Robin Williams dead. /a>. The words don’t compute. His mind was never still. His humor was infectious. His kindness, unstinting. Once, when he phoned my home, my then-five-year-old son took the call. I didn’t know who it was. I just heard my son laughing uncontrollably. Robin was doing the voices from all my kid’s favorite cartoons. That’s who he was. Giving. Wanting to please.
Sometimes, when Robin wasn’t on, his mood could swing precipitously. As much as you felt his humor, you also sensed a sadness that went deep. You sensed that as well in his best screen performances. When he wasn’t just the entertainer — like the zonked-out Mork he played on TV — Williams could be a consummate, subtle actor. Here are nine Robin Williams performances that I will always treasure.