Wil­liams’ box of­fice hits...

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Dead Po­ets So­ci­ety, 1989

Early re­views were poor so Wil­liams de­cided not to ac­com­pany Christo­pher Reeve to a show­ing. Reeve went any­way, and at the end of the film, in which Wil­liams plays an in­spi­ra­tional teacher (above), the au­di­ence gave it a stand­ing ova­tion. Reeve was so happy for his friend that he was moved to tears.

Aladdin, 1992

Dis­ney wanted Wil­liams to play the ge­nie and ended up au­di­tion­ing for him rather than vice versa – hir­ing an an­i­ma­tor to cre­ate footage us­ing tracks from Robin’s stand-up com­edy al­bums. Wil­liams loved it.

Mrs Doubt­fire, 1993

Wil­liams plays a soon-to-be sin­gle fa­ther who as­sumes the dis­guise of a fe­male house­keeper (be­low) so he can spend more time with his chil­dren. ‘I started do­ing a voice that sounded like Mar­garet Thatcher, and I re­alised that would scare the s*** out of a kid,’ said Wil­liams.

One Hour Photo, 2002

Wil­liams plays a photo-lab em­ployee who be­comes dan­ger­ously fix­ated on a fam­ily whose pic­tures he de­vel­ops. To pre­pare, he watched in­ter­views with the se­rial killer Jef­frey Dah­mer.

In­som­nia, 2002

Christo­pher Nolan’s thriller stars Al Pa­cino as a cop in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mur­der in Alaska with Wil­liams as the main sus­pect.

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