Robin Williams

Robin Williams
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Williams in 2001
Born
Robin McLaurin Williams

(1951-07-21)July 21, 1951
DiedAugust 11, 2014(2014-08-11) (aged 63)
Cause of deathSuicide by hanging
EducationClaremont McKenna College
College of Marin
Juilliard School
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1976–2014
Spouse(s)
  • Valerie Velardi
    (m. 1978; div. 1988)
  • (m. 1989; div. 2010)
  • Susan Schneider
    (m. 2011)
Children3, including Zelda
Comedy career
MediumStand-up, film, television
GenresObservational comedy, improvisational comedy, physical comedy, political satire, self-deprecation, surreal humour
On September 30, 1988, the Space Shuttle Discovery STS-26 crew started its day with a wakeup call from Robin Williams imitating his character in the 1987 film Good Morning, Vietnam.

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Known for his improvisational skills[1][2] and the wide variety of characters he created on the spur of the moment and portrayed on film, in dramas and comedies alike,[3][4] he is often regarded as one of the best comedians of all time.[5][6][7] Williams began performing stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles during the mid-1970s,[8] and rose to fame playing the alien Mork in the ABC sitcom Mork & Mindy (1978–1982).[9]

After his first starring film role in Popeye (1980), Williams starred in several critically and commercially successful films including The World According to Garp (1982), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), Patch Adams (1998), One Hour Photo (2002), and World's Greatest Dad (2009). He also starred in box office successes such as Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Good Will Hunting (1997), and the Night at the Museum trilogy (2006–2014). He was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting. He also received two Primetime Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards.

On August 11, 2014, at age 63, Williams committed suicide at his home in Paradise Cay, California.[10] His widow, Susan Schneider Williams, as well as medical experts and his autopsy, attributed his suicide to his struggle with Lewy body disease.

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  6. ^ "50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on July 15, 2020. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "The 50 Best Stand-up Comics of All Time". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference Nachman was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  9. ^ "Robin Williams Has Been Voted Funniest Person Ever—Grintage Ireland". Grintageireland.com. Archived from the original on November 26, 2018. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  10. ^ Martin, Nick (August 13, 2014). "San Francisco Neighbours Mourn Robin Williams". Sky News. Archived from the original on August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014.