Robin Williams may be one of the most celebrated and adored voice actors of all time. His easy-going goofiness and impressive improvisational skills are incomparable. From playing a dad so desperate to spend time with his kids that he puts on pantyhose and pretends to be their elderly female Nanny in Mrs. Doubtfire, to voicing beloved animated characters like Genie in Aladdin, Williams has done it all.
A Julliard alumnus and dropout, Williams received his honorary degree from the prestigious acting school in 1991. From then on he created his own scholarship for the school that allowed esteemed actors and actresses break into Hollywood.
Williams was known best for his comedic presence through the use of silly voices and mockery accents. Williams often found himself being cast as multiple roles in the same production thanks to his array of voice talents. You may remember his multiple voices in the animated movie Happy Feet. Williams voiced both Ramon, the Mexican head honcho of the small penguin squad, and Lovelace, the womanizing penguin love guru.
Over the course of his career, Williams was nominated for 81 awards. Out of the 62 won, five of those were Grammy awards for voice acting work in audiobooks, soundtracks, and standup performances.
Robin Williams passed away August 11, 2014, at the age of 63. Though his death was a shock to his fans and colleagues in Hollywood, his legacy and genius still lives on. He is remembered by all as having an unparalleled comedic and joyful presence. Whether it was on the stage, on the screen, or behind animation, Williams was and will forerever be one of the greatest talents this world has ever seen.
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – R.W
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