The 25 Greatest Actors Of The '90s

By EW Staff
August 07, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

“Robin Williams’ greatest attribute isn’t that he’s just funny or just creative. It’s that he’s an intellectual. He couldn’t do all those characters he does or dart around in his imagination if he didn’t have the mental alacrity he has. That’s why he can be brilliant in comedy, drama, and whatever else he gets his mind around.” — SAM SHEPARD

It could be argued that Williams, 47, is more properly categorized as an entertainer—no, make that phenomenon—than as an actor. Yet he’s earned three Oscar nominations for dramatic roles (Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, and The Fisher King) and won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for last year’s Good Will Hunting. And few would dispute that there is greatness in his physical comedy and vocal pyrotechnics.

DON’T MISS: Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

NEXT: The fantasy/romance What Dreams May Come (Oct. 2); the drama Patch Adams (Dec. 25)