Robin Williams

When he was great: Moscow On The Hudson (1984), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), Good Will Hunting (1997)
Since then: RV (2006), License To Wed (2007), Old Dogs (2009)

Rightfully so, Robin Williams has earned a reputation as one of comedy’s wildest, most manic personalities. He’s one of the best talk show guests out there, and, whenever he hops back on stage and blows the proverbial dust off, he’s a one-of-a-kind stand-up comic. What’s not as often acknowledged, however, is Williams’ superb acting chops, on full display in dramatic classics like Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting.

So where the hell are those chops? Other than voice work in last year’s animated sequel Happy Feet 2, Williams hasn’t acted in a movie since 2009; making matters infinitely worse, his last flick was Old Dogs, a mega-stinker that garnered four Golden Raspberry award nominations, including Worst Picture. All it’ll take, we’re sure, is another lo-fi independent project, a la Good Will Hunting, to revive Williams’ Hollywood cred; considering that he’s not attached to any new movies whatsoever at the moment, who knows when that will ever happen, if at all.