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Remembering robin williams' iconic roles

The beloved actor would’ve turned 70 this year.

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“O Captain! My Captain!” Williams’ stirring role as a teacher at an all-boys’ boarding school inspired a generation of young people to stand on desks.

John Keating, Dead Poets Society

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If we rub enough lamps, one day we hope to have a friend like the Genie from Disney’s 1992 animated musical.

Genie, Aladdin

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Williams played a therapist to Matt Damon’s character. Remember, “It’s not your fault.”

Sean Maguire, Good Will Hunting

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He immortalized the 1960s radio personality Cronauer in the 1987 film, winning the Golden Globe for best actor.

Adrian Cronauer, Good Morning, Vietnam

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As the wax president says, quoting Shakespeare, “Some men are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them.” Williams was certainly great.

teddy Roosevelt, Night at the Museum

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Williams played the titular nanny, who is actually divorcé Daniel Hillard in drag so he can spend time with his children.

Daniel Hillard, Mrs. Doubtfire

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In stark contrast to his comedic roles, Williams played the villain in Christopher Nolan’s film. He had the range!

Walter Finch, Insomnia

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This sweet and silly, family-friendly movie may not be the most critically acclaimed, but it certainly is heartwarming. 

Philip Brainard, Flubber

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Jumanji was the 10th highest grossing movie of 1995 and inspired sequels in 2017 and 2019 starring Dwayne Johnson. But we’ll always fondly remember Williams as Alan.

Alan Parrish, Jumanji

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