ROBIN WILLIAMS BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Robin Williams was born on July 21st, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois with the birth name Robin McLaurim Williams to parents Laura McLaurin, a former model and Robert Fitzgerald Williams who was employed as an executive at Ford Motor Company.
Williams was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and attended school at Detroit Country Day School. His family later relocated to California and he earned his High School diploma from Redwood High.
After High School, he went on to study political science at Claremont McKenna College, before deciding to change his career goals and left college early and enrolled at Julliard to study theatre. When he graduated, Williams found work in a number of night clubs.
Soon Williams was working on television making appearances on such series as, "The Richard Pryor Show" followed by an appearance on, "Happy Days" as the character Mork. Robin Williams was so liked by viewers that a spin off show was made titled, "Mork and Mindy" (1978-1982) co-starring Pam Dawber.
Soon, Williams was also appearing on HBO in a number of stand up comedy shows such as, "Off The Wall" (1978), "An Evening with Robin Williams" (1982) and "Robin Williams: Live at the Met" (1986).
Although he has made a couple television guest appearances and worked on a number of stage productions, the majority of his career work has been in films. When he appeared on the big screen in, "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987) starring with Forest Whitaker, his performance earned a Academy Award nomination. Some of his other film roles have been in, "Aladdin" (1992) and "Good Will Hunting" (1998) with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgard, for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
He has also starred in a variety of stage productions such as heading his own, one-man show, "Robin Williams: Live on Broadway" and also in a production of, "Waiting for Godot" opposite Steve Martin.
Robin Williams continued to gain critical success as an actor earning two more Academy Award nominations for his roles in the films, "Dead Poets Society" (1989), "The Fisher King" (1991) with Jeff Bridges and "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993) alongside Sally Field, Roscoe Lee Browne and Pierce Brosnan.
Williams has also used his talent as an actor in a number of voice over films such as, "Happy Feet" (2006), "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" (2001), "Robots" (2005), "The Timekeeper" and even for the Disney film, "Aladdin", although there was some disagreement between Disney and Williams not to use his name for marketing purposes. This was resolved and after receiving a public apology from Disney to Williams, he did return to voice for Disney in the film, "Jack". Williams was even inducted into the Disney Hall of Fame being designated as a Disney Legend in 2009.
Many of his performances incorporate his improvisational skills and impersonations.
He has received a number of honors throughout his career such as being voted 13th on Comedy Central's list of, "100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Times" in 2004. He has also won two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.
Throughout his life he has also battled with numerous addictions to such things as cocaine and alcohol and is still trying to overcome his addiction to alcohol. Robin Williams is also involved in a number of charitable projects such as founding the Windfall Foundation which helps raise money for various charities.
Robin Williams has been married three times throughout his lifetime. His first wife was Valerie Velardi whom he wed in 1978 and together they have one son, Zachary Pym. He had an affair on his wife and therefore, was divorced in 1988. He then married his son's nanny in 1989, Marsha Garces who was already pregnant with his second child and they then had another child together, but this marriage also ended in 2008. He was married to his third wife, Susan Schneider whom he wed in 2011.
On Monday morning August 11, 2014 the reknowned comic and Oscar winning dramatic actor died at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide at his home in Tiburon, California.
May you rest in peace Robin Williams, the world will miss you.
2012 The Wedding
2011 Happy Feet Two
2009 Old Dogs
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
2009 World's Greatest Dad
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
2007 August Rush
2007 License to Wed
2006 Night at the Museum
2006 Happy Feet
2006 Man of the Year
2006 Everyone's Hero
2006 The Night Listener
2005 The Big White
2004 House of D
2004 The Final Cut
2003 Life with Bonnie
2003 Freedom: A History of Us
2002 Death to Smoochy
2002 One Hour Photo
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence
1999 Bicentennial Man
1999 Jakob the Liar
1999 L.A. Doctors
1998 Patch Adams
1998 What Dreams May Come
1998 One Saturday Morning
1998 Disney's Math Quest with Aladdin
1997 Good Will Hunting
1997 Deconstructing Harry
1997 Fathers' Day
1997 Great Minds Think for Themselves
1996 The Secret Agent
1996 The Birdcage
1995 Aladdin on Ice
1995 To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
1995 Nine Months
1995 Aladdin and the King of Thieves
1994 In Search of Dr. Seuss
1994 Being Human
1994 Homicide: Life on the Street
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire
1992 The Larry Sanders Show
1992 From Time to Time
1992 FernGully: The Last Rainforest
1991 A Wish for Wings That Work
1991 The Fisher King
1991 Shakes the Clown
1991 Dead Again
1991 Rabbit Ears: The Fool and the Flying Ship
1990 Cadillac Man
1989 Dead Poets Society
1988 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
1988 Rabbit Ears: Pecos Bill
1988 Portrait of a White Marriage
1987 Good Morning, Vietnam
1987 Jonathan Winters: On the Ledge
1986 Seize the Day
1986 Club Paradise
1986 The Best of Times
1984 Pryor's Place
1984 Moscow on the Hudson
1983 The Survivors
1982 SCTV Network
1982 Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour
1982 Faerie Tale Theatre
1982 The World According to Garp
1978-1982 Mork & Mindy
1979 Out of the Blue
1978-1979 Happy Days
1978 America 2-Night
1977 Eight Is Enough
1977 The Richard Pryor Show