Life in review: Robin Williams


By John Fitzgerald
Eagle Staffdownload

Robin Williams has been touching audience’s hearts from

movies like “Good Morning Vietnam” (1987),

“Flubber” (1997), and “Jumanji” (1995) from 1980 at the start

of his film career. With his passing, we need to remember his

outstanding movie career and how he would make audiences

laugh throughout the decades of work.

His legacy will live on through the hilarious Genie in “Aladdin” (1992) or in “Dead Poets

Society” (1989) as John Keating who inspired his students to ‘seize the day’.

I never truly understood how important Robin Williams was to the movie industry until recently.

Robin Williams was before my generation and was first shown to me by my dad. Jumanji was a little

scary at first, but Williams crazy antics with monkeys always made me laugh.

Watching “Aladdin” as a seven year old, I hoped to find a magical old lamp which encased a genie

who could grant me three wishes. That awe inspiring idea came from the crazy, funny genie I watched

when I was younger.

Robin Williams completely immerses himself in the character that he is playing. Williams role in the

movie Mrs. Doubtfire in which he plays a nanny in order to see his kids touches audiences hearts

everywhere. The way he tries and acts like an old lady and can make audiences laugh even in today’s


Robin Williams was born on July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. He began his career as a stand-up

comedian in 1970 followed by a spin off show of “Happy Days”(1974) called “Mork and Mindy”(1978)

where he starred as an alien named Mork.

Following that, he got his movie career started in with his breakout movie “Good Morning Vietnam”

in 1987 which he was noimated for an Academy Awrd for best leading actor in 1988.

While Robin Williams is a comedic genius having multiple comedy specials as well as comedy movies,

he also has amazing performances in serious roles, such as his role in the Academy-Award winning

drama “Good Will Hunting” (1997).

Williams blew away audiences with his performance as Sean Maguire who is a therapist that helps

Will Hunting (Matt Damon), which eventually won him the Oscar for Best-Supporting actor.

“My favorite movie is probably Good Will Hunting,” Freshman Cody Groff said. “I thought it was

superb. He actually put a lot of emotion into it with Matt Damon.”

“My favorite movie with him is Jumanji,” Head football Coach Tim Fitzpatrick said. “When he was a

boy, was sucked into this board game. My kids love it and it’s a great movie.”

We canot forget the imapct he left on the world and millions of people in it. He warmed hearts and

made people smile.

Even with this tragic death we must remember some simple things. “My advice to kids,” Fitzpatrick

said, “and to anybody, if you see a friend or a loved one who is not acting as their usual self to go talk

to them or talk to a professional and see if you can’t intervene in some way.”

The legacy of Robin Williams will live on as fans everywhere still mourn for him.