It's hard to believe it's been three years since Robin Williams' tragic death in 2014. There's no question that the beloved comedian and actor remains in our hearts and minds. And today, we pay tribute to him by keeping his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers, and by remembering our favorite moments that he blessed us all with and the memories he left behind.
For people of a certain age, Mrs. Doubtfire will forever be synonymous with Christmas holidays spent in front of the TV. Williams's hilarious, yet touching portrayal of a man so desperate to see his children after his marriage split — he poses as their Scottish nanny — is one of the defining roles of his career. Here's a snap from one of our favorite scenes, where Mrs. Doubtfire sets her rubber bosoms on fire while trying to cook dinner. It's always awkward when that happens!
A middle-aged Robin returns from 26 years trapped in Jumanji, to the tragic news that his family is long gone. Confronted by a baby Kirsten Dunst, Williams is astounded to find the year is now 1995 and our hearts break with him as he realizes the world has moved on without him.
A special Golden Globe was created to honor Robin's incredible performance as the genie — where he uses his true talent for accents and impersonations to switch between voices with ease.
Potentially our favorite tweet of all time. Robin waded into the "who wore it best" debate by tweeting a picture of Kim Kardashian in her floral full-length dress, along with a snap of Mrs. Doubtfire in a similar outfit. "I think I wore it better," Williams captioned the snap.
I think I wore it better! pic.twitter.com/Cv0XtebBIX— Robin Williams (@robinwilliams) May 8, 2013
I think I wore it better! pic.twitter.com/Cv0XtebBIX
Playing an unconventional teacher in an upmarket boarding school, Williams shines in this rare dramatic role. Favorite moment — his famous "Carpe Diem" speech.
In another dramatic performance, Williams plays the role of a shop worker who becomes obsessed with a young family living in the same town as him. Despite his comedic nature, Williams proves his worth as a tragic and hapless figure.
While appearing on Ellen DeGeneres's talk show, Robin was challenged to do as many different accents as possible to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims. He didn't disappoint.
Playing Jack, the young boy who ages four times as fast as everyone else due to a genetic condition, Williams lends his perfect blend of comedy and tenderness to a film which is both funny and heartbreaking. Best moment: his high school graduation speech as an "old man."
Who can forget the scene where a 30 strong table of boys and Williams begin having a fight with their imaginary, brightly-colored food? It's all fun and games until Rufio typically takes it too far--throwing a coconut straight at Williams. Luckily, he's got it covered, slicing it straight in two with his sword.
Using another of his inspired accents, Robin has a cameo role with Billy Crystal, where Crystal announces he has been sleeping with Robin's wife. You have to watch it.
Rest in peace, Robin Williams!
h/t Ellie Hooper, Closer Online
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