"O captain, my captain."
In the wake of the death of beloved comedian Robin Williams on Monday, this line from his 1989 film Dead Poets Society is particularly poignant. Just as his character inspired students to think for themselves and question the status quo, so did Williams inspire multiple generations with his unique style of comedy.
Remembering Robin Williams: Video highlights from his career
In honor of Williams, here is a sampling of his wide-ranging contributions to comedy, film and television:
1. 1977 HBO Special: Williams first started making a name for himself as a stand-up comedian. Check out this spastic, brilliant early 1977 set for HBO
2.Mork and Mindy:. Williams became a household name playing the alien Mork from Ork, who was introduced on Happy Days and then spun off into his own series, Mork & Mindy. Check out Mork meeting the Fonz and the pilot episode of Mork & Mindy:
3. The Tonight Show:. During Williams' first appearance on The Tonight Show, he talked about, among other things, herpes:
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4. Dead Poets Society:The students in the Dead Poets Society pay their teacher, who was wrongly fired, one last, rebellious tribute:
5. Sesame Street:. Williams takes on the two-headed monster on Sesame Street to discuss "conflict":
6. Aladdin: See Williams create magic as the voice of the genie in Aladdin:
7. Mrs. Doubtfire: Williams got deep into character — face mask, wig, fake boobs and all — for his role in the heartwarming family comedy. Here, he struggles to cook in costume as the titular nanny.
8. The Birdcage: Just another day in the South Beach drag club The Birdcage:
9. Good Will Hunting:. Williams drops some wisdom on Good Will Hunting:
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10. One Hour Photo: Williams is cast against type as a haunting and very creepy photo developer in One Hour Photo. Watch the trailer:
11. Comic Relief VI: Williams goes back to his stand-up roots for Comic Relief VI:
12. The Butler: Here, Williams discusses playing President Eisenhower in Lee Daniels' The Butler:
13. The Crazy Ones: Finally, check out TVGuide.com's final interview with Williams for his return to TV on The Crazy Ones:
What were you favorite scenes and performances from Robin Williams?
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