"Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." Who could forget John Keating in Dead Poets Society? If you want to pass this quiz, you better hope you haven't! Can you recognize the Robin Williams film from a screenshot? Let's find out!
Born in Chicago in 1951, the legendary Robin Williams got his career start as a stand-up comedian. After giving laughs to guests in small theaters, his talent was introduced to the entire world. Williams first got his break out TV role in the classic series Happy Days as an alien, Mork. His widely praised performance landed him his own spin-off, and his career took off from there.
Robin Williams first got his huge break in the 1980 film Popeye as the title character. His second film job, the talented actor would go on to appear in numerous acclaimed film. With his highly impressive resume, you'll find Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Hook, Jumanji, and Good Will Hunting. And how could you forget him as the voice of Genie in Aladdin? During his lifetime, Robin Williams won an impressive six Golden Globes, one Academy Award, four Grammy Awards, and three Emmy Awards.
With all these films and awards, it's no wonder why Robin Williams is considered one of the best actors to grace the screen. There are over 50 films in his impressive roster. Can you remember them all? Can you recognize his disguise as an elderly housekeeper? Can you spot the difference between John Keating in Dead Poets Society and Sean Maguire of Good Will Hunting?
Let the laughs begin!
Robin Williams was always the number one pick for voice of Genie in the film Aladdin. The film's directors approached Eric Goldberg about trying to win Williams over for the part in the best way they thought was possible. Goldberg was the responsible for the animation team that was in charge of creating the character Genie. He was told by the film's directors that the animation team needed to "Pick a couple of sections from his comedy albums and animate a genie to them." Goldberg stated, "That’s essentially what I did." When Williams came in to see the test animation , Goldberg remembered Williams reaction, "I think what probably sold him was the one where he says, "Tonight, let’s talk about the serious subject of schizophrenia—No, it doesn’t!—Shut up, let him talk!" What I did is animate the Genie growing another head to argue with himself, and Robin just laughed. He could see the potential of what the character could be. I’m sure it wasn’t the only factor, but then he signed the dotted line."
Robin Williams was known for his sense of humor and he had a particular love for the Mrs. Doubtfire character. For some laughs, Williams decided to go in full costume to a sex store in San Francisco and attempted to buy merchandise as Mrs. Doubtfire. Williams almost pulled it off but then the employee realized he wasn't selling the merchandise to an elderly woman but to Mr. Robin Williams and the gig was up!
In Keene, New Hampshire, one of the towns where "Jumanji" was filmed, visitors might be surprised to see a fictional Parrish Shoe sign still painted on the side of a building. This sign remained after the filming ended and has become a memorial for the late Robin Williams. Mourners have come to visit and to pay tribute to the late actor by leaving flowers and lit candles below the Parrish Shoes sign.
The famous acting duo of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, tried their luck with writing and together created the screenplay for "Good Will Hunting". Damon and Affleck actually ended up taking home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay at the 70th annual Academy Awards for their writing efforts . The creative duo had previously given the original script for the movie to the Oscar voters in order to allow the voters to compare notes while watching the finalized film. Who knows if pair's tactic with the voters put the odds in their favor for the Oscar win.
Because of the film "Hook", Robin Williams and Steven Spielberg met and bonded instantly. After spending so much time together during production days they became best friends and had a lasting friendship until Williams untimely end. After the death of his friend, Spielberg reportedly decided to watch "Hook" out of remembrance for his friend, but couldn't finish the movie due to Spielberg feeling immense sadness and unable to stop crying.
When Williams first delved into his character in this film, his portrayal of Keating was "wooden and uncomfortable", so film director Peter Weir had the brilliant idea to have Williams incorporate his improv skills. Apparently, Weir asked Williams what he would want to “teach” the class, and Robin Williams replied with Shakespeare. So then Williams just went with it and did an improv of Marlon Brando and John Wayne doing Shakespeare, this is a scene that made it into the movie. With that little exercise in creativity, Williams was able to relax into the Keating role and production flowed normally from there on out. When asked, the film's producers estimated that about 15% of Robin Williams' dialogue in the movie was actually improvised by the late actor.
Though the title implies this film was shot in Vietnam, the production actually took place mostly in Bangkok, Thailand. The production crew even ended up recruiting several hundred male students from the International School of Bangkok. These recruited students acted as extras in the numerous shots that showcased American GI's in the film. As a thank you for their volunteered time, Robin Williams ended up performing one of his stand-up routines at the school for the students to enjoy.
It was said that during film production Robin Williams would often goof off or play jokes on the cast and crew in between takes. One of the film's producer even said that Williams burst out of a doorway completely naked during shooting for a chase scene. Apparently working with Robin Williams meant there never was a dull moment!
The idea for the film's title is taken from one of William Shakespeare's works. It comes from a poetic line in "Hamlet", Act 3, Scene 1: "To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil must give us pause...".
During filming of The Fisher King, Robin Williams was incredibly hard to work with since he always wanted to do one more take even when every cast member had given their all while shooting. While working with Williams, Director Terry Gilliam recalled one particular memory, "The last shot we had to do was Robin running at the end of this scene, in this hysterical state. You can even see the light ever so slightly beginning to come on the river in the background. But Robin was so angry because it was such a crucial moment, and he felt he’d been cheated of his ability to really give this moment his all. And Robin was an incredibly strong guy: When he’d worked himself into this state of madness for the part, nobody could approach him. The first assistant, the stunt guy … nobody wanted to get near him. They were terrified. So, I had to go up there and tell him, ‘Robin, what we have here is very good. And if we look at the rushes and it isn’t, I promise you I will reshoot it.’ And I had to hug him basically, and hold him. I could feel these muscles that were so tense and so strong, they felt like they could easily rip my head off."
One of the directors Mike Nichols, had to keep actors, Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, from getting too carried away with using their improv skills instead of sticking to the movie script. In a interview Nichols revealed , "We had a rule on the picture, the actors would do the written script until I was satisfied and then we would do one take in which they could improvise. Given this cast, there were obviously some improvs that were insanely funny, but didn't fit the story. But there are moments all through the picture that are improvised and were perfect."
"Boulevard" ended up being the late actor Robin Williams' final leading role. This was due to Williams passing just shortly after the film was released. In this dramatic film, Williams played Nolan Mack, a man that has had to ignore is sexuality for years and struggles with never being able to express his true self.
Accidents happen while working on sets especially when actors have to be physical in acting out a scene. This was the case for Robin Williams, who accidentally elbowed Robert De Niro in the face during the filming of the scene where Dr. Sayer and the security guards engage in trying to restrain Leonard. The elbow to the face resulted in De Niro's nose ending up being broken. When asked later about it, De Niro stated that unfortunately his nose had been broken before but in the other direction. The incident with Williams apparently straightened his nose back out!
While the film was undergoing production, Robin Williams as well as the entire cast and crew of the film, decided to do something wonderful and work with Make-A-Wish Foundation to ensure that several children, who were undergoing cancer treatment at the time, could have their dreams come true. In the movie, the Make-A-Wish children also make quick cameo appearances in the pediatric wards alongside Wiliams' character Patch Adams.
Unfortunately "Bicentennial Man" was a huge flop at the box office. Robin Williams blamed this outcome at the box office on the fact that Disney had insisted on a $20 million cut to the movie budget. Williams felt that Disney's lack of marketing and the loss of film content due to the budget cuts was the underlying reasoning for the film not being a successful endeavor. Due to his strong opinions on what went wrong, Robin Williams, ended up having yet another fall-out with Disney.
There is a scene in the movie when Ben Stiller's character, Larry, asks Theodore Roosevelt, played by Robin Williams, if he can ask him a question. To which William's character Roosevelt replies 'Yes, but only one' and Larry replies, 'What is this, some kind of three wishes thing?'. This little exchange between Stiller and Williams' characters is a playful joke that references Robin William's work as the Genie in Disney's Aladdin.
The film's director, John Hughes, always felt Robin Williams was his first pick for taking the lead role in "Flubber". But unfortunately at the time when production of the movie was first announced and the early stages of casting set in motion, Hughes learned that Williams was available. This was because at that particular time, Williams was going through a fall out with Disney and he was refusing to be in films. Thankfully, the issues between Robin Williams and Disney fizzled out and upon hearing the new Hughes quickly contacted Williams for the role of Professor Philip Brainard.
When we think of Robin Williams we primarily think of his various comedic roles, but his role in "Insomnia" as Walter Finch, was definitely different than we are used to seeing. In fact "Insomnia" is one of two thrillers where Robin Williams stars in his acting career. The only other thriller he worked on was the movie "One Hour Photo", both of these films released in the same year.
Originally, Robin Williams, had not planned on taking on a major role in the film "The World's Greatest Dad". Instead, Williams had considered taking on a smaller part in the movie just as a favor to the film's director and long time friend, Bobcat Goldthwait. But upon sitting down and actually reading through the script, Robin Williams was beyond impressed with the comedy and requested a larger role in the movie. Goldthwait obliged and eagerly gave Williams the leading role of Lance Clayton.
Everyone knows Robin Williams had a long standing career in the film industry, starring in countless different things from TV series, to movies, and even a career in stand up comedy. But his debut into the Hollywood film industry was in the 1980 film "Popeye" starring as Popeye. Though the film wasn't as big as a hit as the movie studios expected, it gave Williams experience and marked the start for the late actor's successful Hollywood career.
Robin Williams took his role in this movie very seriously. In order to prep himself for his role Williams studied Soviet customs and worked on learning the Russian language for a year. There were reports of Robin spending up to five hours a day practicing the language, which in turn paid off when he was able to speak it pretty well in about a months time. By the time filming was under way he was proficient enough in the language to carry out a full conversation.
Due to his personal issues with Walt Disney Studios, Robin Williams had decided he needed a break from working in film altogether. So originally when he was approached by the casting crew about taking on the leading role in "Jack", Robin said he was unavailable. But once Disney issued a formal apology to Williams, he was coaxed into agreeing with accepting the movie script. Disney apologized for going back on their deal with Williams where the studio was supposed to keep his name out of the marketing for Aladdin but actually didn't.
When it came to meeting the expected release date, the film ran into quite a few emotional road blocks that ended up postponing it. In fact, the film's release date was postponed three times! The first reason ended up being due to the sudden and untimely death of Bernie Mac. Then the very sudden passing of John Travolta and Kelly Preston's son, Jett Travolta, pushed the timeline back once more. The third reason was because Robin Williams had a health scare that required him to undergo surgery right away. Eventually, the movie was finally released on November 25th, 2009.
"Death to Smoochy" mocks the old children's television show Barney. This dark humored movie did alright with critics and audiences alike in terms of popularity. In fact, at least according to complex.com, the movie "Death to Smoochy" was ranked number 46 on their list of 50 funniest movies of all time.
James Earl Jones is an iconic and experienced Hollywood actor who is probably best known for his one of a kind bass voice. But most never would guess that James Earl Jones used to have a stutter! In this particular film, he plays the stuttering shop clerk and was able to use his past experience with having stutter to only better his performance.
In this film Robin Williams plays the role of a father (Bob Munro) that rents an RV to take his dysfunctional family on a road trip. Here is a hilarious exchange between Bob and his children as they first are shown the RV. Bob Munro: Welcome aboard, everybody. Before we embark, I think we should give this beauty a name. Suggestions? Cassie Munro: The Big Turd. Carl Munro: The Big Rolling Turd? Bob Munro: In that spirit, we set forth.
"A Merry Friggin' Christmas" was the second holiday movie the Robin Williams was ever cast in, with the first being the film "Noel" as an uncredited role. "A Merry Friggin' Christmas" was also the first of the three movies that were released after the untimely death of Robin Williams and as tribute to him after he passed the production recut the final movie to remember the late actor.
At the 1983 Academy Awards ceremony, "The World According to Garp" was one of three films providing four performances that had Oscar nominations for drag, which was an all-time record for any given one year. The three nominated motion picture and their actors were: Dustin Hoffman for "Tootsie" (1982); Julie Andrews and Robert Preston for "Victor Victoria" (1982) and John Lithgow for The "World According to Garp" (1982).
It seems that Mr. Williams had the tendency to find interest in playing the role of President. When looking over his different film roles in the industry, we notice that he has played a Presidential role three times. Once as President Dwight D. Eisenhower in "The Butler" (2013). Then in the "Night at the Museum" (2006) he played a magically-brought-to-life wax figure of President Theodore Roosevelt, and lastly in "Man of the Year" (2006) he played a fictionalized President.
It is a well know fact that Robin Williams relied on his improvisation skills and comedic flare more than just strictly sticking to the dialogue of a screen play. When working on the movie "Man of the Year", the situation was no different. In fact for this particular role as Tom Dobbs, Robin Williams decided to base his performance on a combination of his own stand up routine and that of Jay Leno's.
Here's a slightly funny but touching excerpt from the film featuring Robin Williams' character (Reverend Frank) and John Krasinski's character (Ben Murphy): Ben Murphy: Hey, can I ask you a question? Reverend Frank: Sure. Ben Murphy: When did you really know that we were ready to get married? Reverend Frank: The moment you told Joel that Sadie wasn't a fish, I knew it was meant to be. Besides, anybody who kicks a reverend's ass for his woman, you're A-okay in my book.
Robin Williams had a long standing career with doing voice overs for animated movies through his time in Hollywood. Believe it or not, FernGully was actually Robin Williams’s first role in an animated film and a very memorable one at that! Williams lent his voice for the role of Batty Koda, the character that is showcased in the screenshot.
For this particular film, Robin Williams not only took on the lead character role of Jakob but he was also credited as an executive producer for the movie. A little fun fact about the film is even though thematically "Jakob the Liar" is close to the same tone and subject of Roberto Benigni's film, "Life Is Beautiful" (1997), "Jakob the Liar" actually began production well before the release of the similar Italian film.
In this film Robin Williams plays the character Maxwell 'Wizard' Wallace. It is reported that his portrayal of Wallace was inspired by the Irish rock star Bono.
Just as the title reveals this movie takes place in the Smithsonian Museum. Actually it is the first movie to ever be filmed in the Smithsonian Institution.
Reportedly, the role of the King of the Moon was originally intended for Sean Connery. That was until that particular role was greatly reduced. In the end, actor Sean Connery believed the character wasn't "kingly" enough and passed on the part, which resulted in the role being offered and accepted by Robin Williams.
Film director, Chris Wedge, shared with viewers on the DVD commentary that Robin Williams recorded the scene with where Fender and Rodney attempt to get past Tim, eight times in eight different accents. According to Wedge one of the character accents included a Polish valet. How unique! What is even more interesting is the that the "Robots" character Fender was Robin Williams' first animated voice over since his work as Genie in "Aladdin and the King of Thieves " (1996).
Reportedly Robins Williams wasn't the first choice for the part of Joey O'Brien. Originally Al Pacino was the first pick for casting the role. But Pacino passed and when he did, actors Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito were considered for the role before Robin Williams was eventually cast.
Throughout his time in the movie industry, Robin Williams was in a total of 8 animated films. Williams started lending his expressive voice for cartoon films as early as the year 1991 but sadly that was brought to a premature end with "Happy Feet Two" in 2011. "Happy Feet Two" would be the final animated film that Robin Williams would be apart of due to his all too early death in 2014.
This mysterious crime movie was about a late night talk show radio host, played by Robin Williams, who connects with a young troubled fan. But not everything is as it seems with the young fan and his guardian hence the tense thriller theme of the movie. Two eerie tag lines from the movie are, "listen for the truth" and "you never know who's listening".
This film was all about the details. Production went as far as every day before filming, Robin Williams' co-star,Haley Joel Osment, was shaved. Meaning any of his exposed skin which included his face, arms, hands, legs, and so on was shaved of all peach fuzz and hair. This was in order to further Osment character's non-human appearance and give him more of a plastic-like look.
Here's a giggle worthy dialogue exchange between Robin Williams' character (Jack Moniker) and Peter O'Toole's character (Governor Anthony Cloyden Hayes): Jack Moniker: Your Excellency. You're looking elegant this evening. Why are we graced with your imperial presence? Governor Anthony Cloyden Hayes: The fact is, one can smell the suntan oil and the frying female flesh right across the island. I was curious to see what was going on at this perverted passion pit you're running here. This orgy bin. Whatever you call this drug-crazed nipple ranch.
"Toys" is 1992 fantasy comedy directed by Barry Levinson and showcased a star-studded cast that consisted of Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack, Robin Wright, LL Cool J, and Jamie Foxx. Sadly, for all those involved with the making of the film, it ended up being a total flop during its time at the box office. This was mainly blamed on the lack of skilled directing from Levinson, his skills were so scrutinized by critics that Levinson was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Director. In the end, Levinson lucked out and didn't have to take home the Razzie Award.
In the movie, Robin Williams was cast as Father Moinighan. Father Moinighan quotes Oscar Wilde's "Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience." A beautifully honest quote on love and marriage.
This film was definitely the definition of a financial flop! With a production budget of about $4 million , "The Face of Love" only made $24,660 in its opening weekend in the US. Then it continued to disappoint and went on to only gross $309,427 overall.
"Deconstructing Harry" is one of two movies released in 1997 that star not only Robin Williams but also Billy Crystal and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The other film where these three worked together was "Fathers' Day" which was also released in 1997.
In this film Robin Williams plays the character role Pappass. Pappass is an "adult half-wit" that the main film character Tommy, played by Anton Yelchin, befriends as a young boy.
When asked about the reasoning behind why he wanted to get involved with this particular film Robin Williams said he was attracted to the film project for multiple reasons. In an interview, Williams stated: "First of all, after 'Garp' "The World According to Garp" I wanted to do a far-out comedy, and "The Survivors" certainly qualifies. Secondly, I like the basic premise - if we stick together it will all work out. It's sort of like Yin, Yang and Yong. You've got me, who, I guess, specializes in frenetic and bizarre energy. You've got Walter Matthau, who's very grounded and subtle. And then you've got Jerry Reed, whose character is like a cross between Mister Rogers and Jack Nicholson. He's a lovable villain".