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, 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.
- November 25, 1991: Son Cody Alan Williams, with 'Marsha Garces Williams' (qv), born.
- 2002: After a 20-year break from doing stand-up comedy, he came back with a show live on Broadway. It won a Grammy for best spoken word album in 2003.
- 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.
- After having won the Academy Award for _Good Will Hunting (1997)_ (qv), he sent 'Peer Augustinski' (qv) (who is his standard German dubbing voice) a little Oscar replica with a note: "Thank you for making me famous in Germany".
- Williams and 'Robert De Niro' (qv) were the last stars to see 'John Belushi' (qv) alive, albeit on separate visits to bungalow #3 of L.A.'s Chateau Marmont hotel that fateful day in March 1982.
- During the course of recording the voice of Genie in _Aladdin (1992)_ (qv), Robin improvised so much they had almost 16 hours of material. He also ad-libbed so many of his lines that the movie's script was turned down for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award nomination.
- Was set to appear on an episode of _"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv) as the time traveler Prof. Berlinghoff Rasmussen, but a schedule conflict forced him to drop out (the role eventually went to 'Matt Frewer' (qv)). He was inspired to seek a Trek role by his friend 'Whoopi Goldberg' (qv), who made several appearances on _"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv) as the bartender Guinan.
- 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.