It came as a bolt from the blue, late yesterday evening, the news of the discovery of the lifeless body of Robin Williams, one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. The star - just turned 63 years - was found in his home in Tiburon, California; for the moment there is obviously still nothing certain about the causes of death, but the coroner is that the police seem to indicate the possibility of a suicide, a thesis supported also by his press secretary, who explained that the actor struggled for some time against a severe form of depression. The family, in the person of his third wife Susan Schneider, asked to respect the privacy and does not remember Williams for his death, but for many laughs and moments of joy that has been able to give millions of people; and as well as this seems to us the best way to remember him, we decided to prepare a list of five great films and characters (even the TV) starring Robin Williams, because undoubtedly one of his greatest qualities as an actor was to succeed to instill a great sense of humanity in the roles in which they fell.
Top Best 5 Great Movies and Characters by Robin Williams
Mork in "Mork & Mindy"
The naive alien who came from Ork
Robin Williams had an undeniable comic talent was evident from the beginning of his career. He graduated from the Juilliard - a prestigious school of dramatic acting in New York - in 1976, where along with his great friend Christopher Reeve, future interpreter of Superman, was one of only two students admitted to the advanced course, the year after he was hired to play the role of Mork, a bizarre alien who after an appearance in Happy Days he gained his own show. Mork & Mindy lasted only four years, but became a true cultural phenomenon in the United States, where it was aired on ABC, both in Italy, where it was first imported from Italy by Rai 1 and then, with replicas perennials for the Eighties (and often you can find it still transmitted in night time slot). Beyond the well-crafted plot and a great cast of actors, all the balance of the series rested on the shoulders of Williams, who gave birth to an alien disruptive in his naivete, whose customs and traditions - often improvised by the actor and not in the script - were imitated by fans smaller; so happened to try to greet opening his fingers and saying, "Nano-nano", sit upside-down on couches, drinking soft drinks sucking them with his finger, and so on. Williams won, thanks to that character, a Golden Globe in 1978, prize during the following years he would win four more times for roles in Hollywood films, not to mention a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005; but more generally, saw his engagements off the ground, so that, while it was still airing the series, is also imposed to the movies with Popeye Robert Altman and The World According to Garp by George Roy Hill.
Adrian Cronauer in "Good Morning, Vietnam"
The histrionic radio DJ who discovered the harsh realities of war
In 1982, Williams seemed ready strike the decisive leap. He was about to leave the now cramped TV set of Mork & Mindy to move permanently to Hollywood and its comedy shows around the country had a successful disruptive. But something went wrong: John Belushi died in that year, his great friend, with which among other things had spent just a few hours before the overdose; the fact shook him and led him, by his own admission, to detox from cocaine, which had become addicted in the same years. In the cinema, however, did not reach the expected roles and the risk was that of being reduced to a mere character actor in plays by little success, seeing nullify all the promises that were made about him. The turning point came in 1987, however, when they sewed him a role more dramatic than comic, that of Adrian Cronauer in Good Morning, Vietnam . The film, set during the war that ended a decade ago, told the true story of the military DJ Adrian Cronauer, who worked in Saigon during the early years of the conflict and often in trouble in front of the attempts by the military authorities to censor the news from the front ; Williams, who was the first to believe in the same subject submitted by Cronauer, he had prepared a script on the extent to which much space was left - in the scenes in which he spoke on the radio - its now famous improvisations and imitations, but there were also moments of tension and drama, with an open criticism of American intervention in the Far East. The outcome was a triumph: Williams won her second Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination, obtaining, from then on, a series of increasingly attractive offers for leading roles, which, as we shall see, would have made him one of the stars brightest of Hollywood at the turn of the eighties and nineties.
John Keating in "Dead Poets Society"
The professor who quoted Walt Whitman saliva and the Chairs
If until then Robin Williams had proven to be a great comedian with some card to play even on the dramatic side, it was only in 1989, with the release of Dead Poets Society , which became the myth of a generation. The film by Peter Weir - which in recent years has been partly reduced by the critics for some rhetorical excess - was able to actually mix with great wisdom, poetry and drama, exaltations typical of adolescence and a strong message and not common. Beyond the beautiful screenplay by Tom Schulman, also an Oscar winner, the film is held by a hand on the young and talented performers of the students (among them stood the Robert Sean Leonard then saw Dr. House , the Ethan Hawke of Training Day and Before Sunset and Josh Charles, who recently has been among the protagonists of The Good Wife ) and Robin Williams on the other hand, very content in his histrionic excesses, measured and almost moving in its portrait of Professor Keating. Some phrases of the film became momentous and even in this hour of grief on social networking sites have found themselves mentioned with the great profusion and transport; on the other hand, the film touched a whole generation of young people, who came so - for the first time outside the classroom - the poetry of Walt Whitman and Horace, who dreamed of being able to stand on chairs to "look at the world from another perspective "and to be able to stage the Dream of a Midsummer Night's Shakespeare's playing the role of Puck. The film and the interpretation of Williams, perhaps the most loved by young and adults, still got more awards nomination that, yielding to the protagonist the second Oscar nomination in three years.
Peter Pan in "Hook - Captain Hook"
The adult child who did not want to become great
Steven Spielberg, one that the actors are able to make people laugh and cry at the same time loved them a lot, did not miss the rising star in Hollywood in the early 90s and put him under contract for his new project, Hook - Captain Hook , in which film they wanted to revisit the myth of Peter Pan adapting it to modern times. The film, which itself succeeded only up to a certain point and probably one of the best in Spielberg's filmography, allowed Williams and his antagonist Dustin Hoffman to provide two excellent performances from the actors and, as regards the first, of solidified his reputation as an actor beloved by children and young people of all ages, large or small they were. The story, devised by James Hart and Nick Castle, had a successful manager who, after the abduction of their children, discovered to be none other than a Peter Pan grew up and in the throes of amnesia; a bit 'at a time regained his powers and he started in pursuit of his arch enemy Captain Hook, who in the meantime had tried to plagiarne the eldest son in order to make a pirate. With a mass of first-rate actors (in addition to the two protagonists, include Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith and Julia Roberts), the film is also famous for its fantastic scenery of Norman Garwood, for special effects by Industrial Light & Magic George Lucas and appearances by some of the stars of the day (and subsequent years) as Gwyneth Paltrow, Glenn Close, Phil Collins, Carrie Fisher and George Lucas himself.
Sean McGuire in "Good Will Hunting "
The dramatic role that Robin Williams did get an Oscar
After the great successes of those years - followed by return of post, from those of Aladdin (which was rounding the masterly genius of the lamp role in Italian supported by Gigi Proietti), Mrs. Doubtfire , Jumanji and Patch Adams - Williams's career began to change direction, perhaps because of the advancing age in the meantime, perhaps the attempt to carve out a new and different in fact began to accept more and more dramatic roles, such example in One Hour Photo or Insomnia ; his interpretation of the most successful, however, in our judgment, and also the delegates of the Academy was to Sean McGuire in Good Will Hunting - Genio rebel , in 1997 the film was written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, then little-known actors who could boast at most a few appearances in independent films or alternative (such as Mallrats Kevin Smith), and told the story of young Will Hunting, surly and quarrelsome Boston twenties but showed an unexpected ability of logic and analysis, and for this he was pushed by an MIT professor to attend a psychologist who could help him to pursue a normal life and to realize their potential; this psychologist - played masterfully by Williams - fielding also their personal pain and history to be able to get to the mind and heart of a boy, so convincing him not to let go of the relationship with the young girlfriend Skylar and seek their own way in life. Directed by Gus Van Sant, Robin Williams in the film earned him his first and only Oscar as Best Supporting Actor, as well as an Oscar and a Golden Globe in the script and a special Silver Bear in Berlin in Matt Damon.
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