Hot Streaks is a look at the times when comedians at the height of their power. Comedy comes in waves, and with it comedians ride the success of public adoration and creativeness. During these times (usually around 5 years), comedians are putting out some of their most successful projects. So with that being said, let’s take a look at some of the hot streaks some of the best comedians have out there.
Up this week Robin Williams
Hot Streak: 1987-1997
Key Projects: Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, The Fisher King, Hook, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, The Birdcage, and Good Will Hunting.
Power Ranking: 8.8
It is nearly impossible to find another person in the world like Robin Williams. The comedy of the wacky, eccentric, crazy, and sometimes maniacal actor will never be matched. The things he says are shocking, wild, and completely random, but are always perfect to give you constant laughs. Catapulting his movie career after television.
Yet, even in a more serious roles, like that of Sean McGuire in Good Will Hunting, Williams perfectly executes his role as a psychologist, as well as comic relief for Will Hunting. Also, when you think of an actor that would invent a ball of jelly with a life of its own, Robin Williams is the perfect fit to be that scientist. He’s versatile, hilarious, and out of his mind, but that is what makes Robin Williams so great.
His filmography spans 36 years from 1977-2013 but his biggest years took place over the course of a decade from the late 80’s into the early 90’s. He’s appeared in 78 movies over his career which is a big part of his 8.8 rating. He almost got a 9 but when you look at the focus years, which is his hot streak, he needed just a few more movies in there to get him that extra two tenths of a point. Either way, Robin Williams is a genius and his legacy is solidified as one of the greatest comics of all time.