There’s no way I’m the only one who saw Robin Williams as a father figure. An entire generation of kids were enchanted by his performances at an important age, one where it’s surprising to learn that adults can be funny, too. Since my first introduction to him was his role as the Genie in Aladdin, it’s strange to look at his career as a whole. He never shied away from a challenge or dark performances, except when he was trying too hard, and yet I cannot shake this trajectory since it mirrors how I’ve come to think of adults in my life. His untimely death is a heartbreaking tragedy.