One of the first sitcoms that I really loved was "Mork and Mindy." As a teen I was touched
by films like "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Dead
Poets Society" and "Hook." As an
adult I was completely enchanted by "Aladdin," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Jumanji." And as a parent I have watched "Night at the Museum" and "Happy Feet" more times than I care to
admit. The two big common denominators of all these projects that span almost 40 years? They are all family-friendly productions for the big screen (and the little one in the case of "Mork and Mindy") — and they all starred Robin Williams.
This week we lost Robin Williams, the 63-year-old versatile
actor, who went far beyond the comic roles that started off his career and
stretched his talents to encompass comedies, dramas and many, many family
films earning him an Oscar, six Golden Globes, two Emmys and countless fans in
In his passing I am really struck by not just the variety of
roles he took on but how many of his films I’ve watched with my daughter countless times ("Aladdin" is a family favorite). Now, I never think of Robin Williams as being a kid
movie actor; when I think of his roles I usually conjure up scenes from "Dead Poet’s Society," "Good Will Hunting" or his recently
canceled TV show "The Crazy Ones." But
Robin Williams really had stand-out roles in films that our kids, my kid, love.
He may have left this earth but he leaves a legacy for us all.
Here are clips from eight of his family friendly films to
share with your kids:
Or Even the "Mrs. Doubtfire" Trailer
"Night at the Museum"
Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been
battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The
family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very