August 12, 2014 8:27 am
Updated: August 12, 2014 9:14 am

Robin Williams had strong ties to Canada

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TORONTO — Robin Williams, who died Monday at 63, had strong ties to Canada.

Between 1994 and 2014, the actor made at least a dozen films in the country, appeared twice at the Toronto International Film Festival, performed stand-up on stages from Vancouver to Montreal and enjoyed the slopes of the Canadian Rockies.

During a Reddit AMA session late last year, Williams called Canada “the kindest country in the world.” Naturally, he added a joke. “You are like a really nice apartment over a meth lab.”

In 2005, Williams was spotted snowboarding at Sunshine Village in Banff. He was there to support the Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Celebrity Sports Invitational — an annual fundraiser for Kennedy’s environmental organization.

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While making movies in Vancouver and Toronto, Williams was known to drop by at local comedy clubs and perform.

But Williams spent most of his time in Canada making movies. Here’s a look:

Jumanji (1995)

This family adventure was filmed on the U.S. east coast and in various parts of British Columbia. The film earned $263 million at the box office.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Williams earned an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work in this drama, which was largely shot in Toronto (where the campus of the University of Toronto doubled as Harvard). It made $226 million.

Death to Smoochy (2002)

In this comedy, Williams played troubled kids show host Rainbow Randolph. The movie was made in Toronto (the Smoochy on Ice scene was inside Maple Leaf Gardens) and in Hamilton. It was a massive flop, earning only $8.4 million.

Insomnia (2002)

Williams starred opposite Al Pacino in this crime drama by Christopher Nolan that was primarily filmed in and around Squamish, Port Alberni, Stewart and Vancouver. It grossed $114 million at the box office.

Noel (2004)

Filmed in Montreal, this drama features Williams in an uncredited cameo as a priest. The movie, starring Penelope Cruz and the late Paul Walker, was a box office disappointment.

The Final Cut (2004)

In this sci-fi thriller, Williams plays a man with the ability to edit over people’s recorded past. The movie was shot in Berlin and Vancouver and bombed at the box office.

The Big White (2005)

This snowy dark comedy, set in Alaska, was partially shot in Winnipeg and Whitehorse. It, too, was a flop.

RV (2006)

This family road trip movie was shot in Vancouver and Chilliwack as well as parts of Alberta including Lethbridge, Rainier and Kananaskis Country. It made a paltry $88 million.

Man of the Year (2006)

Filmed all over Southern Ontario — including Toronto and Hamilton — this political comedy featured Williams along with Christopher Walken, Laura Linney and Jeff Goldblum. It earned $41 million.

Night at the Museum (2006)

Williams portrayed Teddy Roosevelt in this Ben Stiller comedy, which was shot in Vancouver. He reprised his role for the 2009 sequel Battle of the Smithsonian and had recently wrapped a third chapter, Secret of the Tomb. The first two movies made nearly a billion dollars combined.

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