The Comedian: Robin Williams

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

Today marks one year since we lost one of the greatest comedic geniuses of our time. To sum up the career of Robin Williams seems almost impossible as his larger-than-life personality touched the lives of so very many, both in and outside Hollywood. After rising to fame as a stand-up comedian and then as Mork in the sitcom Mork & Mindy, Williams would go on to portray a wide variety of iconic characters in films such as Popeye, The World According to Garp, Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Birdcage, Patch Adams, What Dreams May Comeand Jumanji. These characters would later win the actor an Oscar, two Primetime Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Grammy Awards throughout his career.

Additionally, in a world full of sequels and reboots, it turns out former stars of Jumanji are actually opposing a remake of the film as they do not want to sully Williams’ memory. 

Taken from us all too soon, we remember the late, great Robin Williams with some of his most famous one-liners and anecdotes. 

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

“If women ran the world we wouldn’t have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.”

“Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they’ve got nothing to lose.”

“Canada is like a loft apartment over a really great party.”

“I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.”

“If Heaven exists, to know that there’s laughter, that would be a great thing.”

Oh, Captain, my Captain, we will forever salute you.