63 (passed away Aug. 11th, 2014)
Jul. 21st, 1951
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Guest
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.
- Owns a home and vineyard in Northern California's St. Helena district, hence the quip, "I love the smell of Napa in the morning." Not-too-distant neighbors include football legend 'Joe Montana (I)' (qv) (Calistoga) and filmmaker 'Francis Ford Coppola' (qv) (Rutherford), both of whom run their own vineyards.
- He is one of the few celebrities to have a segment in Sesame Street that didn't have any puppets or actors playing sesame street regular characters.
- 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.
- 1997: Voted funniest man alive by Entertainment Weekly.
- Recovering at the Cleveland Clinic after successful open heart surgery on March 13, 2009 to replace his aortic valve.
- Met second wife 'Marsha Garces Williams' (qv) when she was nanny for his and 'Valerie Velardi' (qv)'s, his first wife, son Zachary.
- Was the second choice for the role of Frank in _Little Miss Sunshine (2006)_ (qv), but he turned it down.
- (July 2006) Checked himself into rehab to be treated for alcoholism. He already overcome a drug and alcohol addiction in the '80s. He left rehab in September 2006.