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Robin Williams in His Most Memorable Roles

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Beloved entertainer Robin Williams captivated audiences worldwide with his one-of-a-kind performances that charted an unforgettable variety of characters in television and film. A selection of Williams’ own film memorabilia — from scripts to awards and props — will be offered in Creating A Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams (4 October, New York). Ahead of the auction, we take a look back at some of his most fondly remembered roles.

Mork & Mindy, 1978–1982

In this 1981 episode of Mork & Mindy, the pair prepare for their honeymoon on Mork's home planet of Ork. Image Courtesy of ABC Photo Archives/ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images

Robin Williams burst into America’s hearts and homes in the comedy sitcom Mork & Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982. Williams starred as Mork, an alien from the planet Ork, who came to Boulder, Colorado, to study human behavior.

Robin Williams’ Golden Globe Award for Best Television Actor in a Comedy or Musical Series for Mork & Mindy (ABC, 1978-1982) will be offered in Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams ( 4 October, New York). Estimate $15,000–20,000.

Good Morning, Vietnam, 1987

In this classic film Williams starred as Adrian Cronauer, a irreverent DJ, who assigned to an U.S. Armed Services radio in Saigon during the Vietnam War. For his performance, Williams received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

IAA Gold Record Award for Good Morning, Vietnam, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack presented to Robin Williams to commemorate the sale of more than 500,000 copies of the A&M Records album and cassette will be offered in Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin William s (4 October, New York). Estimate $1,500–2,000. In his role as DJ Adrian Cronauer, music was central to the storytelling in Good Morning, Vietnam. The incredibly successful movie “yielded a companion soundtrack album, containing short excerpts of Robin’s DJ routines from the movie as well as some of the period songs played on Cronauer’s show.

Dead Poets Society, 1989

For his poigniant performance as Mr. Keating, an English teacher who sets aflame the hearts and minds of a prep school of boys through the power of poetry, Williams earned his second Academy Award nomination.

A first edition of Henry David Thoreau’s great work Walden: Or, Life in the Woods. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854 – a cornerstone of American transcendentalism – will be offered in Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams (4 October, New York). Estimate $10,000–15,000. In Dead Poets Society (1989), Thoreau was one of the writers that Williams’ character, Mr. Keating, quoted to his students as he inspired them to lead lives marked by individualism and self-reliance, tenets at the heart of the transcendentalist movement.

Hook, 1991

In Steven Spielberg’s revamp of a childhood classic, Williams brought a spirit of magic to a new generation in the leading role of a grown-up Peter Pan returned to Wonderland to retrieve his children from the villainous Captain Hook, played by Dustin Hoffman.

Prop Sword from Hook (1991) will be offered in Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams (4 October, New York). Estimate $1,000–2,000.

Aladdin, 1992

In this animated Disney classic based on the Arabic tale One Thousand and One Nights, Williams played the voice of Genie – a rambunctious genie with magical powers, released from his lamp by Aladdin, a good-natured street thief from the fictional city of Agrabah.

Production Cel from Aladdin featuring Genie, voiced by Williams, will be offered in Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin William s (4 October, New York). Estimate $600–900.

Mrs. Doubtfire, 1992

As the title role in Mrs. Doubtfire, a hit-film produced by Marsha and Robin Williams, the actor played a divorced dad disguised as an English grandmotherly nanny in an elaborate ruse to spend time with his kids. The both hilarious and heartfelt film drove home that a family – no matter its shape — is always a family.

Mrs. Doubtfire Advance Movie Poster, framed, will be offered in Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams (4 October, New York). Estimate $200-300.

The Birdcage, 1996

Williams had a talent for playing fathers who would do anything for their children; in The Birdcage, this ability reached new comedic heights as he played Armand, a gay Miami drag club owner, who feigns straightness to meet his son’s conservative future in-laws.

The Birdcage Academy Awards Screening Advertising, “For Your Consideration” Poster will be offered in Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams (4 October, New York). Estimate $200–300.

Good Will Hunting, 1997

Williams starred as therapist Sean Maguire, who struggles to break through to Will Hunting, a brilliant but troubled working class savant played by Matt Damon. Williams’ powerful performance earned him an Academy award for Best Supporting Actor.

The Original Watercolor Painting, by director Gus Van Sant, from Good Will Hunting, inscribed to Williams will be offered in Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams (4 October, New York). Estimate $1,000–1,500. The watercolor plays a pivotal role in the film, as a top of discussion in the first session between therapist Sean Maguire (played by Williams) and Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon).

One Hour Photo, 2002

Williams’ talents crossed all genres. In 2002, he took a turn at psychological thriller in One Hour Photo, playing a disturbed and obsessive photo lab technician.

One Hour Photo, Decoratively Bound Cast and Crew Presentation Script, Inscribed and Signed by Williams “I’m Watching” will be offered in Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams ( 4 October, New York). Estimate $300–500.

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