I'd always loved Robin Williams, his manic energy, his impressions, his virtuoso talents at improv, so it was a shock and extremely painful to see the headlines of his death yesterday.
It's often said that comedy is harder than drama, so it's no wonder that Williams garnered 4 Academy Award nominations (1 win) for his dramatic work in Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, and Good Will Hunting. Someone on Facebook said their favorite Williams performance is in the movie One Hour Photo (which I haven't seen). I thought he was brilliant opposite Al Pacino in the underrated Insomnia.
I always thought his performance as Genie captured the essence of Robin Williams perfectly: