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12 August 2014

Remembering Robin Williams (1951-2014)

The American actor and comedian has been found dead at his home in California, aged 63.

By New Statesman

Robin Williams, the American comedian and actor has died of suspected suicide, aged 63. His career took off in the 1970s with the TV comedy Mork & Mindy and he was elevated to Hollywood A-list with leading big-screen roles in Good Morning Vietnam (1987), for which he won the Golden Globe for best actor, his Oscar-nominated role in Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990) and the Golden-Globe-winning The Fisher King (1991) – though to those of a certain vintage he will forever be remembered for his role as the cross-dressing husband/nanny in Mrs Doubtfire (1993).

A second flourish in the late-1990s included his lead in La Cage aux Folles remake The Birdcage and his Oscar-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, with more recent parts including Night at the Museum and the voice of a penguin in Happy Feet (both 2006). Above is an image of Williams from one of his most memorable and moving roles, that of the inspirational but unorthodox English teacher John Keating in Dead Poets Society. 

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