Robin Williams, one of the most beloved comedians and actors of this or any generation, was found dead this morning in what is being reported as a suicide at his home in California. Williams—known, among other things, for his expressive and chameleonic voice which he would twist into ridiculous and on-point accents and songs—was also an impeccable improvisational comedian, and often incorporated a huge variety of music into his off-the-cuff performances. That didn’t rule out hip-hop, either. In tribute to the man, XXL has put together a brief history of Robin Williams rapping in movies, in his standup and on the small screen. RIP.
The Raptor, Mrs. Doubtfire
If this wasn’t improvised, then whoever wrote it knew Williams better than anyone could have. A hilariously small bit from one of his most iconic movies.
“Batty Rap,” FernGully: The Last Rainforest
“Yo, the name is Batty/The logic is erratic,” introduces Williams’ character in this voice acting role from 1992. Bizarre, but endearingly so more than 20 years down the line.