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When I was a child, my mother said to me, "If you become a soldier, you will become a general. If you become a monk, then you will end up as Pope." Instead, I became a painter, and wound up as Picasso.

—Pablo Picasso
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Robin Williams [11]


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Born:July 21, 1951
Died:August 11, 2014 (63)
Filmography Rating:7.28 / 10
IMDB Rating:6.38 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.29 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:64.64%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Popeye [1980](29) => Popeye
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen [1988](37) => King of the Moon (as Ray D. Tutto)
Hook [1991](40) => Peter Banning
Aladdin [1992](41) => Genieá/áPeddlerá (voice)
FernGully...The Last Rainforest [1992](41) => Batty Koda
Jumanji [1995](44) => Alan Parrish
Aladdin and the King of Thieves [1996](45) => Genieá (voice)
What Dreams May Come [1998](47) => Chris Nielsen
Robots [2005](54) => Fender (voice)
Night at the Museum [2006](55) => Teddy Roosevelt
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian [2009](58) => Teddy Roosevelt

Trivia that mentions this person:
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen [1988]
  • Robin Williams played the King of the Moon. The credits list "Ray D. Tutto". This is the English transliteration of the Italian phrase "Re di Tutto", which means "King of Everything", which was how the King of the Moon introduces himself to the Baron. Robin Williams performed the part as soon as he arrived in England after a transatlantic flight.
  • The role of the King of the Moon was intended for Sean Connery until the role was largely cut. Sean Connery didn't think it was "kingly" enough, thus the role was played by Robin Williams.
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [2005]
  • Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Nicolas Cage, Will Smith, Brad Pitt and Michael Keaton were all considered for the role of Willy Wonka. Marilyn Manson also badly wanted the part.
    Galaxy Quest [1999]
  • The robot that appears behind the emcee in the final scene at the convention is from the Robin Williams film Toys.
    Hook [1991]
  • Both Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams's stunt doubles were named Keith. When Steven Spielberg called for Keith to come to the set, both Keith's showed up. Eventually, Hoffman's stunt double changed his name from Keith to Keifo.
    Night at the Museum [2006]
  • Larry makes a reference to a Genie's Three Wishes when speaking to Roosevelt. Robin Williams, who plays Roosevelt, played Genie in Aladdin.
    Popeye [1980]
  • The makeup appliances for Robin Williams' fake forearms were not ready when filming began, so in early shots, Popeye wears a long-sleeved raincoat to hide his normal-sized arms.
  • Robin Williams's film debut. Linda Hunt's film debut too, while it is the last film of Jack Mercer.
  • During filming of the scene at the end where Ray Walston throws Robin Williams the can of spinach, Ray hit Robin in the head so hard that he required several stitches in his scalp. This delayed filming for several weeks.
    íThree Amigos! [1986]
  • Steven Spielberg considered directing the film but chose to do E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial instead. He has said in interviews his choices for the roles of the Three Amigos were Steve Martin for Lucky Day, Bill Murray for Dusty Bottoms and Robin Williams for Ned Nederlander.
    Watchmen [2009]
  • Casting rumors over the years included Sigourney Weaver (Sally Jupiter); John Hurt, Robin Williams, [?] Doug Hutchison, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, [?] Glen Hansard (Rorschach); Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren (Dr. Manhattan); Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey, Ron Perlman, Thomas Jane (Comedian); Richard Gere, Kevin Costner, John Cusack, [?] Joaquin Phoenix (Nite Owl); Nathan Fillion (either Comedian or Nite Owl); Jamie Lee Curtis, [?] Hilary Swank, Jessica Biel, Hilary Duff (Silk Spectre); Tom Cruise, Jude Law (Ozymandias). In the finished film, Jackie Earle Haley is the only one of the seven primary cast members who was even in the film industry when the movie was first attempted.
    The Dark Knight Rises [2012]
  • Robin Williams was rumored to play the role of Hugo Strange.
    Aladdin [1992]
  • During the course of recording the voices, Robin Williams improvised so much they had almost 16 hours of material. In fact, because Robin Williams ad-libbed so many of his lines, the script was turned down for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award nomination.
  • Originally, the peddler who introduces the movie would be revealed to be the Genie at the end - hence the fact that Robin Williams voiced him, too. Notice the similarities in the design of the two, especially the eyebrows, the beard, and the four-fingered hands. (All the other human characters have five fingers.)
  • The opening scene with the street merchant was completely unscripted. Robin Williams was brought into the sound stage and was asked to stand behind a table that had several objects on it and a bedsheet covering them all. The animators asked him to lift the sheet, and, without looking, take an object from the table and describe it in character. Much of the material in that recording session was not appropriate for a Disney film.
  • While filming this movie, Robin Williams frequently received calls from Steven Spielberg, who at the time was working on Schindler's List. He would put him on speaker phone so he could tell jokes to the cast and crew to cheer them up. Some of the material that he used was material that he was using for this film.
    Robots [2005]
  • Chris Wedge reports on the commentary that Robin Williams performed the scene with Fender and Rodney attempting to get past Tim eight times in eight different accents, including as a Polish valet.
  • Robin Williams' first animated voice since Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
  • After Fender steals Rodney Copperbottom's foot, Robin Williams delivers the line "Foot don't fail me now" which is similar to the phrase "Feet don't fail me now" made famous by [?] Stepin Fetchit.
    The Return of Jafar [1994]
  • Robin Williams was not a part of this movie due to a disagreement with Disney.
    Aladdin and the King of Thieves [1996]
  • The scene with the Genie consoling Princess Jasmine while Aladdin is away at the lair of the 40 thieves was completely improvised by Robin Williams.
  • After a contract dispute with the Disney company over likeness rights, Robin Williams agreed to return for this film as the voice of the Genie. As a result, many of the ideas and gags that were not used in Aladdin could be retried in the making of this film.
  • Among the Genie's many transformations is an old, grandmotherly woman, clearly meant to be "Mrs. Doubtfire" a character played by Robin Williams in the film of the same title, Mrs. Doubtfire. The character originated as "[?] Andy Kaufman's Grandmother" at his famous Carnegie Hall Show and was adapted for the movie.
    Into the Woods [2014]
  • There have been several other attempts to bring Into the Woods to the screen. At one point in 1994, it got as far as a reading at Penny Marshall's house, with Robin Williams, Goldie Hawn, and [?] Cher; later, it was developed at Columbia Pictures with director [?] Rob Minkoff attached and Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, and Susan Sarandon in talks to star.
    Quotes From/About Robin Williams
    Robin WilliamsI'm sorry, if you were right, I'd agree with you.