Robin Williams in memoriam: TV joy-maker from 'Mork & Mindy' to 'The Crazy Ones'Add to Favorites | The Crazy Ones
The legendary actor died by apparent suicide on Monday, Aug. 11, and the world of entertainment -- not to mention the world as a whole -- is the poorer for it. Just a look at the man's acting history is enough to make that clear.
From his first appearance on "Happy Days" (yes "Happy Days") as a weird alien through that role on "Mork & Mindy," movie stardom, an Oscar and up to last season's criminally under-watched "The Crazy Ones," Williams brought nothing but happiness to the world. How much influence has this man had? Here are just a few of his most amazing credits.
'Happy Days' (1978, 1979)
Williams, early in his career as a comedian at the time, appeared in two "Happy Days" episodes as Mork, the character that would bring him fame in a spinoff.
'Mork & Mindy' (1978-82)
There has never been an odder couple. It was beautiful.
'The World According to Garp' (1982)
Williams' second starring role (1980's "Popeye" was the first") on the big screen remains a classic more than 30 years later.
'Good Morning, Vietnam' (1987)
Just try to think about that title without hearing Williams' distinctive call.
'Dead Poets Society' (1989)
So moving that its final scene has become a pop-cultur touchstone, "Dead Poets Society" gave Williams his first truly serious role. How great was that? Let's just say one of Williams' speeches from the film recently provided beautiful voiceover for a tech commercial.
Peter Pan grew up but still remained magical. Only Williams could have done it.
Be honest: Do you remember anything else from this movie?
'Mrs. Doubtfire' (1993)
'The Birdcage' (1996)
Remember when a gay couple in a light movie could seem so controversial? Williams' interpretation of dance styles remains a classic moment.
'Good Will Hunting' (1997)
It took this long for Robin Williams to get his first and only Oscar. For most actors, this would have been a career-defining performance. It's just one of many for Williams.
'Night at the Museum' (2006)
Who knew Williams would be such an effective Teddy Roosevelt?
'The Crazy Ones' (2013-14)
TV audiences may not have been ready for Williams' TV comeback, but it turned out to be our last chance. At least it was a good one.