The Top 10 Trivial Tidbits About Robin Williams (1951-2014)

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Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams (1951-2014) has left behind a legacy of memorable entertainment in stand-up comedy, television and film following in the aftermath of his tragic passing on Monday, August 11, 2014. Indeed, Williams will be remembered for his versatile presence in show business running the course of over four decades.

In a rather unconventional tribute of recognizing the late and gifted actor/comedian Robin Williams let us engage in The Top 10 Trivial Tidbits About Robin Williams (1951-2014) highlighting the performer’ s arcane facts and revelations pertaining to his film and television work.

So just how well do you know Robin Williams and his esteemed Hollywood career throughout the years in the media? Just sit back and enjoy this brain-teasing trivia-minded column about the dearly departed manic artist whose devotion to his craft of off-kilter comedic and shockingly dramatic showmanship on the small and big screen has and will always endure with the generations of TV and movie audiences that were touched by Williams’s brand of resilient artistry.

NOTE: The answers to the Robin Williams questions are mentioned below the article. If you want to try and guess at the answers without assistance then do not look beyond the questions. Enjoy!


1.) Technically, which two films in production did Robin Williams work on during his stint on the ABC-TV situation comedy Mork & Mindy between 1978 to 1982?

2.) Which two short-lived sketch variety shows did Robin Williams partake in prior to his fame as a notable guest star on Happy Days that would lead to his TV success on the spin-off series Mork & Mindy? 

3.) Name at least six films where one could find Robin Williams playing a doctor of

4.) Name the film where one could find a then unknown singer/actress Jennifer Lopez co-starring with Robin Williams.

5.) Name the two films where Robin Williams is associated with the fairy tale character of Peter Pan?

6.) Name the film in which Danny DeVito directed Robin Williams playing a scheming, cynical TV personality.

7.) Name the film in which Robin Williams’s character playfully refers to himself as “terribly sexy”?

8.) This NBC drama finds guest star Robin Williams playing a crusader toying around with the NYPD  as he incites his fellow citizens to “challenge authority” and do not just become sheep. Name the drama and Williams’s character name: (select a letter below)

a.) Law & Order: SVU/Martin Ross  b.) Homicide: Life on the Street/Marty Renton c.) Law & Order: SVU/Merritt Rook d.) none

9.) This Robin Williams’s film was accused of being a poor man’s Life is Beautiful as it was panned by critics and moviegoers alike going largely unnoticed at the box office. Name the film.

10.) Name the disturbing film in which Robin Williams’s chilling portrait of Sy Parrish has him obsessing over a suburban family that he desperately wants to insert his presence upon based on the workplace encounters he enjoyed with them.

–Frank Ochieng



ANSWERS to The Top 10 Trivial Tidbits About Robin Williams (1951-2014) are:

1.) “Popeye” and “The World According to Garp”

2.) “Laugh-In” (1977) and “The Richard Pryor Show” (1977)

3.) “Patch Adams”, “Good Will Hunting”, “Awakenings”, “Dead Again”, “Nine Months”, “A.I. Artificial Intelligence”

4.) “Jack”

5.) “Hook” and “Back to Neverland”

6.) “Death to Smoochy”

7.) “The World According to Garp” as T.S. Garp (T.S. for “terribly sexy”)

8.) The letter “c.”

9.) “Jakob the Liar”

10.) “One Hour Photo”



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