To honor the late actor Robin Williams’ birthday, Sundance TV will broadcast “Jumanji” at 9 p.m. ET tonight.
Williams, who passed away nearly two years ago, would have celebrated his 65th birthday on July 21. He played roles in family friendly-films such as “Night at the Museum” and “Hook” as well as more dramatic roles in “Good Will Hunting” and “Patch Adams.”
The 1995 “Jumanji” film is based on the 1981 children’s book of the same name in which a jungle-themed board game that comes to life. Williams plays Alan Parrish, a man who’s been trapped inside the game for years until two children begin playing and rescue him. The rest of the movie follows their struggles to escape the dangers that come with each roll of the dice. The intense, life-like graphics of giant bugs, stampeding animals and quick-sand pits, may be too much for young viewers but are a captivating watch for the rest of us.
Williams starred in more than 50 films reaching adult and children alike. Williams had the ability to both make people laugh or to cry but beyond that he was always there to entertain. Robin Williams truly is missed by audiences and filmmakers alike. He left a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.