Robin Williams was one of a kind. His rare energy, purity, and fundamental essence—that “spark of madness,” to use his words—will never be matched. His mind really seemed to function on another level entirely; all one had to do was put him in front of a camera, and magic was bound to happen. Many people probably forget that Williams was a gifted dramatic actor, and that he even won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting. Still, Robin Williams will likely be best remembered as a man who made us laugh. His comedy was distinctly his own. There simply was nothing else like it, and probably never will be again. But, like every great artist that passes away, his spirit lives on through his work. We can visit Robin Williams whenever we wish, through the many wonderful performances that he gave us. In doing so, we remind ourselves that we, too, must hold on dearly to our own little sparks of madness.

Watch Now: Have you seen all of Robin Williams’s work? Be sure to catch one of his early films, “Seize the Day,” streaming now on Fandor!

Also, don’t forget to jump into previous episodes of our series, “The Gush,” in which we praise the likes of Joaquin Phoenix, Lakeith Stanfield, Tom Cruise, Josh Brolin, and Tessa Thompson. While you’re at it, join us in paying homage to other artists who have since passed on, but whom we can never forget, like Roger Ebert, Heath Ledger, and Anton Yelchin.