Robin Williams did pop culture impressions and pop culture did impressions of him too. Here are 9 of them
"The Simpsons"

In the unfortunately titled Simpsons episode, "How I Wet Your Mother," Homer dreams of Robin Williams. The suspenders-wearing edition. Elsewhere, in the episode "Grift of the Magi," a joke is made of Williams's legendary hairiness. (See next slide.)

"The Simpsons" again

Robin Williams truly was a hairy man, depicted here on the news by Springfield's Kent Brockman.

"Family Guy"

Robin Williams's likeness appeared in several episodes of Family Guy, most memorably perhaps in "Family Guy Viewer Mailbag #2," during which Peter Griffin is granted a wish that turns everyone and everything into Robin Williamses.

"Big Bang Theory" star Simon Helberg does a Williams Impression

The comedic actor takes on Robin Williams on an episode of Conan.

Jimmy Fallon does a Williams Impression

Jimmy Fallon started his career doing impressions. Considering how recognizable Williams is, Fallon wouldn't have been able to get very far without being able to do one of him. Here he is, taking on the role for a spin on America's Got Talent. (Impression starts at 1:13)

"Saturday Night Live"

Jimmy Fallon also had the chance to do Williams on one of the recurring Celebrity Jeopardy segments on Saturday Night Live.

A professional Robin Williams impersonator

David Born is a professional Robin Williams impersonator. Here is his TV reel.

"Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!"

One of the times David Born played Robin Williams on TV was on the Tim and Eric episode, entitled "My Robin Williams."

Pete Holmes' podcast goes "Hobbit Williams"

Comedian and frequent TV presence Pete Holmes loves doing impressions, including one of Robin Williams. On an episode of his podcast, You Made It Weird, he recreates a bit with Andy Haynes entitled "Hobbit Williams." Listen to it here. (The "Hobbit Williams" bit starts at 36:30).

"Mrs. Doubtfire" tribute on "Arrested Development"

David Cross's Arrested Development character Tobias Fünke had an arc in season two in which he fully recreated the plot of Mrs. Doubtfire, one of Williams's best known movie roles. Although it wasn't a direct reference to the actor, it was a tribute to how deeply Williams could embed a character in pop consciousness.


The Impression He Left: 9 Pop Culture Tributes To Robin Williams

On August 11, we lost an endlessly inventive comedian and Oscar-winning actor. Robin Williams's legacy will live on, though. Here are some of the many ways pop culture showed it's got him in its bloodstream.

On August 11, beloved entertainer Robin Williams passed away. He was 63 years old. Not everybody has a favorite Robin Williams role. It's hard to settle on one of them. Should it come from the groundbreaking comedian's funny films, or the Academy Award-winning actor's meaty dramatic performances; from his more family-friendly oeuvre, or something a little more racy? He was a colossal talent with incredible range—adept at playing lovable buffoons, stone-cold psychopaths, and the entire spectrum in between and beyond. Perhaps the most indelible impression Williams made, however, was in the role of Robin Williams.

Robin Williams in MORK & MINDY (1978)Photo by Jim Britt, ABC via Getty Images

Through his wildly energetic stand-up specials, unpredictable talk show appearances, and various hosting duties, Williams forged a singular persona whenever he showed up as himself. In his earliest efforts, he was a whirling dervish of improv, impressions, and zingers. As he matured, the maniacal pace may have slowed down a bit, but not by much. The way that Williams is portrayed in pop culture, on the other hand, has not changed a bit. Everybody tends to disregard that the performer has long since stopped wearing a red Hawaiian shirt and backwards Kangol hat, or Mork's rainbow suspenders. In the many times his likeness has appeared on TV shows and cartoons, he is crystalized in this form.

Although these portrayals of Robin Williams may all too often veer into caricature, it was never in doubt that there is an underlying bedrock of affection and respect for the man in Hollywood. One need look no further than a stricken Conan O'Brien announcing the tragic news to the audience of his show last night to see the impact Williams had on his fellow entertainers. Have a look through the slides above to see more instances of his impact on pop culture.

[Photo by Jim Britt, ABC via Getty Images]

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  • artistmurthy

    I loved the man...thought he was Creativity personified..... Robin Williams and Jonathan winters.... these are the Greats. They inspired me... and will continue to.... RIP..... God has Blessed All of Us ...through these wonderful people.... Murthy Gollapudi from India

  • stu

    Certainly one of the most creative people going around - joining dots that were never there to be joined!

    More research needs to be done on the dark side of the creative personality ... the same thing that drives it, extinguishes it, all too often. RIP.

  • Thanks for sharing these wonderful moments of Robin's creativity. He definitely had an enormous impact on pop culture.

    But more than that, he had a huge impression on me personally and I'm hoping you mind me sharing my experience here.

    "How Robin Williams Helped Save Me From Depression"