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Mork On Mork & Mindy (1978-1982) , Airman Second Class Adrian Cronauer In Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), John Keating In Dead Poets Society (1989).
Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance. After rising to fame as Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978–82), Williams went on to establish a career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. He was known for his improvisational skills.
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Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11,2014) was an American actor, voice actor, and stand-up comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy, Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. His film career included such acclaimed films as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye (1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). He also appeared in the video to "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin.
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997). He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.
On August 11, 2014, Williams was found unconscious at his residence and was pronounced dead at the scene The coroner's office in Tiburon ruled the cause of death as suicide by asphyxiation.
Williams was born 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 (while his mother practiced Christian Science). He 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). In-between Claremont and Juilliard, he attended the College of Marin for theatre. 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.
Marriages and children
Robin Williams' first marriage was to Valerie Velardi on June 4, 1978. They have one child, Zachary Pym (Zak) (born 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 in 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 (born July 31, 1989) and Cody Alan (born 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, on October 23, 2011, in St. Helena, California. They resided together in Williams' house in Sea Cliff, a neighborhood in San Francisco, California.
Williams was found unconscious in his home in unincorporated Tiburon, California, at around 11:55 a.m. PDT on August 11, 2014, and was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m. The Marin County Coroner Division suspects the death to be suicide by asphyxia, pending investigation. A forensic examination and postliminary toxicology test is scheduled for August 12, 2014. According to his publicist, Williams was "battling severe depression" in the time before his death, though his publicist would not confirm the reports that the death was suicide.
Williams's wife said, "I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken."
Fellow comedian, Steve Martin, tweeted, "I could not be stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul."
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Robin McLaurim Williams
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Robert Fitzgerald Williams (Monday September 10, 1906 – Sunday October 18, 1987) (Aged 81) (Was A Senior Executive At Ford Motor Company In Charge Of The Midwest Region.)
Laura McLaurin Smith (Saturday September 24, 1922 – Tuesday September 4, 2001) (Aged 78) (Was A Former Model From New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.)
Todd (Step Brother) (Died On Tuesday August 14,2007), McLaurin (Step Brother)
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Monty Python's Flying Circus, Star Trek, Doctor Who
Favorite TV Shows
Mork And Mindy
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Actor, Voice Actor, And Stand-Up Comedian.
Political Science, Claremont Men`s College, Claremont, California, United States (Dropped Out), Drama, College Of Marin, Kentfield, California, United States And Novato, California, United States, Drama, Juilliard School, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States (Group 6, 1973–1976)
Detroit Country Day School,Beverly Hills, Michigan, United States (Left Way Prior To Graduation), Redwood High School, Larkspur, California, United States (1969)
Place of Death
Paradise Cay, California, United States
Cause of Death
Asphyxia Due To Hanging
Stanley Wilson, Jeff Bridges, Conan O'Brien, Billy Crystal, Billy Connolly, Whoopi Goldberg
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Observational comedy, improvisational comedy, character comedy, self-deprecation, surreal humor