63 (passed away Aug. 11th, 2014)
Jul. 21st, 1951
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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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.
- 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).
- (October 2008) Filed a lawsuit against Frank and Beans Productions, production company of a shelved movie called "A Couple of Dicks". Williams claims that he received $6 million in "fixed compensation", meaning that he would receive the money whether the film was made or not.
- 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 considered for the Bobby Wheeler role in the TV series _"Taxi" (1978)_ (qv). It went to 'Jeff Conaway' (qv).
- 1996: He reached a unique milestone by having two of his films reach the $100-million mark in the US exactly the same week, _Jumanji (1995)_ (qv) and _The Birdcage (1996)_ (qv).
- Was offered the role of The Riddler in _Batman Forever (1995)_ (qv). It eventually went to 'Jim Carrey' (qv).
- Moved to San Francisco when he was 16.
- Graduated from Redwood High School in Larkspur, California, north of San Francisco. Other famous alumni from Redwood include 'Gabrielle Carteris' (qv) (_"Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990)_ (qv)) and 'Erin Gray (I)' (qv) (Kate from _"Silver Spoons" (1982)_ (qv)), and Jason Branson, radio talk show guest/therapist and author.