The world was left stunned by news of the loss of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams in 2014. Throughout his long career, Williams proved his versatility as a performer again and again in a wide range of diverse roles that crossed all kinds of genres. While he certainly made his mark in dramatic films, like Dead Poets Society and his award-winning turn in Good Will Hunting, he was by far most known for his ability to spark laughter in both moviegoers and co-stars. Here are six roles that helped make Williams a comedic legend.
1. Mork and Mindy
The comedian first made a name for himself on the ABC spinoff of Happy Days, which ran from 1978 to 1982 and co-starred Pam Dawber. Williams played Mork, an alien who comes to Earth from Ork, a small egg-shaped spaceship. The role gave the world their first taste of Williams’ incomparable comedic chops and earned him his first Emmy nomination for lead actor in a comedy series.