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Tuesday 12 August 2014

You're free Genie (Robin Williams)

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

Robin Williams, 1951 – 2014

You may remember him from movies/TV:

  • Mork & Mindy (1978–1982)
  • The World According to Garp (1982)
  • Popeye (1980)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  • Dead Poets Society (1989)
  • Awakenings (1990)
  • The Fisher King (1991)
  • Hook (1991)
  • Aladdin (1992)
  • Ferngully (1992)
  • TOYS (1992)
  • Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
  • Jumanji (1995)
  • The Birdcage (1996)
  • JACK (1996)
  • Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • What dreams may come (1998)
  • Patch Adams (1998)
  • Bicentennial Man (1999)
  • AI Artificial Intelligence (2001)
  • One hour Photo (2002)
  • Insomnia (2002)
  • Robots (2005)
  • Night at the Museum (2006)
  • Happy Feet (2006)
  • Night at the Museum 2 (2009)
  • Happy Feet 2 (2011)
  • The big wedding (2013)

and this year (2014) he is due to be in Absolutely Anything as Dennis the Dog, Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb as Teddy Roosevelt, Merry Friggin' Christmas as Mitch and The Angriest Man in Brooklyn.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor 3 times, he received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.

His role as the Genie (he also did the voice of "The Peddler") in the animated film Aladdin (1992) set the way for many many other superstar voice actor castings. According to DVD commentary of the film most of his dialogue was improvised.

Little Trivia : Robin Williams fell out with Disney over an initial agreement on the marketing of the movie and his character - the Genie which resulted in Dan Castellaneta's voicing the Genie in The Return of Jafar and the Aladdin animated television series. But when 20th Century Fox Production head Joe Roth left Fox and joined Disney (but not before he set the go ahead for Mrs Doubtfire!!) he arranged a public apology from Disney and all was happy again until another marketing blunder and flop on Bicentennial Man in 1999. BUT all became well again and in 2009 Robin agreed to be inducted as a Disney Legend.

"Thank you for choosing "Magic Carpet" for all your travel needs. Don't stand until the rug has come to a complete stop. Thank you. Goodbye, now. Goodbye. Goodbye. Thank you. Goodbye."

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