“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams.

Academy Award-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his California home on Monday. He was 63. A true comedic genius, Williams inspired a generation of comedians, including me. My earliest memory of Williams was when I was 7 years old watching “Mrs. Doubtfire.”

I followed Williams’ career and like many other comedians, refer to his work for inspiration. I’ll cherish his legendary acting and humble and whimsical personality. In celebration of his amazing career, here are some of the most unforgettable moments that will always remind us just how wonderful and talented he was.

1. Mrs. Doubtfire: The oversized glasses, the wig, and the drag — Williams will always be remembered as Mrs. Doubtfire in this groundbreaking comedy. I rank it among my top 5 favorite films of all time. Watch the transformation from man to nanny here:

2. The Birdcage: On-screen magic with Nathan Lane, this film paved the way with its off-the-cuff plot of a gay cabaret owner and his drag-queen partner who posed as a “straight” couple as a front for overbearing, right-wing parents. Williams directs Nathan Lane in this unforgettable dance scene:

3. Patch Adams: Williams had a serious side in his role playing Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams where he admits himself into a mental institution using humor to help fellow patients get through turmoil. He later develops bonds with his patients in the hospital where he works. Watch this tear jerking scene:

4. Aladdin: Nothing beats listening to Williams sing “Friend Like Me” — I can still recite the words to this day. He had a talent for changing his voice like no other.

5. The Craig Ferguson “Late Late Show” Interview: Williams showcased his talent at accents in this interview, which was among the most outlandish and quick-witted he gave during his career.

6. Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Adorned with platinum blonde hair, Williams is no stranger to improv comedy where he killed the game “Scenes from a Hat.”

7. Weapons of Self Destruction: His HBO stand-up special was absolutely unforgettable. A personal favorite bit, where he discusses alcoholism warning signs.

Find Jenni Ruiza on Twitter @RuizaJenni

Story Tags



Stories not to be missed!

WUPPERTAL,GERMANY- APRIL 08: A lion is seen at the  Wuppertal  Zoo on April 8, 2009 in Wuppertal, Germany.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

Here's how this lion-killing dentist thing is going to play out

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JULY 10:  Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift performs onstage during The 1989 World Tour Live at MetLife Stadium on July 10, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TAS)

Taylor Swift’s stage malfunction last night exposed exactly what it means to be a pop star

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 18:  A protestor holds a black lives matter t-shirt during a "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" demonstration in front of the San Francisco Hall of Justice on December 18, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Dozens of San Francisco public attorneys and activists staged a "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" demonstration to protest the racial disparities in the criminal justice system following the non-indictments of two white police officers who killed unarmed black men in Missouri and New York.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The next time someone says 'all lives matter,' show them these 5 paragraphs