Williams’ legacy remains

Robin Williams, actor, philanthropist and producer, died on Aug. 11 at the age of 63. His sudden death shocked family, friends and fans alike. Though many have taken the time to mourn, it is important to remember the characters he brought to life on the big screen.

From Dead Poets Society to Aladdin, Williams has proven to be one of the most versatile actors in history. His iconic characters such as Mrs. Doubtfire and Alan Parrish from Jumanji have played a large role in the childhoods of millions.

“I felt shocked [when I found out he died] because he was a big part of my childhood,” junior Shannon Rosensteel said.

Williams’ first lead role was in 1978 when he played Mork from Ork in the American sitcom Mork and Mindy. He then went on to play the title role in the 1980 movie Popeye. By the time Williams brought Peter Pan to life in Hook, he was considered one of the funniest and most talented actors of the time.

Flowers, posters and notes have been left at famous locations of popular Williams movies as tribute. The house from Mrs. Doubtfire, the iconic bench from Good Will Hunting and the house used for Mork and Mindy are almost completely covered in gifts for the late actor.

“[Finding out the way he died] was shocking. Fame kills you, and he was making other people happy but was dying himself,” senior Sayuris Alvarez said.

Many fans and fellow actors have taken to social media such as Twitter to honor Williams, commonly quoting popular lines from his most well-known movies.

“His impact on the world was so positive. He did so much good for people. He made me and so many people laugh so hard for a very long time,” Night at the Museum star Ben Stiller tweeted on Aug. 11.

Although Williams is gone, his unique comedic style and ways of self-expression continue to live on through his memorable works.