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Remember THAT Oscars speech? Robin Williams' most memorable moments

Published 12/08/2014 | 10:36

1. Cheerleading for the Denver broncos 1980 - sent in by Colin Corrigan.
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
Actor and comedian Robin Williams (L) shares a laugh with actor Billy Crystal on the stage of New York's Radio City Music Hall during HBO's "Comic Relief 8" show
Comedian Robin Williams, wearing a camouflage jacket, entertains a cheering crowd of U.S. Army troops at Baghdad airport
Actor Robin Williams pays tribute to actor Matt Damon during the 24th American Cinematheque Award benefit gala in Beverly Hills, California in this March 27, 2010
Actor and comedian Robin Williams prepares to present the award for best animated feature at the 77th Academy Awards in Hollywood
Robin Williams holds his Oscar after winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in "Good Will Hunting" at the 70th Annual Academy Awards
Robin Williams with Zig & Zag on 'The Big Breakfast'
Robin Williams laughs, at a panel for the television series "The Crazy Ones" during the CBS portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California in this July 29
Robin Williams starred in the original Mrs Doubtfire movie
Above and beyond the call: Robin Williams as the inspirational teacher of Matt Damon in the film 'Good Will Hunting'
Robin Williams during a rare live performance of 'An Evening With Robin Williams' presented by The Comedy Garden at the Beacon Theater in New York City Photo: Getty Image
Actor Robin Williams accepts the Favorite Scene Stealing Guest Star Award at the 35th Annual People's Choice Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
US actor Robin Williams (C) and US celebrity Lewis Black (L) laugh in the back stage during the entertaining performance of "Holiday Troop Visit" by US celebrities for Christmas at boardwalk stage of the Kandahar Air Field on December 16, 2010. US Actor Robin Williams, together with Lance Armstrong and Lewis Black attended the event. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)
396102 02: Actor and comedian Robin Williams shares a laugh by cell phone with Kathleen Gagliardi, wife of New York City Police Lt. Gary Gagliardi who is working at ground zero Sept. 17, 2001 in New York City. Williams spent time with the rescue workers as well as suprising their wives with phone calls. (Photo by Tom Sperduto/U.S. Coast Guard/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:

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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