Birdcage has the most hysterical moments in it and you are right on his incredible diversity! We hope all is well with you guys 🙂

  21. I’m so glad you did this post, Mike. Like you, I’ve been a fan since as far back as I can remember (Mrs. Douptfire was a childhood favorite), he’s so funny and has such expressive, kind eyes, always a joy to watch on screen. I hope that it brings to discussion what a serious thing depression can be, and like any illness, it needs to be properly treated.

    • Yes, that discussion needs to be frequent, candid and yet very open so that folks know they can reach out. Mrs Doubtfire is awesome and I love the dedication he has to his children 🙂 You nailed it spot on with his very kind eyes as they represented the person who truly always was 🙂

  22. So sad and surprised to hear about Robin Williams’ death a few days back! I really like your tribute post to him though! My fav movie is Jumanji although there’s lots of good ones!!

    • What was so amazing about Jumanji was that Williams brought adults right into the mix to want to watch it alongside their children ya know, Michelle? So very sad indeed and I’m glad you liked it 🙂

  23. Jumanji is definitely my favourite movie of Robin Williams. I was heart-broken when I read the bad news :(.

    • Ah, I see it the favorite of a lot folks, Agness! Great choice 🙂 I was and still am heart-broken.

  24. Hands down, The Birdcage, is my favorite, although so many great performances. Dead Poets’ Society was another stellar performance. My friend was asking for favorite lines/quotes from Robin and I couldn’t think of one in particular but I do remember watching him on the actor’s studio one-on-one with James Lipton. It was a tremendous blend of Robin being Robin, but with a serious side as well. One of the best interviews I’ve seen with him. Okay, the line from The Bird Cage. And Fossi, Fossi, Fossi…. Genius.

    • Excellent quote and great memory, Patti! I love the Actors Studio shows with James Lipton and I did see the interview (unless there was more than one) with Robin Williams on it! He did an amazing interview on NPR yesterday (replayed from 1997) that was also very eerie. Agreed on The Birdcage (so funny and yet insightful) and the inspiration from Deads Poet Society is a must watch! 🙂

  25. I’ve had a hard time with Robin Williams’ death for many reasons, and I’ve been reading all the tributes, watching old clips and so on these past few days. Your list is great and you covered most of my favorites too. My husband and I wanted to share the talent of Williams with our 17-year-old son so we all watched “Mrs. Doubtfire” last night. We tried to find Good Will Hunting (which we also thought he would like), but couldn’t find it on netflix or apple TV. He was truly one of a kind…And, another reason he was awesome: he used to grant wishes of kids with cancer who asked to meet him as their “Make-A-Wish” and one girl recently recalled that when she met him, he cried at the end of their meeting because he said she had changed his life as much as he had changed hers…WOW.

    • I’m so glad you mentioned the “Make-A-Wish” story, Emily, as that and tons of others about him epitomized the deeply caring man he was. That is absolutely awesome that you guys were able to watch “Mrs Doubtfire”! Such a feel good movie. Sending your family lots of good thoughts and prayers and it’s wonderful to hear from you! 🙂

  26. Very sad news. Daughter loved Mrs. Doubfire and we recently watched Jack together. Also tried to get her to watch Popeye. I remember watching that as a kid with my cousin. He will be missed!

    • Like Maria mentioned above he really didn’t put a bad movie, Tony. So glad you two were able to enjoy “Mrs Doubtfire” together! He is missed terribly by me,sir.

  27. Nothing can beat Dead Poets Society I think. Such a big loss… I had to check the news a few times to really believe that this was true…

    • Excellent choice on “Dead Poets Society”, Rita. That is such a feel-good, inspirational movie that I would encourage everyone to see at least once! It’s truly a huge loss…and he had more movies coming up for us to enjoy.

  28. Hi Mike,

    I am so late this time but I must say your tribute to Robin Williams must have brought a lot of memories…it is so sad that we have lost another talented actor in such an unseemly manner. It is so unacceptable that such successful people too have their moments of dejection. How I wish we could do something for such persons who suffer alone!

    Thank you Mike for that lovely shout! I am so grateful to you and lovely Phoenix.

    • You are very welcome, Balroop, and we are as grateful back to you! 🙂 Yes, this is so tragic and hopefully brings to light again the very under appreciated need for society to address and support those in need who suffer from depression. You hit spot on…suffering alone. Unacceptable, isn’t it?

  29. Great choice, Good Morning, Vietnam is my favorite too…

  30. It was so very sad to hear about Robin Williams, he was such a beautiful soul – so loving, funny and full of life.
    I loved how much he could bright up a room whenever he walked into it. And the fact that he could “Ad Lib” most of his lines and get away with it shows how good he was an actor.
    Wished he realised how important he was to his family and to the world, and had enough to stay here.
    I loved Mrs Doubtfire – especially when he catches his chest on fire!! The smell of rubber would have been strong yet he still could crack a joke 🙂
    Those that have gone too soon are going to be remembered for ever more xxx
    Great post Mike.

    • Thank you for the compliment, Lisa! Yes, so much to live for and he gave and was still giving to millions of us fans and supporters. Mrs Doubtfire is absolutely hysterical and I love when he breaks character into his Daniel voice sometimes lol! He was one of the most amazing ad-libber ever in entertainment! 🙂

  31. So many great movies – he was such a great actor and a truly inspirational man, this is a lovely tribute to him.

    I remember when I was a kid and Awakenings was one of the only videos we had – I used to love it and watch it every other weekend! These days I can barely remember what happens, going to have to find it and watch it again!

    • Thank you so much Catherine and I absolutely loved Awakenings! That’s terrific that you enjoyed and hopefully you’ll get a rewatch again when you have time 🙂

  32. Such talent and so sad that he is now gone. I’ve seen all the movies you’ve featured here, most of them many more times than once 😉 Dead Poets’ and Good Will pull at my heartstrings the most, but he made so many awesome movies and acted in so many great roles.

    • You and I are on the exact same page on Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting with regard to heartstrings. He had movies coming up for the big screen too that we now will never get to see and enjoy. Yes, so very sad I saw today that more information came out regarding his health. It’s great to hear from you 🙂

  33. Mike, I came by because I missed you guys and saw that you have all of these posts. Apparently, no matter what I do, I’m still not getting your notifications. I’m following your blog from two different emails, but for some reason, I’ve missed any updates. At any rate, I just wanted to let you know. I have kind of fallen off of the face of the earth this summer and can’t wait for school to start again so that I can get back into my routine. I miss my blogger friends.

    Having said all of that, what a great tribute to stumble upon. I loved Robin Williams and was so saddened by his passing. I loved his stand up I think the most, but Mrs. Doubtfire and Jumanji are at the top of my list for sure.

    I always walk away from your posts like this one feeling like I’ve just sat through a Cinema class. Thanks for all of the trivial knowledge.

    Give Phoenix a pat for me and tell him his friend Mandi misses his face.

    • Wowee, what an AWESOME surprise and a great start to our weekend to hear from one of favorite blogger friends! I understand on your summer, Mandi 🙂 Phoenix sends a BIG hello back to you! 🙂

      Thank you for the incredible compliments, our friend! I have been temporarily bummed here and there over my lifetime when an actor/actress passes away. When I heard about Robin Williams I literally had tears in my eyes. Great choices on the movies and his stand up routines are so awesome! I want to go find that gig that he, Whoopi and Billy Crystal did online. Remember that? Have an incredibly wonderful day! 🙂

  34. I continue to be amazed at the impact this man’s death has had on the world. . .wouldn’t it be nice to think you’d lived your life in such a way that your passing would so strongly impact others? A lot of work went into this post Mike – good job indeed!

    • Thank you so much Jackie! Yes, it is amazing the impact he had and it’s so nice to hear that millions of others were saddened like I was….and still am. You are so right about the legacy we leave behind, our friend 🙂

  35. I had to wait a couple of days to read this, Mike. I knew you’d have clips. I am so, so heartbroken about Robin Williams and still in a little bit of shock. He was a genius no matter the platform but especially comedy. The world has lost one of it’s brightest lights.

    The clip from What Dreams May Come was especially hard. But you did such a wonderful tribute to him here. Such talent. Gone.

    • Quite the sad irony with What Dreams May Come huh, Sandy? You said it well as I too am still in a bit of shock. Absolute genius and it really bums me out. Thank you for the compliment 🙂

  36. Thanks for this tribute, Mike. So sorry he is gone.
    My first Robin Williams movie was Mrs Doubtfire (1995). But, the favorite is Moscow on the Hudson (1984). I will watch it again tonight.
    Rest in peace, William.

    • Great choice on both of your movies and I’m jazzed that Moscow on the Hudson is your favorite! Amen to rest in peace. We hope you’re having a great weekend, Alex! 🙂

  37. It so sad to loose such a great talent and wonderful man. Beautiful tribute Mike.
    I loved all his movies and it’s difficult to pick just one. He will be missed.

    • It is very sad indeed and thank you for the compliment, Freya! I agree with you on the difficulty of picking just one 🙂

  38. The passing of Robin Williams has been so terribly sad. Thank you for putting together this wonderful montage of clips and text. Despite the sadness of it all, several of the clips did bring a smile to my face. I thought Good Will Hunting was a super film, and I even flipped over to Rotten Tomatoes to remind myself. Thanks again.

    • You mentioned smiling, Wanda, and I believe that Robin Williams would all want us to be doing just that. We can never know his personal pain and then now come to find out he had Parkinson’s Disease of which I’m VERY familiar with. It’s wonderful to hear from you! 🙂

  39. I didn’t know the answers to any of the questions, but I learned a lot and enjoyed every minute. And you’ve certainly made me admire Robin Williams more. Especially for his improvisation skills

    • My trivia questions are never for user friendly participation but for fun insight to a lot of the behind the scenes stuff. Heck, point blank, I couldn’t answer my own trivia questions, Mette, ha, ha! 🙂 Totally agree with you on his improvisational skills. We hope you are having a great day! 🙂

  40. A very poignant and emotional post Mike, I remember him most fondly in his role in Good Will Hunting – such a talented man.

    • Yes, Good Will Hunting is (obviously) a favorite of mine too, Becky. Thank you for the compliment 🙂

  41. What a sad, sad moment in the world to lose such a man. A man that brought only happiness and joy to everyone that met him, whether in real life or on the screen.

    I firs saw Robin Williams in Mork and Mindy and I loved him ever since. My favourite has always been Good Morning Vietnam.

    Thanks so much for all the trivia questions and answers and it gave me even more of an insight as to what an incredible man he was. He will be sorely missed.

    • I was just a bit ahead of you in catching it on Happy Days first then Mork and Mindy spun off from there, Peter. I enjoy offering the trivia for more information on each movie as opposed to folks actually being able to guess them 🙂 I still am stinging from this loss.

  42. I love this list, a wonderful tribute, thank you for sharing it. My favorite of these will always be Awakenings. It is such a lovely movie.

    • That is an excellent choice, Elizabeth! And you can’t go wrong with adding Robert DeNiro into the mix, right? 🙂

  43. He was a great actor and his death is a loss to all of us. He was such an amazing ad libber. SO funny! He will be missed.

  44. Robin Williams was brilliant, no doubt about it. There’s a few movies in here that I haven’t seen and now I want to. His death is a huge loss.

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