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Robin Williams’ 10 Best Performances

RIP, Robin. We miss you already.

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Chris Queen

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August 12, 2014 - 8:47 am
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The world mourns the passing of one of the truest talents of all time – Robin Williams. The Juilliard-trained comedian and actor won an Oscar, two Emmys, five Grammys, and — dearest to me — became a Disney Legend in 2009. Williams made his struggles with depression and addiction public, yet he was unable to overcome them. But here at PJ Lifestyle, we’re going to celebrate his life. Here are Robin Williams’ ten best performances. I hope you’ll take as much comfort in these wonderful moments as I have.

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10. The Crazy Ones (2013-2014)

One of the most underrated television series of the past season paired Williams with Sarah Michelle Gellar as father-and-daughter partners in an advertising agency. The Crazy Ones featured a terrific ensemble, sharp writing, and plenty of space for Williams to let loose. Williams had his best moments on the show when he had the chance to blend his trademark humor with sweet sentiment (as in the clip above). He couldn’t have a much better alter ego than the character of Simon Roberts — he and the writers even made recovery from addiction a huge part of the character. The Crazy Ones showed such promise, and it’s such a shame that CBS didn’t see fit to give it a second chance.

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The second season premiere episode he did ("Bop Gun", 1994) of NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street, as the husband of a woman tourist murdered while visiting Baltimore, was also very good.
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I like the movies listed in the article, but I also liked his creepy portrayals in Insomnia and One Hour Photo. He was suprisingly effective.

I can't help but wonder, would he still be with us if his sit-com had been picked up by CBS. I think so. And that just makes me more sad at his passing.
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What? No mention of Popeye?
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Good list.
I think his performance in the indie film Worlds Greatest Dad was one of the best in his career. The subject matter of that film is not for everyone, but he was great.
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Jonathan Winters, you did it right.
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Agree with all the choices, although I never got into GWH or DPS myself. Matt Damon's infomercial for Howard Zinn turned me off. And I never managed to work up any sympathy for the Fancy Lads in DPS.

Sacrilege, I know. But there it is.

Everything else by Williams I love.
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The second season premiere episode he did ("Bop Gun", 1994) of NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street, as the husband of a woman tourist murdered while visiting Baltimore, was also very good.
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He also was good playing a perv in Law & Order's SVU.
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I remember that one. He was excellent.
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"What Dreams My Come" was my favorite by far.
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Agreed!
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Include me out.
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Dead Poets Society transformed my life. Two reasons: the father/son relationship portrayed; and the no-holds barred teaching style laid out by Williams altered how I saw my role as a teacher for the rest of my life. I insist that all those who think they should have influence over students by training to be come a teacher some day must watch this film. To call his performance brilliant is a gross understatement. But there it is.
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