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Birth information

21 July 1951 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Death information

11 August 2014 Tiburon, California, USA

Given Name

Robin McLaurin Williams

How tall is Robin Williams?

1.7 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Susan Schneider
Marsha Garces Williams
Valerie Velardi

Life Story of Robin Williams

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana. Williams had English, German, French, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.

Robin briefly studied political science at Claremont Men's College and theater at College of Marin before enrolling at The Juilliard School to focus on theater. After leaving Juilliard, he performed in nightclubs where he was discovered for the role of "Mork, from Ork", in an episode of Happy Days (1974). The episode, Happy Days: My Favorite Orkan (1978), led to his famous spin-off weekly TV series, Mork & Mindy (1978). He made his feature starring debut playing the title role in Popeye (1980), directed by Robert Altman.

Williams' continuous comedies and wild comic talents involved a great deal of improvisation, following in the footsteps of his idol Jonathan Winters. Williams also proved to be an effective dramatic actor, receiving Academy Award...

Significant features of Robin Williams

Wild improvised stream-of-consciousness comedy dialogue where he would do cultural references, impersonations and one-liners with rapid switching.
Unique skill at imitating voices
Frequently played offbeat and eccentric characters

How much money has Robin Williams earned?

Mork & Mindy (1978) $35,000 per 1/2 hour episode
Popeye (1980) $500,000
Aladdin (1992) $100,000
Jumanji (1995) $15,000,000
Bicentennial Man (1999) $20,000,000
The Night...

Publications and Magazines about Robin Williams

Dave Itzkoff Robin. 2018
Grace, Arthur - photographer Robin Williams: A Singular Portrait, 1986-2002. 2016
Herbert, Emily Robin Williams: When the Laughter Stops 1951--2014. 2014
Watson, Ziggy Robin Williams. 2018
Dave Itzkoff Robin. 2018

Biographical movies about Robin Williams

Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy 2005
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind 2018

What movies did Robin Williams play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Jakob der Lügner (1999) , Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) , Comic Relief (1986) ,
Directors Filmography
Comic Relief (1986) , Mork & Mindy (1982) ,
Actors Filmography
Absolutely Anything (2015) Dennis the Dog, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) Teddy Roosevelt / Voice of Garuda, A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014) Virgil Mitchler, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) Henry Altmann, Boulevard (2014) Nolan Mack, The Crazy Ones (2014) Simon Roberts, The Face of Love (2013) Roger Stillman, Lee Daniels' The...

Birth information

21 July 1951 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Death information

11 August 2014 Tiburon, California, USA

Given Name

Robin McLaurin Williams

How tall is Robin Williams?

1.7 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Susan Schneider
Marsha Garces Williams
Valerie Velardi

Life Story of Robin Williams

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana. Williams had English, German, French, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.

Robin briefly studied political science at Claremont Men's College and theater at College of Marin before enrolling at The Juilliard School to focus on theater. After leaving Juilliard, he performed in nightclubs where he was discovered for the role of "Mork, from Ork", in an episode of Happy Days (1974). The episode, Happy Days: My Favorite Orkan (1978), led to his famous spin-off weekly TV series, Mork & Mindy (1978). He made his feature starring debut playing the title role in Popeye (1980), directed by Robert Altman.

Williams' continuous comedies and wild comic talents involved a great deal of improvisation, following in the footsteps of his idol Jonathan Winters. Williams also proved to be an effective dramatic actor, receiving Academy Award...

Significant features of Robin Williams

Wild improvised stream-of-consciousness comedy dialogue where he would do cultural references, impersonations and one-liners with rapid switching.
Unique skill at imitating voices
Frequently played offbeat and eccentric characters

How much money has Robin Williams earned?

Mork & Mindy (1978) $35,000 per 1/2 hour episode
Popeye (1980) $500,000
Aladdin (1992) $100,000
Jumanji (1995) $15,000,000
Bicentennial Man (1999) $20,000,000
The Night...

Publications and Magazines about Robin Williams

Dave Itzkoff Robin. 2018
Grace, Arthur - photographer Robin Williams: A Singular Portrait, 1986-2002. 2016
Herbert, Emily Robin Williams: When the Laughter Stops 1951--2014. 2014
Watson, Ziggy Robin Williams. 2018
Dave Itzkoff Robin. 2018

Biographical movies about Robin Williams

Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy 2005
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind 2018

What movies did Robin Williams play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Jakob der Lügner (1999) , Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) , Comic Relief (1986) ,
Directors Filmography
Comic Relief (1986) , Mork & Mindy (1982) ,
Actors Filmography
Absolutely Anything (2015) Dennis the Dog, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) Teddy Roosevelt / Voice of Garuda, A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014) Virgil Mitchler, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) Henry Altmann, Boulevard (2014) Nolan Mack, The Crazy Ones (2014) Simon Roberts, The Face of Love (2013) Roger Stillman, Lee Daniels' The...

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Robin Williams and Laurie Williams in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

In 1980, hit #104 on the Billboard Singles Charts with "I Yam What I Yam" (Boardwalk 5701).

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Robin Williams in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

In 2003 he was ranked #7 in Star TV's Top 10 Box Office Stars of the 1990s.

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Robin Williams and Laurie Williams in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

He reached a unique milestone by having two of his films reach the $100-million mark in the US exactly the same week: Jumanji (1995) and The Birdcage (1996). [1996]

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Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt in Jumanji (1995)

He was voted "Least Likely to Succeed" by his fellow graduates at Larkspur.

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Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt in Jumanji (1995)

Early in his career he told a reporter that he was born in Scotland. His original press releases indeed listed Scotland as his place of birth. He admitted that he was "under the influence" at the time he said this. He was really born in Chicago.

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Robin Williams and David Alan Grier in Jumanji (1995)

He was voted the 50th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

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Robin Williams, Sarah Polley, etc.

One week after Christopher Reeve's tragic horse-riding accident, Williams visited him in the hospital. However, he was dressed from head to toe in scrubs, spoke with a Russian accent, and had a surgical mask on. He was acting as if he was a real doctor and did a bunch of wacky antics. After he took off his mask, Reeve stated, "That was the first time he laughed since the accident!".

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Robin Williams in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

When "Blame Canada", a song from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999), was nominated for a Best Song Academy Award, it was Williams who performed the song at the ceremony because the actress who sang the song in the film, Mary Kay Bergman, had committed suicide a few months prior to the awards show. Sadly, Williams himself would also commit suicide fifteen years later.

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Robin Williams in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

He was considered for the role of Joe Miller in Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia (1993), which went to Denzel Washington.

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Robin Williams in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

He was an active supporter of the Democratic Party and had been outspoken about his opposition to the war in Iraq. However, he became the most consistent entertainer of U.S. troops since the war began, leading some to dub him the new Bob Hope.

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Robin Williams and Billy Crystal in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

He had been seen playing paintball at public reservations near his Northern California residences.

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Robin Williams and Zak Williams in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

He was a very overweight child. As a result, nobody would play with him. He started talking in different voices to entertain himself.

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Robin Williams and Valerie Velardi in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

In 2004 he dedicated his winning the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards to his good friend Christopher Reeve.

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Robin Williams and Koko in Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks to People (2016)

Most of his dialogue in Aladdin (1992) was ad-libbed.

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Al Pacino and Robin Williams in Insomnia - Schlaflos (2002)

He had English, French, German, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry.

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Robert De Niro and Robin Williams in Zeit des Erwachens (1990)

He and his Being Human (1994) and Robots (2005) castmate Ewan McGregor have both shared a role with Alec Guinness. McGregor, of course, played the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels. Williams appeared in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996), as Osric, a role that Guinness had played on stage opposite John Gielgud. Williams also shares that role with another Star Wars series actor, Peter Cushing, who played the same role in the same year in the film, opposite Laurence Olivier.

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Robert De Niro and Robin Williams in Zeit des Erwachens (1990)

He co-owned the Rubicon Restaurant in San Francisco with Robert De Niro and fellow Bay area resident Francis Ford Coppola.

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Robin Williams in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

In 1993, he wrote the foreword to Gary Larson's book, "The Far Side: Gallery 4".

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Robin Williams and Bobcat Goldthwait in Clowns - Ihr Lachen bringt den Tod (1991)

Though he was highly regarded for his ability to perform numerous different voices, he only lent his voice to six animated features: FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), Aladdin (1992), Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996), Robots (2005), Happy Feet (2006) and Happy Feet Two (2011). However, he did voice-over work for a cartoon on Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), played a small role in the animated short A Wish for Wings That Work (1991), and had done narration for different rides and attractions at Disney World. He has also done the voice for the character "Doctor Know" in the movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), which was not an animated movie.

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Robin Williams in Clowns - Ihr Lachen bringt den Tod (1991)

Half-brother of McLaurin Smith.

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Robin Williams and Bobcat Goldthwait in Clowns - Ihr Lachen bringt den Tod (1991)

In 1976 he performed at the opening of the San Francisco Comedy Competition against Dana Carvey, Harry Anderson and A. Whitney Brown.

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Robin Williams in Neun Monate (1995)

He invented the curse word "Shazbot", first heard on the situation comedy Mork & Mindy (1978) (in which Mork says the expression during the opening credits). Later it was used in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror VI (1995). In 1998 it was used as a voice chat option in the very popular "Starsiege Tribes" game and was carried over into the sequels "Tribes 2" and "Tribes: Vengeance". "Shazbot, nano nano" also remain the last recorded words of the legendary former singer of AC/DC Bon Scott.

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Robin Williams in Neun Monate (1995)

He considered Jonathan Winters and Richard Pryor his comedic idols.

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Robin Williams in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005)

He was offered the role of The Riddler in Batman Forever (1995), which eventually went to Jim Carrey.

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Robin Williams, Lucinda Jenney, and Maggie McCarthy in Hinter dem Horizont (1998)

He was considered for the role of Bobby Wheeler in the situation comedy Taxi (1978), which went to Jeff Conaway.

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Robin Williams in Hinter dem Horizont (1998)

He was the second choice for the role of Frank Ginsberg in Little Miss Sunshine (2006), which went to Steve Carell.

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Robin Williams in Hinter dem Horizont (1998)

In 1993 was turned down for a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Academy Award nomination in for his performance in Aladdin (1992), because he only voiced the Genie.

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He studied acting briefly at The Juilliard School under John Houseman. Houseman told him he was wasting his talent at Juilliard and he should strike out on his own and do stand-up comedy.

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Robin Williams and Richard Pryor in Pryor's Place (1984)

He resided with his family in San Francisco's Seacliff neighborhood for many years. before moving to San Francisco suburb of Tiburon in the 2000s, just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, CA.

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Robin Williams in Hinter dem Horizont (1998)

He was set to play Drew Barrymore's father in Home Fries (1998) and had the role during production, but pulled out of the part days before his scenes were to be shot.

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Robin Williams in Laugh-In (1977)

In October 1997 he was ranked #63 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

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Robin Williams and Kim Braden in Laugh-In (1977)

In 1997 he was voted funniest man alive by Entertainment Weekly.

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Robin Williams in Laugh-In (1977)

When he auditioned for the role of Mork from Ork on Happy Days (1974), producer Garry Marshall told him to sit down. Williams immediately sat on his head on the chair. Marshall hired him, saying that he was the only alien who auditioned.

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Bette Davis, Robin Williams, Kim Braden, Claire Faulconbridge, Wayland Flowers, etc.

He was a huge fan of the sport of Rugby Union, and in particular New Zealand All Black star Jonah Lomu, who flew to San Francisco and gifted him with a signed All Black jersey. On a recent visit to New Zealand they were reunited on national television, Williams accepting another All Black jersey--except this time it had Jonah's #11 on the back.

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Frank Sinatra, Robin Williams, Wayland Flowers, Ben Powers, Bill Rafferty, Lenny Schultz, etc.

For his first year of college he attended Claremont Men's College (renamed Claremont McKenna College in 1981), in Claremont, California with the intent to study political science. While there he played soccer and took an improvisational theater class because it was the only one open to both men and students from the nearby women's school, Pitzer College. Both colleges later became coeducational in the 1970s. He soon stopped going to the political science classes and his father said he would no longer pay for college so Williams returned home and studied theater at College of Marin junior college in Marin County. He later transferred to The Juilliard School in New York City.

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Robin Williams and Jerry Stiller in Das Geschäft des Lebens (1986)

In 1998 he was listed by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 25 Best Actors.

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Robin Williams in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

He studied at The Juilliard School with actor Christopher Reeve. The two remained good friends until Reeve's death in 2004.

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Robin Williams in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

He enjoyed cycling and occasionally trained with Lance Armstrong.

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Robin Williams in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

After having won the Academy Award for Good Will Hunting (1997), he sent Peer Augustinski (who was his standard German dubbing voice) a little Oscar replica with a note: "Thank you for making me famous in Germany.".

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Jack Nicholson and Robin Williams in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

He graduated from Redwood High School in Larkspur, CA, north of San Francisco. Other famous alumni from Redwood include Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990)) and Erin Gray (Kate Summers from Silver Spoons (1982)), and Jason Branson, radio talk show guest/therapist and author.

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Robin Williams in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

In 2003, he won Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album for "Robin Williams - Live 2002".

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