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Remember THAT Oscars speech? Robin Williams' most memorable moments

Published 12/08/2014 | 10:36

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1. Cheerleading for the Denver broncos 1980 - sent in by Colin Corrigan.
Academy Award winning actor Robin Williams jokes with reporters as he arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of the film "One Hour Photo" in Beverly Hills, California, August 22, 2002. Reuters
Academy Award winning actor Robin Williams jokes with reporters as he arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of the film "One Hour Photo" in Beverly Hills, California, August 22, 2002. Reuters
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES:  Actor Robin Williams (L) and Robert Duvall laugh together upon their arrival at the 70th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles 23 March 1998.  Both Williams and Duvall are both nominated for Best Actor awards.   AFP PHOTO   Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Actor Robin Williams (L) and Robert Duvall laugh together upon their arrival at the 70th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles 23 March 1998. Both Williams and Duvall are both nominated for Best Actor awards. AFP PHOTO Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)

Not just a genius in film, Robin had his fair share of moments off the big screen too. Here are a few:

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1. THAT Oscars speech (1998)

After winning the Best Supporting Actor gold statue for his role in Good Will Hunting, his speech lives on in Oscar history as one of the most touching Academy moments...ever.  Watch here:

 

2. Roast of Richard Pryor (1977)

Before he was a household name, Robin took to the stage too 'roast' legendary comedian  Richard Pryor. He also played a defence attorney defending a black man in 1926 Mississippi for Pryor's sketch show.

 

Quotes: The poetic superstar: Robin Williams' most poignant off screen quotes 

 

3. Raising $80m for charity (his entire career)

Robin will be known among the masses for his classic onscreen portrayals, but to many, he will be forever remembered for his generous charity work; including UNICEF, Amnesty International as well as raising funds for the families of 9/11 victims among many others.

 

4. Illinois Bell ad (1970s)

If you can find it, it's worth every second. One of his earliest available works, he plays a husband who even makes a telephone ad funny.

 

5. Dancing with Craig Ferguson to Britney (2010)

Robin performed with long-time pal and late night chat show host Craig Ferguson in 2010 a very impressive and perfectly synced routine of Britney Spears' 1999 hit Baby One More Time.

 

Tribute: Robin Williams' 'The Crazy Ones' co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar pays tribute to "father I always dreamed of having"

 

6. His American Idol appearance

In 1998, when American Idol was at the height of its fame, Robin showed how it was done in  Russia...or at least his version of it. Watch here:

 

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