The 63-year-old actor was found dead last night in his home in Marin County, California, following an apparent suicide.
The cross-dressing comedy, released in 1993, stars Williams in the lead role, while he also served as the film’s producer. Williams’ character Daniel, whose marriage is on the rocks, becomes the elderly Scottish nanny Mrs Euphegenia Doubtfire, in order to look after his own children.
The classic film was a huge box office success, and the film won an Oscar for best make-up, given Williams’ transition.
One of the last films that Williams recorded was his leading role in Boulevard, in which he plays a man struggling to come to terms with his sexuality, after meeting the young street hustler Leo (Roberto Aguire).
The film – shot in Nashville last year – screened last month at the Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles, but is yet to secure distribution or a date for a commercial release.
In the 1996 remake of French farcical comedy La Cage aux Folles, Williams starred as Armand Goldman, a Jewish gay man who hides both his sexuality and ancestry in order to impress his son’s conservative future in-laws.
He said of the cult classic: “This movie is such a great comedy, maybe in the process of laughing there can be more acceptance at a time when people are trying to shove the clock back and writing the Constitution on an Etch-A-Sketch.”