Jul. 21st, 1951
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Guest TV Roles
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, 19780. They have one child, Zachary "Zak" Pym (born 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 (born July 31, 1989) and Cody Alan (born 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, on October 23, 2011, in St. Helena, California. They currently reside together in Williams' house in Sea Cliff, a neighborhood in San Francisco, California.
- Met second wife 'Marsha Garces Williams' (qv) when she was nanny for his and 'Valerie Velardi' (qv)'s, his first wife, son Zachary.
- An active supporter of the US Democratic Party, he has been outspoken about his opposition to the war in Iraq. However, he has become the most consistent entertainer of US troops since the war began, leading some to dub him the next 'Bob Hope (I)' (qv).
- Studied at Julliard with actor 'Christopher Reeve' (qv). The two remained good friends until Reeve's death in 2004.
- Most of his dialogue in _Aladdin (1992)_ (qv) is ad-libbed.
- His role in _August Rush (2007)_ (qv) was modeled after the character of Fagin from _Oliver Twist (1948)_ (qv), who was played in 'David Lean (I)' (qv)'s film by 'Alec Guinness' (qv). Guinness also played Osric in 'John Gielgud' (qv)'s theatrical production of Hamlet. Williams played the role in 'Kenneth Branagh' (qv)'s film version.
- 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.
- Though he is highly regarded for his ability to perform numerous different voices, he only has lent his voice to five animated features: _FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)_ (qv), _Aladdin (1992)_ (qv), _Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1995) (V)_ (qv), _Robots (2005)_ (qv), and _Happy Feet (2006)_ (qv). However, he did have the occupation of doing voice-over work for a cartoon on _Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)_ (qv), played a small role in the TV animated short _A Wish for Wings That Work (1991) (TV)_ (qv), and has done narration for different rides and attractions at Disney World. He has also done the voice for the character "Dr. Know" in the movie _Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)_ (qv), which is in itself not a animated movie.
- Resides with his family in San Francisco's Seacliff neighborhood.