During his lifetime, legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams made it his mission to elicit laughs from strangers across the county. He did so through films, TV appearances and stand-up comedy. Several years have passed since the actor, who would have turned 65 on Thursday, committed suicide, but his legacy lives on.
Williams remained active in Hollywood for more than three decades. He starred in a number of films, including “Good Will Hunting,” “Aladdin,” and “Night at the Museum,” which were well-received by audiences just about everywhere. Many of the titles Williams was most well known for are available for streaming on both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video — both of which require memberships.
Look back on Williams’ extensive career by rewatching these 15 movies and shows:
Williams plays a genie, freed from his lamp by Aladdin (Scott Weinger) — a poor boy with eyes for Princess Jasmine (Lea Salonga) of Agrabah. He decides to use the three wishes gifted to him by the genie to seek her affections, but encounters issues along the way. Amazon Prime users can buy the film in high definition for $19.99 or standard definition for $14.99.
In an effort to save his children, Peter Banning (Williams) steps away from his busy life as a lawyer to face-off with Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). Banning and Hook have a history, but a lot has changed since then. With the help of the lost boys — a group of young misfits who refuse to grow up and survive mostly on the power of imagination — Banning is able to get back to his worry-free roots and save his kids. “Hook” is available for rental on Amazon Video for just $3.99 or can be yours to own for $6.99.
“Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993):
After divorcing his wife, played by Sally Field, Williams’ character assumes the role of Mrs. Doubtfire — an oddball British nanny who cares for his three children. The children are initially resistant to her methods, but open up in time. The film is available for rental ($3.99) and purchase ($4.99) on Amazon Video.
“Good Will Hunting” (1998):
Will Hunting (Matt Damon) is a janitor at MIT who isn’t living up to his full potential. At least, until he’s discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard), who attempts to help him better himself. Outside of Lambeau’s supervision, Hunting finds it difficult to escape his rough past and finds himself under arrest for assaulting a police officer. He’s forced to seek the counsel of therapist Sean Maguire (Williams), who can’t seem to get through to him. “Good Will Hunting” is available for streaming on Netflix. Amazon Prime subscribers can watch it free with a subscription to Showtime or rent it for $3.99. An HD version of the movie is available for purchase on Amazon Video for $112.99.
“Good Morning, Vietnam” (1988):
Army DJ Adrian Cronauer (Williams) is determined to make the best of his deployment to Vietnam. He is tasked with hosting a radio show, during which he delivers comedic takes on the daily happenings in the war-torn country. Fellow soldiers find Cronauer hilarious, but higher ups are not so amused. Check out “Good Morning, Vietnam” on Amazon Video. Rent it for $3.99 or make it yours forever for $17.99.
Stop imagining a world run by robots and experience it for yourself with this adorable animated movie. “Robots” is listed for rental on Amazon Video for just $3.99 and purchase for $12.99.
A strange game unleashes disastrous consequences upon unsuspecting players. Relive the chaos and magic by renting “Jumanji” on Amazon Video ($3.99) or buy it for $12.99.
“World’s Greatest Dad” (2009):
Williams plays Lance Clayton in this indie drama, a high school teacher whose son kills himself by accident. To avoid unnecessary drama Clayton writes a fake suicide note, which garners a lot of outside attention. The film is available for streaming on Netflix.
“Night at the Museum” Film Series:
All three “Night at the Museum” movies — including “Night at the Museum” (2006), “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (2009) and “Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb” (2014) are currently on Amazon Video. Rent film one and two for $3.99 or purchase any one of the movies, which tell the tale of what goes on after the lights in the American Museum of Natural History go down, for $12.99.
Williams, who plays over-worked dad Bob Munro, convinces his wife and children to skip out on their trip to Hawaii in favor of family bonding in a recreational vehicle. As is always the case with such films, the family encounters several minor disasters along the way. Rent it on Amazon Video for $3.99 or own it for $12.99.
“The Crazy Ones” (2013-2014):
Williams took on TV acting as the star of a sitcom for the first time in years in CBS’ “The Crazy Ones.” The show followed his character, Simon Roberts, who has some unorthodox methods of running his advertising agency. The show was canceled in its first season, but can be watched on Netflix.
“Dead Poets Society” (1989):
In this film, Williams plays a teacher who inspires his pupils to look beyond the curriculum and seize the day. Things seem to be going well until his teaching methods are called into question due to an unforeseen tragedy. Rent it on Amazon Video for $3.99 or make it your own for $17.99.
“What Dreams May Come” (1998):
Chris Nielsen (Williams) refuses to let the fact that he was killed in a tragic accident keep him from his wife. With the help of a kind spirit, played by Cuba Gooding Jr., Nielsen is able to adjust to the afterlife — until a shocking death turns even that upside down. Rent the film for $3.99 on Amazon Video or buy it for $12.99.
Williams plays somewhat of a mad scientist in “Flubber,” discovering a strange substance that wreaks havoc on his personal life as well as the lives of others. The film can be rented on Amazon Video for $3.99 or purchased for $17.99.
“Remembering Robin Williams” (2014):
PBS put together a series of clips from various points in Williams’ illustrious career, as well as interviews with the people who knew him best, in this touching tribute available for streaming on Netflix.