(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Robin Williams, the Oscar-winning US actor and comedian known worldwide for roles that ranged from a cross-dressing dad in “Mrs. Doubtfire” to a New England prep-school teacher in “Dead Poets Society,” was found dead Monday at age 63.
Williams came to fame on the small screen but quickly worked his way into a number of iconic movie roles, in a career that spanned decades and endeared him to multiple generations.
Here are some of his most notable roles and awards.
“Dead Poets Society” (1989, as John Keating)
Williams was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for his performance as an inspirational New England prep-school teacher with a love for poetry. The movie was nominated for an Oscar for best picture and won for best screenplay writing.
“Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993, as Mrs Doubtfire)
In one of his most iconic roles, Williams transformed into the elderly Mrs Euphegenia Doubtfire, earning a Golden Globe, an American Comedy Award, Kids’ Choice Award and an MTV Movie Award. Williams had been cast to star in a sequel to the mega ’90s hit.
“Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987, as Adrian Cronauer)
Williams’ performance as a DJ for the US Armed Services in Vietnam, a role that was carried by the actor’s personality, saw him nominated for an Academy Award and win a Golden Globe.
“Patch Adams” (1998, as Patch Adams)
For his role playing the title role — a medical student who decides the best medicine for his patients is humor — Williams was nominated for a Golden Globe and American Comedy Award.
“The Fisher King” (1991, as Parry)
The comedy-drama starring Williams as a homeless man traumatised by the loss of his wife and beset with Arthurian hallucinations, saw the comedian nominated for an Academy Award and win a Golden Globe.
“Good Will Hunting” (1997, as Sean Maguire)
In his role as psychologist to a genius mathematician janitor played by Matt Damon, Williams won his sole Oscar — for best actor in a supporting role. The movie also won Damon and Ben Affleck an Oscar for best screenplay writing.
– Children’s films –
“Aladdin” (1992, as the voice of Genie)
Endearing himself to children worldwide, Williams was the voice behind zany Genie in the Disney animated classic, singing the movie’s iconic “Friend Like Me.” The cartoon won an Oscar for best original song and best original score, while Williams won a special Golden Globe award for his vocal work.
“Jumanji” (1995, as Alan Parrish)
Starring in a kids’ romp about a board game that comes to life — and the man who had been trapped inside it for years — Williams once again endeared himself to a generation of children, starring alongside a young and relatively unknown Kirsten Dunst.
– Television –
“Mork & Mindy” (1978-1982, as Mork from Ork)
In the first role catapult him into the national spotlight, Williams starred as an outrageous space alien who landed on Earth and lived alongside a human woman played by Pam Dawber. The sitcom earned him a Golden Globe for best TV actor in 1979 and an Emmy nomination the same year. The sitcom was a spinoff from the series “Happy Days.”
“The Crazy Ones” (2013-2014, as Simon Roberts)
In one of his most recent roles, Williams plays an eccentric boss at an ad firm with his daughter, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar.