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Also Known As: Died: August 11, 2014
Born: July 21, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...
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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.

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