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Robin Williams: most inspiring, powerful and brilliant film moments

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He was a cross-dressing nanny, an impassioned professor and a hyperactive war-time DJ. With the sad news of Robin Williams death aged 63 from a suspected suicide, we could think of no more fitting way to remember this extraordinary and versatile actor than by taking a celebratory look back at his career highlights and most powerful on-screen moments.

The beloved comedian was a staple of many of our favourite childhood films and possessed that rare ability to conjure up a kaleidoscope of emotions in his audience, with performances that were genuine, moving and hilarious. We cried with laughter at his "run-by fruiting" in Mrs. Doubtfire and welled up as he urged his constrained public schoolboy students to "seize the day!" in Dead Poets Society.

From his breakthrough role as alien Mork in ABC show Mork & Mindy to his Oscar-winning portrayal as a psychology professor in Good Will Hunting, he approached every part he had with passion, humour and integrity.

We pay tribute to this giant of cinema with a reminder of his very best and most infectious movie moments.

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  • Dead Poets Society (1989)

    John Keating

    "Carpe. Carpe diem. Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary."

    Watch it here

  • Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

    Mrs. Doubtfire/Daniel Hillard

    "My first day as a woman and I’m getting hot flashes."

    Watch it here

  • Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

    Adrian Cronauer

    "Goooooooood morning Vietnam! It's 0600 hours. What does the "O" stand for? O my God, it's early!"

    Watch it here

  • Hook (1991)

    Peter Banning

    [To Tinkerbell] "You're a ... you're a complex Freudian hallucination having something to do with my mother and I don't know why you have wings, but you have very lovely legs and you're a very nice tiny person and what am I saying, I don't know who my mother was; I'm an orphan and I've never taken drugs because I missed the sixties, I was an accountant."

  • Good Will Hunting (1997)

    Sean Maguire

    "I'd ask you about love, you'd probably quote me a sonnet. But you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn't know what it's like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn't know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms "visiting hours" don't apply to you. You don't know about real loss, 'cause it only occurs when you've loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you've ever dared to love anybody that much."

    Watch it here

  • Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

    Mrs. Doubtfire/Daniel Hillard

    "Oh, sir. I saw it! Some angry member of the kitchen staff, Did you not tip them? Oh, the terrorists! They ran that way. It was a run-by fruiting. I’ll get them, sir. Don’t worry."

    Watch it here

  • Mork & Mindy (1978 - 1982)

    Mork

    Holly: "Why are you doing that?"

    Mork [placing hand on forehead]: "Well, Eugene said you were hot stuff, you’re actually only 98.4."

  • Patch Adams (1998)

    Patch Adams

    "What’s wrong with death sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humour. Death is not the enemy gentlemen. If we’re going to fight a disease, let’s fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, indifference."

    Watch it here

  • Jumanji (1995)

    Alan Parrish

    "What, are you crying? You don't cry, all right? You keep your chin up. Come on, keep your chin up. Crying never helped anybody do anything, okay? You have a problem, you face it like a man."

  • Aladdin (1992)

    Genie

    "PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS! [Shrinks down inside the lamp]. Itty-bitty living space."

    Watch it here

  • Dead Poets Society (1989)

    John Keating

    "We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for."

    Watch it here

  • Happy Feet (2006)

    Ramon

    "You know, chica chica boom boom boom boom boom... without us, the chicas got no boom!"

    Watch it here

  • Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

    Mrs. Doubtfire/Daniel Hillard

    [To Stu] "Off your Mercedes, dear, you own that big expensive car out there? Oh, dear. Well, they say a man who has to buy a big car like that is trying to compensate for smaller genitals."

  • Good Will Hunting (1997)

    Sean Maguire

    "See you Monday. We’ll be talking about Freud and why he did enough cocaine to kill a small horse."

  • Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

    Adrian Cronauer

    "Gooooooooood-byyyyyyye Vietnaaaaam! That’s right, I’m history… I’m outta here. I got the lucky ticket home, baby. Rollin, rollin, rollin’… keep them wagons rollin’, rawhide! Yeah, that’s right… the final Adrian Cronauer broadcast… and this one is brought to you by our friends at the Pentagon. Remember the people who brought you Korea? That’s right, the U.S. Army. If it’s being done correctly, here or abroad, it’s probably not being done by the Army."

  • Awakenings (1990)

    Dr. Malcolm Sayer

    "What we do know is that, as the chemical window closed, another awakening took place; that the human spirit is more powerful than any drug - and THAT is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. THESE are the things that matter. This is what we'd forgotten - the simplest things."

  • The Fisher King (1991)

    Parry

    "There's three things in this world that you need: Respect for all kinds of life, a nice bowel movement on a regular basis, and a navy blazer."

  • Patch Adams (1998)

    Patch Adams

    "Our job is improving the quality of life, not just delaying death."

  • August Rush (2007)

    Maxwell 'Wizard' Wallace

    "You know what music is? God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars."

  • What Dreams May Come (1998)

    Chris Nielsen

    "Thank you for every kindness. Thank you for our children. For the first time I saw them. Thank you for being someone I was always proud to be with. For your guts, for your sweetness. For how you always looked, for how I always wanted to touch you. God, you were my life. I apologize for everytime I ever failed you. Especially this one..."

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