The Robin Williams You May Have Overlooked


The shocking news of Robin Williams’s sad death brought back a flood of memories for the countless fans he entertained since the 1970s.

Most anyone you stopped on the street would have no trouble rattling off some of their favorites: Mork, Garp, Good Morning, Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Birdcage, Aladdin, Dead Poets Society, the Oscar-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, the list goes on and on.

From movies to TV to standup to epic talk show appearances, Williams was such a unique, versatile talent that his absence just doesn’t seem possible.

He’s always been there, hasn’t he?

In a resume littered with hits (and, like any performer, some big misses), here are some highlights you may have missed:


The Face of Love (2013)

Williams plays a lonely widowed neighbor with a crush. Annette Bening is the object of his admiration, but she’s gotten herself into an odd relationship with Ed Harris. Though the writing isn’t strong, Williams and his veteran co-stars offer wonderful performances.


The Night Listener (2006)

Inspired by a true story, Williams is riveting as a radio host who becomes intrigued by the story of a young fan, only to find himself caught in a dangerous game of deception.


One Hour Photo (2002)

Speaking of dangerous, Williams gives a haunting performance as a lonely photo lab employee who becomes obsessed with a family that frequents his store.


Insomnia (2002)

2002 was the year Williams went dark. In this smart, tense thriller from director Christopher Nolan, Williams goes head to head with Al Pacino as a murderer drawing a famous cop into a cat and mouse game.


The Fisher King (1991)

Williams’s zany brilliance is fully realized in director Terry Gilliam’s eccentric story of a suicidal man (Jeff Bridges) trying to atone for a mistake that forever altered the life of a homeless man (Williams).


RIP Mr.Williams, we’ll miss ya.

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