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Also Known As: Ray D. Tutto, Robin Mclaurim Williams, Marty Fromage Died: August 11, 2014
Born: July 21, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, comedian, comedy writer, producer, director, mime, restaurateur, restaurant worker

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A consistent audience favorite since he burst onto the small screen as a red-suited alien from planet Ork in 1978, the irrepressible and irreverent Robin Williams fittingly enjoyed one of Hollywood's most unique and long-lasting careers. His classical Juilliard dramatic training coupled with his unequaled talents for improvisation led to award-winning roles as outrageous comic characters in "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993) and "The Birdcage" (1996) as well as subtle and well-observed dramatic figures in "The World According to Garp" (1982), "The Fisher King" (1991) and "Good Will Hunting" (1997). Williams also maintained a reputation as one of the top stand-up comics in the history of the medium for his hyperkinetic act, which seemingly followed his every stray thought into energetic riffs and tangents as well as employing a spot-on mimicry of people of all stripes. Although the actor and comedian, who had long been upfront about his personal demons, had been batting severe depression for some time, his suicide on August 11, 2014 stunned his longtime friends and fans.

A consistent audience favorite since he burst onto the small screen as a red-suited alien from planet Ork in 1978, the irrepressible and irreverent Robin Williams fittingly enjoyed one of Hollywood's most unique and long-lasting careers. His classical Juilliard dramatic training coupled with his unequaled talents for improvisation led to award-winning roles as outrageous comic characters in "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993) and "The Birdcage" (1996) as well as subtle and well-observed dramatic figures in "The World According to Garp" (1982), "The Fisher King" (1991) and "Good Will Hunting" (1997). Williams also maintained a reputation as one of the top stand-up comics in the history of the medium for his hyperkinetic act, which seemingly followed his every stray thought into energetic riffs and tangents as well as employing a spot-on mimicry of people of all stripes. Although the actor and comedian, who had long been upfront about his personal demons, had been batting severe depression for some time, his suicide on August 11, 2014 stunned his longtime friends and fans.

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 Boulevard (2014)
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 Big Wedding, The (2013)
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 Happy Feet Two (2011)
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 Old Dogs (2009)
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Raised in Bloomfield Hills, MI
1967:
When his father took early retirement, family moved to Tiburon in Marin County, CA (date approx.)
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Performed in San Francisco nightclubs including Holy City Zoo, Intersection, The Great American Music Hall and The Boardinghouse, and in Los Angeles at The Comedy Store, Improvisation and The Ice House
1977:
First regular TV role on "Laugh-In" revival (NBC)
1978:
First appeared as the space alien Mork from Ork on an episode of the ABC sitcom "Happy Days" (in February)
1978:
Starred as Mork opposite Pam Dawber on the ABC sitcom "Mork and Mindy"
1979:
Feature film debut in "Can I Do It...Till I Need Glasses"
1980:
First starring film role in "Popeye," directed by Robert Altman
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Made directorial debut with an episode of "Mork and Mindy"
1982:
Breakthrough screen role as Garp in George Roy Hill's film version of the John Irving novel "The World According to Garp"
1982:
Voiced Mork on the animated ABC series "Mork & Mindy"
1983:
Headlined the HBO special "An Evening with Robin Williams"
1986:
Wrote and starred in "Robin Williams: Live at the Met" (HBO)
1986:
With Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal, began hosting the annual "Comic Relief" telecasts on HBO; funds raised went to help the homeless
1987:
Earned first Best Actor Academy Award nomination as disc jockey Adrian Cronauer in Barry Levinson's "Good Morning, Vietnam"
1987:
Was featured in "A Carol Burnett Special...Carol, Carl, Whoopi & Robin" (CBS)
1987:
Made rare dramatic TV appearance in the PBS' "Great Performances" presentation "Seize the Day"
1988:
Co-starred on stage with Steve Martin in Mike Nichols' production of "Waiting For Godot" at Lincoln Center
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Co-founded production company (with Marsha Garces Williams), Blue Wolf Productions Inc.
1989:
Garnered second Oscar nomination as Best Actor for his turn as a prep school teacher in "Dead Poets Society"
1990:
Portrayed Oliver Sacks in Penny Marshall's screen version of "Awakenings," co-starring Robert De Niro
1991:
Received third Academy Award nod as Best Actor for "The Fisher King"
1991:
Starred as a grown up Peter Pan in Steven Spielberg's "Hook"
1992:
Voiced the character of the Genie in Disney's animated "Aladdin"
1992:
Reuinted with Barry Levinson as the star of "Toys"
1992:
Hosted the HBO series "Shakespeare: The Animated Tales"
1993:
Made dramatic guest appearance on the second season premiere of the NBC series "Homicide: Life on the Streets"
1993:
Had major boxoffice hit with Chris Columbus' comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire"; played the title role in drag; also debut as producer
1995:
Played a Russian-speaking obstetrician in Chris Columbus' "Nine Months"
1996:
Reprised role of the Genie in the direct-to-video release "Aladdin and the King of Thieves"
1996:
Starred opposite Nathan Lane in Mike Nichols' "The Birdcage," an American remake of the French farce "La Cage aux folles" (1978)
1996:
Played first Shakespearean role, Osric, in Kenneth Branagh's full-length film version of "Hamlet"
1997:
Teamed with Billy Crystal for "Father's Day"
1997:
Starred in "Flubber", a remake of the Disney film "The Absent-Minded Professor" (1961)
1997:
Earned rave reviews for his performance as a therapist counselling a troubled math genius in "Good Will Hunting"
1998:
Played real-life doctor "Patch Adams," who utilized humor in treating patients
1999:
Reteamed with Chris Columbus for "Bicentennial Man"
2001:
Voiced character of Dr. Know in "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"
2002:
Played a deposed children's host bent on revenge in the black comedy "Death to Smoochy"
2002:
Had featured role in "Insomnia"
2002:
Live uncensored comedy special "Robin Williams: Live on Broadway," aired on HBO; earned an Emmy nomination
2004:
Starred in the thriller "The Final Cut" with James Caviezel and Mira Sorvino
2005:
Voiced Fender in the animated feature "Robots"
2005:
Cast in David Duchovny's directorial debut "House of D"
2006:
Co-starred with Toni Collette in Armistead Maupin's adaptation of "The Night Listener"
2006:
Played a comic talk show host who gets elected to the presidency in "Man of the Year"
2006:
Voiced the characters of Ramon and Lovelace in the animated feature "Happy Feet"
2006:
Cast as Theodore Roosevelt opposite Ben Stiller in the action-adventure-comedy "Night at the Museum"
2007:
Cast as an overbearing minister in "Licence to Wed"
2007:
Cast in "August Rush" with Freddie Highmore and Keri Russell
2008:
Received an Emmy nominationn for his guest starring role on NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
2009:
Reprised role as Theodore Roosevelt in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"
2009:
Co-starred with John Travolta in the comedy "Old Dogs"
2009:
Starred in the HBO comedy special "Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction"; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
2010:
Earned a Grammy nomination for the comedy album <i>Weapons Of Self Destruction</i>
2011:
Reprised voiceover roles in the animated sequel "Happy Feet Two"
2013:
Appeared in "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
2013:
Cast on the show "The Crazy Ones" with Sarah Michelle Gellar
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Education

Claremont Men's College: Claremont , California -
College of Marin: Kentfield , California -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York -
Redwood High School: Larkspur , California - 1969

Notes

Some sources list 1951 as the year of Mr. Williams' birth.

While attending Juilliard, Williams roomed with actor Christopher Reeve.

In 1989, he was named Man of the Year by the Harvard Hasty Pudding Club

With Robert De Niro, he is part owner of the San Francisco eatery Rubicon

"Sure comedy is a defense, and I've used it as that. It's a way of keeping people from coming at you."---Robin Williams quoted in The Sidney Morning Herald, January 2, 1998.

"People often overlook the fact that he's an incredible actor as well as comedian. They think he channels ... in fact it's the culmination of such an extraordinary work ethic and effort. He will do 30 takes just to give [a director] options in the editing room."---Matt Damon, co-writer and co-star of "Good Will Hunting", quoted in USA Today, November 27, 1997.

"When your name's above the title, there's a lot of pressure on you. When you're a supporting actor, you're just free to do the character."---Williams to TV Guide, August 3, 1996.

"Money's never been the reason for me to recommend anything. Unless the entire country collapses, we have as much as we'll ever need. I'm more interested in looking at what Robin hasn't done and seeing what's next. I'm prejudiced, but I've never seen anyone with his range."---Marsha Garces Williams quoted in New York Magazine, November 22, 1993.

"His is a different rhythm altogether [from Jeff Bridges'], much more improvisory, but he has that quality of seeing and listening too, a free-wheeling pas de deux. When he is acting and not doing stand-up, you see the pentimento of the Juilliard student who did Shakespeare and you see a technique and discipline exclusively an actor's."---Mercedes Ruehl evaluating working with Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges in "The Fisher King" (1991), as quoted in Los Angeles Times, September 24, 1991.

Williams is the first comic to command the stage at Lincoln Center with his show, "Robin Williams Live at the Met."

"It's been a sequence. With 'Good Morning, Vietnam', people said, 'Ah, at last he's found a way to be funny and still be a little restrained.' With 'Dead Poet's Society', they went, 'Oh, this is interesting, he's even more restrained.' And with 'Awakenings', it'll be 'Look! He's medicated! He's gone even further. What's he playing next? He's playing a door. And after that? A black hole'."---Robin Williams quoted in Rolling Stone, February 21, 1991.

Williams is a primary force in the annual "Comic Relief" benefit to aid the homeless.

He received a honorary doctorate from Juilliard in 1991.

With Kevin Costner, shared the 1991 the Hollywood Women's Press Club's Golden Apple Award as male star of the year for enchancing Hollywood's image.

"Stand-up is the place where you can do things that you could never do in public. I couldn't go out on the street right now and talk for five minutes about eating p----y without people going Officer!"---Robin Williams quoted in Entertainment Weekly, August 16, 2002.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Valerie Velardi. Former dancer. Married on June 4, 1978; separated in 1987; divorced c. 1988; one child together.
companion:
Michelle Tish Carter. Together c. 1984-86; sued Williams for $6.2 million claiming he gave her herpes during their two-year relationship; Williams countersued Carter for extortion.
wife:
Marsha Garces Williams. Producer, former nanny former personal assistant. Born c. 1957; of Finnish and Filipino extraction; began relationship while she was working as his personal assistant; married on April 30, 1989; her third marriage; formed Blue Wolf Productions with Williams; one of the producers of "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993).

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father:
Robert Williams. Car salesperson, auto industry executive. Worked for Lincoln-Mercury; born c. 1901; died in 1987.
mother:
Laurie Williams. Born on September 24, 1922; died on September 4, 2001.
son:
Zachary Williams. Born in 1983; mother, Valerie Velardi.
daughter:
Zelda Williams. Born on July 31, 1989; mother, Marsha Garces Williams.
son:
Cody Alan Williams. Born on November 25, 1991 in San Francisco; mother, Marsha Garces Williams.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Robin Williams" Thunder's Mouth Press
"The Life and Humor of Robin Williams" William Morrow

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