The kinetic bundle of energy that was Robin Williams
took on many forms during a long and versatile career. He may have been best known for his fast-talking, funnyman roles, but he mesmerised in serious ones as well — creepy ones, too — and was memorable well beyond the big screen: on television, on the comedy stage, even on Broadway. On his birthday on July 21, here are six of Williams' most distinctive roles — and the list could be much longer.Good Will Hunting (1997)
A rare but welcome serious role for Williams, who played the stubborn yet empathetic therapist who was somehow able to help math prodigy Will Hunting (Matt Damon) figure out how to handle his life. This film won Williams a supporting actor Oscar.Mrs Doubtfire (1991)
Who couldn't love a bumbling dad who dressed up as a portly nanny — with a latex mask, a wig and a Scottish accent — in order to spend time with his young kids? A sequel was in the works at the time of the actor's death.Aladdin (1992)
Will it ever be possible to see a cartoon genie and not think of Williams? Remember him shooting out of that bottle: "Ten thousand years will give you SUCH a crick in the neck!"Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Williams' fast-talking style was perfect for the role of a DJ on Armed Forces Radio during the Vietnam War. This was his first Oscar nomination.