Robin Williams

Robin Williams

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63 (passed away Aug. 11th, 2014)
Jul. 21st, 1951
Born in
Chicago, Illinois, USA
5' 8

Robin Williams' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Crazy Ones TV Show
The Crazy Ones
Mork & Mindy TV Show
Mork & Mindy
Supermarket Sweep TV Show
Supermarket Sweep
The Richard Pryor Show TV Show
The Richard Pryor Show
The Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour TV Show
The Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour
Out of the Blue TV Show
Out of the Blue
Pryor's Place TV Show
Pryor's Place
Player$ TV Show
The Whoopi Goldberg Show TV Show
The Whoopi Goldberg Show
Class of... (UK) TV Show
Class of... (UK)
Clive Anderson All Talk (UK) TV Show
Clive Anderson All Talk (UK)
History of the Joke TV Show
History of the Joke
Night of 100 Stars TV Show
Night of 100 Stars
Wogan (UK) TV Show
Wogan (UK)

Main Movie Roles

2009 - Old Dogs
2009 - Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
2009 - Shrink
2008 - Dreams with Sharp Teeth
2007 - August Rush
2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
2007 - License To Wed
2006 - Man of the Year
2006 - Night at the Museum
2006 - Everyone's Hero
2006 - RV
2006 - The Night Listener
2006 - Happy Feet
2005 - Robots
2005 - The Aristocrats
2005 - The Big White
2004 - Noel
2004 - The Final Cut
2004 - House of D
2002 - One Hour Photo
2002 - Insomnia
2002 - Death to Smoochy
2001 - Artificial Intelligence: AI
1999 - Bicentennial Man
1999 - Jakob the Liar
1998 - Patch Adams
1998 - What Dreams May Come
1997 - Fathers' Day
1997 - Good Will Hunting
1997 - Flubber
1997 - Deconstructing Harry
1996 - Hamlet
1996 - The Birdcage
1996 - Jack
1995 - Jumanji
1995 - Nine Months
1993 - Mrs. Doubtfire
1992 - Aladdin
1992 - Toys
1992 - FernGully: The Last Rainforest
1991 - Dead Again
1991 - The Fisher King
1991 - Hook
1990 - Awakenings
1990 - Cadillac Man
1989 - Dead Poets Society
1987 - Good Morning Vietnam
1986 - Club Paradise
1986 - The Best Of Times
1984 - Moscow on the Hudson
1983 - The Survivors
1982 - The World According to Garp
1980 - Popeye

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Robin Williams
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Robin McLaurin Williams (born July 21, 1951) in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Laura McLaurin (née Smith, September 24, 1922 – September 4, 2001), was a former model from New Orleans, Louisiana. His father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams (September 10, 1906 – October 18, 1987), was a senior executive at Ford Motor Company in charge of the Midwest region. His maternal great-great-grandfather was Mississippi senator and governor Anselm J. McLaurin. Williams' ancestry includes English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, and French. He was raised in the Episcopal Church (his mother practiced Christian Science).

Williams grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he was a student at the Detroit Country Day School, and later moved to Woodacre, Marin County, California, where he attended the public Redwood High School. Williams studied at Claremont McKenna College (then called Claremont Men's College) for four years. He has two half-brothers: Todd (who died August 14, 2007) and McLaurin.

Williams has described himself as a quiet child whose first imitation was of his grandmother to his mother. He did not overcome his shyness until he became involved with his high-school drama department.

In 1973, Williams was one of only 20 students accepted into the freshman class at the Juilliard School, and one of only two students to be accepted by John Houseman into the Advanced Program at the school that year, the other being Christopher Reeve. In his dialects class, Williams had no trouble mastering all dialects quickly. Williams left Juilliard in 1976.

Williams has done a number of stand-up comedy tours since the early 1970s. Some of his most notable tours include An Evening With Robin Williams (1982), Robin Williams: At The Met (1986) and Robin Williams LIVE on Broadway (2002). The latter broke many long-held records for a comedy show. In some cases, tickets were sold out within thirty minutes of going on sale.

After a six-year break, in August 2008 Williams announced a brand new 26-city tour titled "Weapons of Self Destruction". He was quoted as saying that this was his last chance to make cracks at the expense of the current Bush Administration, but by the time the show was staged only a few minutes covered that subject. The tour started at the end of September 2009, finishing in New York on December 3, and was the subject of an HBO special on December 8, 2009.

Williams' first marriage was to Valerie Velardi (June 4, 1978). They have one child, Zachary "Zak" Pym (b. April 11, 1983). During Williams' first marriage, he was involved in an extramarital relationship with Michelle Tish Carter, a cocktail waitress whom he met in 1984. She sued him in 1986, claiming that he did not tell her he was infected with the herpes simplex virus before he embarked on a sexual relationship with her in the mid-1980s, during which, she said, he transmitted the virus to her. The case was settled out of court. Williams and Velardi divorced (1988).

On April 30, 1989, he married Marsha Garces, his son's nanny, who was already several months pregnant with his child. They have two children, Zelda Rae (b. July 31, 1989) and Cody Alan (b. November 25, 1991). However, in March 2008, Garces filed for divorce from Williams, citing irreconcilable differences.

Williams married his third wife, graphic designer Susan Schneider, (October 23, 2011), in St. Helena, California. They currently reside together in Williams' house in Sea Cliff, a neighborhood in San Francisco, California.

In mid-2014, Williams admitted himself into the Hazelden Foundation Addiction Treatment Center in Lindstrom, Minnesota, for treatment related to his alcoholism.

At 11:45 a.m. PDT on August 11, 2014, Williams was discovered unresponsive by his personal assistant at his home in Paradise Cay near Tiburon, California. Police and firefighters responded to a 9-1-1 emergency call; Williams was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. It was reported that Williams had apparently hanged himself with a belt and died due to asphyxiation.

  • 1976: Performed at the opening of the San Francisco Comedy Competition against 'Dana Carvey' (qv), 'Harry Anderson (I)' (qv) and 'A. Whitney Brown' (qv).
  • He was voted the 50th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
  • When he auditioned for the role of Mork from Ork on _"Happy Days" (1974)_ (qv), producer 'Garry Marshall' (qv) who told him to sit down. Williams immediately sat on his head on the chair. Marshall hired him, saying that he was the only alien who auditioned.
  • Most of his dialogue in _Aladdin (1992)_ (qv) is ad-libbed.
  • Is a fan of the sport of Rugby Union, and in particular New Zealand All Black star 'Jonah Lomu' (qv), who flew to San Francisco and gifted him with a signed All Black jersey. On a recent visit to New Zealand they were reunited on national TV, Williams humbly accepting another All Black jersey, except this time it had Jonah's number 11 on the back.
  • During the making of _"Mork & Mindy" (1978)_ (qv), Williams departed from the scripts and ad libbed so many times and so well, that the producers stop trying to make him stick to the script and deliberately left gaps in the later scripts leaving only "Mork can go off here" in those places so Robin could improvise.
  • Invented the curse word "Shazbot", first heard in the situation comedy _"Mork & Mindy" (1978)_ (qv) (in which Mork says the expression during the opening credits). Later, it was used in an episode of _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv) (Treehouse of Horror VI) with the Production Code 3F04, which aired on 10/30/95. In 1998 it was used as a voicechat option in the very popular "Starsiege Tribes" game and was carried over into the sequels, "Tribes 2" and "Tribes: Vengeance".
  • Helped his long-time friend 'Christopher Reeve' (qv) pay his medical bills during his final years following the horse riding accident.

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