July 21, 1951
August 11, 2014
5 ft 7 in | 170 cm
77 kg | 170 lbs
9 US | 42 EU
Robin McLaurin Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States, on July 21, 1951, was an American actor and comedian.
Young Robin Williams began his professional career as a stand-up comedian at clubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles in 1970s.
He landed his debut in a comedy club Holy City Zoo, in San Francisco.
He got his television debut in sketch comedy program Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1977).
He made his big screen debut in anthology comedy movie Can I Do It 'Till I Need Glasses? (1977) in role as Lawyer / Man with Toothache.
He got his first starring film role as Popeye in musical comedy Popeye (1980).
Robin's breakthrough performance came as Airman Second Class Adrian Cronauer in comedy drama film Good Morning Vietnam (1987), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
He landed his Broadway acting debut in a play "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" (2011) in the title role, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dr. Sean Maguire in drama film Good Will Hunting (1997).
He was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in movies:
The Fisher King (1991) comedy drama in role as Parry, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
Dead Poets Society (1989) drama in role as John Keating
He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as as Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire in comedy drama film Mrs. Doubtfire (1993).
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor for his roles in movies:
Moscow on the Hudson (1984) romantic comedy drama in role as Vladimir Ivanov
Awakenings (1990) drama in role as Dr. Malcolm Sayer
Patch Adams (1998) biographical comedy drama in role as Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams
He was honored with Special Golden Globe Award for Vocal Work in a Motion Picture for his role as Genie in animated musical fantasy film Aladdin (1992).
He played a wax model of Theodore Roosevelt in the Night at the Museum trilogy (2006–2014):
Night at the Museum (2006)
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) posthumous release
He won a Saturn Award for Best Actor for his role as Seymour "Sy" Parrish in psychological thriller film One Hour Photo (2002).
Hook (1991) fantasy adventure in role as Peter Banning / Peter Pan
Jumanji (1995) fantasy adventure with Kirsten Dunst
Fathers' Day (1997) comedy with Billy Crystal and Nastassja Kinski
Old Dogs (2009) comedy opposite John Travolta and Matt Dillon
The Birdcage (1996) comedy with Gene Hackman and Nathan Lane
Jack (1996) comedy drama with Jennifer Lopez
Insomnia (2002) psychological thriller opposite Al Pacino and Hilary Swank
Toys (1992) fantasy comedy with Robin Wright and Joan Cusack
Cadillac Man (1990) comedy drama with Tim Robbins
The Butler (2013) historical drama in role as Dwight D. Eisenhower
He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Mork in ABC sitcom Mork & Mindy (1978–1982).
He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for TV specials:
Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin (1987)
ABC Presents: A Royal Gala (1988)
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for:
Homicide: Life on the Street (1994) in episode "Bop Gun", in role as Robert Ellison
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2008) in episode "Authority", in role as Merritt Rook
He was nominated for the Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program and Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program for HBO stand-up special Robin Williams: Live on Broadway (2003).
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) for TV Special Robin Williams: Weapons Of Self Destruction (2010).
He hosted Saturday Night Live (1981, 1986, 1988).
He played Simon Roberts in CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones (2013-2014).
He won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Albums for:
Reality...What a Concept (1980)
A Night at the Met (1988)
Good Morning, Vietnam (1989)
Robin Williams Live - 2002 (2003)
Attended public elementary school in Lake Forest at Gorton Elementary School and middle school at Deer Path Junior High School.
Studied at the private Detroit Country Day School.
Graduated from Redwood High School in nearby Larkspur (1969).
Studied theatre at the College of Marin, a community college in Kentfield, California.
Attended Juilliard School, in New York City (1973–1976).
Had English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, French and German ancestry.
He was a fan of the Monty Python's Flying Circus, Doctor Who (1963) and Star Trek (1966).
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990.
Received the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2005.
He voiced Ramon and Lovelace in animated family films: Happy Feet (2006) and Happy Feet Two (2011).
Was a member of the Episcopal Church.
Supported St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Was an active supporter of the Democratic Party.
Williams died on August 11, 2014, Paradise Cay, California, United States, at the age of 63.
He was married to:
Susan Schneider (2011-2014)
Marsha Garces Williams (1989-2008) they had two children, Zelda Rae Williams and Cody Alan Williams
Valerie Velardi (1978-1988) they had a son, Zachary Pym "Zak" Williams
He dated Michelle Tish Carter (1984-1986) and Elayne Boosler (1974-1975).