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Tuesday 12 August 2014
Words Ailis Mara

We’re super sad that the much-loved actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away on yesterday afternoon. Best known for his uncanny impressions and quick humour, Williams was born in Chicago on the 21st of July 1951. Describing himself as a quiet child, it wasn’t until he joined the high school drama group that Williams started to come out of his shell. In 1973, he became one of only two students to be accepted into the Advanced Programme of the renowned Juilliard School. By the end of the decade he had his breakthrough with TV series ‘Mork and Mindy,’ playing alien character Mork who comically observed human life. Subsequently, his stand-up comedy began reaching wider audiences, and by 1987 he had won a Golden Globe and Funniest Actor at the American Comedy Awards for his performance in Good Morning Vietnam.

William’s success continued throughout the 90’s, where he obtained some his best-loved roles and bemused many of our childhoods with Jumanji, Hook, Aladdin and of course, Mrs Doubtfire. His line of triumphs continued before he finally acquired his first Oscar in 1998 for Good Will Hunting, where he took on more serious roles but also continued to work on family favourites such as Night at the Museum and Happy Feet.

A sequel to Mrs Doubtfire had been rumoured to start taking place, however we will still have the chance to see William’s extraordinary talent in the third Night at the Museum later this year, as well as Christmas film Merry Friggin’ Christmas.

Here’s our favourite clips from Robin Williams:

Good Morning Vietnam

Mrs Doubtfire

Good Will Hunting

Dead Poets Society


Words: Kayla Joleen