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‘Mrs Doubtfire’ Fame Robin Williams Dead: Filmography, Reactions

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Legendary Hollywood actor Robin Williams of “Mrs. Doubtfire” fame is no more and the whole Hollywood industry was taken aback to learn the news of his sad demise on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California. He was 63.

The comedian who was able to enthrall millions of kids and adults equally across the world with his unique and awe-inspiring roles in “Jummanji” and “Night at the Museum” will be missed by the genre forever.

The planned sequel to Museum series “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” where he plays the statue of Teddy Roosevelt and another holiday comedy “Merry Friggin’ Christmas” may face delays in view of his sudden demise. Even the planned sequel to the 1993 hit “Mrs. Doubtfire” will be doubtful to see the screens.

He began his career with lending the voice of Disney’s blue Genie in “Aladdin”, as a quirky extraterrestrial in the late 1970s TV comedy “Mork & Mindy”, to his portrayal of a fatherly therapist in the 1997 drama “Good Will Hunting,” for which he earned his Oscar too.

Williams was undergoing chronic spells of severe depression of late and his publicist Mara Buxbaum. He was an alcoholic in the past. His wife Susan Schneider said, “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.”

The Marin County Sheriff’s coroner’s division said the death could be due to asphyxia, but the cause will be revealed after the autopsy that will be conducted today.

The fans and admirers of Williams left flowers at his home near Tiburon, north of San Francisco.
U.S. President Barack Obama said, “He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.”

“Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him,” said Steven Spielberg, whose 1991 film “Hook” featured him as Peter Pan.

Williams was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in suburban Detroit and entered the Hollywood industry in the 1970s as a voice artist and earned four Academy Award nominations, the first for role as an army radio host Adrian Cronauer during the Vietnam War in “Good Morning, Vietnam.”

In his final posting on Twitter on July 31 was about his wishes for his daughter Zelda a happy 25th birthday. Late on Monday, Zelda wrote on Twitter: “I love you. I miss you. I’ll try to keep looking up.”

Bollywood too reacted to his untimely demise. Abhishek Bachchan ‏@juniorbachchan said, “Oh captain, my…… terrible news about the passing of one of my favourite actors. Mr. Robin Williams. This is the 1st time he made anyone cry.”

Robin Williams’s Filmography:

Year Title Role
1977 Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses?
1980 Popeye Popeye
1982 The World According to Garp T.S. Garp
1983 The Survivors Donald Quinelle
1984 Moscow on the Hudson Vladimir Ivanov Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
1986 Seize the Day Tommy Wilhelm
1986 Club Paradise Jack Moniker
1986 The Best of Times Jack Dundee 2
1987 Good Morning, Vietnam Adrian Cronauer – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
1988 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen King of the Moon
1988 Portrait of a White Marriage Air conditioning salesman Uncredited
1988 Rabbit Ears: Pecos Bill Narrator Voice role
1989 Dead Poets Society John Keating Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
1989 I’m from Hollywood Himself
1990 Cadillac Man Joey O’Brien
1990 Awakenings Dr. Malcolm Sayer National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
1990 Back to Neverland Himself
1991 Dead Again Doctor Cozy Carlisle
1991 The Fisher King Henry “Parry” Sagan Golden Globe Award for Best Actor –
1991 Hook Peter Banning/Peter Pan
1991 Rabbit Ears: The Fool and the Flying Ship Narrator Voice role
1992 Toys Leslie Zevo Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
1992 Aladdin Genie / Merchant Voice role
1992 The Timekeeper The Timekeeper Voice role
1992 FernGully: The Last Rainforest Batty Koda Voice role
1992 Shakes the Clown Mime class instructor
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire
1994 Being Human Hector
1994 In Search of Dr. Seuss Father
1995 Jumanji Alan Parrish Nominated – Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actor
1995 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
1995 Nine Months Dr. Kosevich
1996 Aladdin and the King of Thieves Genie Voice role
1996 Hamlet Osric
1996 The Secret Agent The Professor
1996 Jack Jack Powell Nominated – Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actor
1996 The Birdcage Armand Goldman
1997 Good Will Hunting Sean Maguire
1997 Flubber Professor Philip Brainard
1997 Deconstructing Harry Mel
1997 Fathers’ Day Dale Putley
1998 Patch Adams Hunter “Patch” Adams
1998 Junket Whore Himself
1998 What Dreams May Come Chris Nielsen
1999 Bicentennial Man
1999 Jakob the Liar Jakob Heym / Narrator
1999 Get Bruce Himself
2000 Model Behavior Faremain
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Dr. Know Voice role
2002 The Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch Hans Hänkie
2002 Insomnia Walter Finch Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2002 Death to Smoochy
2002 One Hour Photo Seymour “Sy” Parrish
2004 Noel Charlie Boyd Uncredited
2004 House of D Pappass
2004 The Final Cut Alan W. Hakman
2005 The Big White Paul Barnell
2005 Robots Fender Voice role
2005 The Aristocrats Himself
2006 Man of the Year Tom Dobbs
2006 Night at the Museum Theodore Roosevelt
2006 Happy Feet Ramon / Lovelace Voice role
2006 Everyone’s Hero Napoleon Cross Voice role
2006 RV Bob Munro
2006 The Night Listener Gabriel Noone
2007 License to Wed Reverend Frank
2007 August Rush Maxwell “Wizard” Wallace
2009 Shrink Jack Holden
2009 World’s Greatest Dad Lance Clayton
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Theodore Roosevelt
2009 Old Dogs Dan Rayburn
2011 Happy Feet Two Ramon / Lovelace Voice role
2011 Stage Left: A Story of Theater in the Bay Area Himself Documentary
2013 The Big Wedding Father Monighan
2013 The Face of Love Roger
2013 The Butler Dwight D. Eisenhower
2014 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn[1] Henry Altmann
2014 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Theodore Roosevelt Post-production
2014 Boulevard[2] Nolan Mack
2014 Merry Friggin’ Christmas Mitch Post-production
2015 Absolutely Anything Dennis the Dog

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