What made Robin Williams an icon, was his frequent and honest displays of vulnerability
Even though he was over the top and occasionally overwrought in his movies, we each have our Robin Williams favourites. Whether it was the charismatic professor of Dead Poets Society, or the divorced husband who dressed up as a housekeeper in Mrs Doubtfire, or the suburban dad leading his family on a vacation in RV, Williams outplayed his co-stars and sucked up oxygen on screen. To each role, he brought great comic timing and voice modulation. But what made him an icon, in my view, was his frequent and honest displays of vulnerability: the trembling lips; the crazed eyes that revealed inner demons we knew not which; the ironic half-smile which said, “You don’t know the half of it (of what goes on in my head)."