A year ago today, August 8th 2014, the world lost one of its most beloved actors – Robin Williams. With 103 acting credits, 73 award nominations, and 62 wins, Williams was a household name and someone who everyone adored. Best known for his roles in Jumanji (1995), Dead Poets Society (1989), Good Will Hunting (1997), and the voice of the beloved genie in Aladdin (1992), the death of Williams came as a shock to many.
Williams lives on through his many films, from comedic to dramatic. I remember seeing Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) as a young girl and laughing hysterically over the scene in which Williams must substitute frosting for a face mask. When I had aged enough to understand his more serious roles, I cried in a classroom full of students over Dead Poets Society (1989). Williams had an amazing way about him, his acting always pulled you in and kept you there for the duration of the film.
Robin Williams took much of his inspiration from Jonathan Winters, improvising often, especially in his comedic roles. He later went on to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Good Will Hunting. He could play any part and lend his voice to any character.
Fans of Robin Williams will have one last chance to see, or at least hear, their favorite actor in upcoming animated film, Absolutely Anything. The movie is about a teacher, Neil Clarke (Simon Pegg), who finds himself with powers thrust upon him by a group of aliens. Williams’ voices Neil’s dog, Dennis, who sticks by his side throughout their adventure. The film is set to release in the UK on August 14th.